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GLOBALIZE TOPS ARLINGTON PARK'S OPENING DAY FEATURE
George Todaro, Howard Litt & Jerry Hollendorfer's Globalize, away from the races one year after showing brief foot in last season's Grade I Belmont Stakes, looms a strong choice when he heads a field of seven named to Wednesday's opening day feature at Arlington Park, the $42,000 Barry Shipp Handicap.
Restricted to 3-years-old and upward, the race will be contested at seven furlongs and has an additional $15,120 available in Illinois Owners' Awards to the first three official finishers.
Globalize, who had finished third in the Grade II Peter Pan at the New York oval prior to his Belmont Stakes outing, burst onto the national scene during last year's Road to Triple Crown. The son of Summer Squall captured the Grade II Turfway Park Spiral Stakes in late March by a length and a half and was then second to eventual Travers Stakes hero Unshaded in the Keeneland's Coolmore Lexington Stakes.
Globalize is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, a dominant Northern California conditioner who is campaigning a string at Arlington Park for the first time this summer. The chestnut 4-year-old will shoulder the starting highweight impost of 119 pounds, most of which will be made up by jockey Frank Alvarado.
Sure to provide strong competition for Globalize is Tom Boy Stable's Robin de Nest, a winner of his last start in allowance company at Churchill Downs. In that five furlong dash the bay son of Robin des Pins pressed the pace, challenged for command in mid-stretch and drew clear late to tally by two lengths.
In his previous trip to the post April 12, Arkansas Derby day at Oaklawn Park, Robin de Nest had finished fourth in the Grade III Count Fleet Sprint Handicap. During January and February of this year, the colt had posted back-to-back tallies at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. He gets Wednesday's feature with 115 pounds and has Eddie Razo Jr. named in the irons.
Also in the Barry Shipp with 115 pounds is Cobra Farm, Inc.'s My Halo, an Argentine-bred who has made only three starts in this country and won two of them. In his most recent outing May 18 at Churchill in allowance company, My Halo broke in full stride to make all the pace and held on by a length and three-quarters at the wire. Michael Stidham is the trainer of the 6-year-old and Mark Guidry, leading rider at Arlington last season, is named to handle the reins.
Eugene L. Grandon's Kings Command, second in the Bob Feller Stakes at Prairie Meadows June 2, is the third Barry Shipp contestant assigned 115 pounds. In that recent Iowa outing, Kings Command was unhurrried early, launched a bold bid to take clear command in mid-stretch but was beaten three-quarters of a length at the wire.
Kings Command, trained by Bob Holthus, was sixth in Grade III Fifth Season Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn April 11. The 4-year-old son of Montbrook has regular jockey Tim Doocy slated for the tack.
Completing the field for Wednesday's opening day feature are: Asiel Stable's Classic Appeal, 114, Carlos Silva aboard; Barr Three LLC's Fort Metfield, 114, Chris Emigh astride; and William Cortesi's Magic Doe, 111, Randy Meier up.
Also featured on the opening day program is a four and a half furlong race for maiden 2-year-old fillies. Trick Taker, a daughter of Capote, will fly the familiar blue silks of the internationally prominent Godolphin racing empire in that dash. Godolphin, Dubai-based but with a worldwide presence, will have a string of 2-year-olds based at Arlington for the first time this season. Mark Guidry is named to handle the reins on Trick Taker.
Three new barns have increased the number of stalls at Arlington Park by 164, bringing the total local capacity to 2,140. The investment of more than $3 million added to the money spent last year in preparation for Arlington's reopening, brings the total investment in backstretch improvements to almost $7 million in the last two years.
Also, with the start of the 2001 season, Arlington Park has unveiled a brand new website with more information than ever before. Included will be the live audio and video replays of every race. Arlington's new site will have the same address - www.arlingtonpark.com.
Also new this season, Arlington Park has begun their new Twins Spires Club fan loyalty and rewards program. The Twin Spires Club is part of a national program with Churchill Downs and replaces Arlington's former program, the A-Club. All A-Club members who were active in 2000 have been automatically transferred to the Twin Spires Club, which allows players to earn points each time they wager by using a personally encoded player card.
Points are earned for each dollar wagered, with bonus points available for wagers made on live racing and Churchill Downs Simulcast Network ("CDSN") racetracks: Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Calder Race Course, Ellis Park, Hollywood Park and Hoosier Park at Anderson.
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