|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano, winner of the Grade I Arlington Million in August, came up empty when trying to rally along the rail in the lane in Saturday's Group I Cox Plate in Australia and finished fourth, beaten about four lengths at the wire.
The Australian-bred Northerly, owned by Mrs. J. A. Kersley et al, rallied in the late stages to win the eighth leg of the World Series Racing Championship at Moonee Valley Racing Club by three-quarters of a length from defending champion Sunline, who races in the silks of McKee, Green & Lusty.
Northerly had to withstand a posted inquiry that took 45 minutes to settle before the result was allowed to stand. Woodlands Stud Syndicate's Viscount, the lone 3-year-old in the Cox Plate, finished a close third behind the top two.
Sunline, the only mare in the race, was attempting to win the race on the outskirts of Melbourne for the third year in a row. She made the pace before weakening to Northerly in the late stages of the mile and a quarter test.
Jockey Andreas Suborics, who rode Silvano to victory in the Million, third leg of World Series 2001, settled just behind the early leaders, attempted a rally along the rail in the lane but was unable to sustain a bid.
After the race Suborics said that Silvano felt good under him with 600 meters to go, just as he had in the Arlington Million, but never found his late kick and came up very flat.
Silvano, with his fourth place finish, is now in third place behind Fantastic Light and Galileo in the World Series standings with 15 points. Godolphin's Fantastic Light competes in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf at Belmont Park later in the day on Saturday, while Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor's Galileo will go to the post in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic, one race after the Turf. Both New York races are part of the World Thoroughbred Championships and are also the ninth and 10th races in this year's World Series.
Defending Arlington Trainer Champion Wayne Catalano saddled Frank C. Calabrese's Honor Me to win the sixth race Friday, moving within one win of current leader Jerry Hollendorfer with two racing days to go in the Arlington season.
"It's a tough game," said Catalano following his lone win of the day, "but we're trying our best."
Hollendorfer -- who was winless on Friday -- is campaigning at Arlington for the first time this season on a full-time basis, and has been in a heated duel with the defending champion in the waning days of the season.
Owner Peter Abruzzo accepted the October Owner of the Month Award Friday on behalf of the partnerships of Abruzzo, George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer.
"It's really an honor," said Abruzzo following Friday's fifth race presentation. "We had to win a lot of races to do it. Hopefully, we'll keep it going."
Owner, Jockey and Trainer Awards for each month have been sponsored by Bob Chinn's World Famous Crab House since their inception.
Jockey Corey Lanerie won the Jockey of the Month Award and was presented with his award after the sixth race.
"It seems like I always do well in the latter part of this meeting," said Lanerie. "I'm glad I was able to do it once again."
Trainer of the Month for October at Arlington was presented to Mickey Goldfine after Friday's seventh race.
"I'm very pleased," said Goldfine. "I was surprised. This is quite an honor."
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