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A BIG DAY FOR THE LITTLE LADY
Local trainer Pam Little became only the second conditioner to saddle a training double at the meeting during Saturday's program, joining Northern California invader Jerry Hollendorfer, who accomplished that feat on Friday.
"It was a pretty good day," said Little Sunday morning when discussing the two winners, both owned by Bank & Katz Stable. "I've never had a training double at Arlington before, although I've done it twice at Sportsman's. Obviously, I was very pleased although I thought both horses would run good.
"Always Cool surprised me a little in the third race, because there was another horse in the race who was bet down so much, but she's a tough filly and she tries really hard.
"With Fourth Floor winning the ninth race, I was a little surprised because it was his first time on the grass. They told me he had a lot of grass breeding so I thought he'd run well, but to win the first time over it like that was really exciting."
Earlier in the day, during training hours Saturday morning, Little had worked Richard W. Pletan's Bully Boy and J. B. Stables, Inc.'s Crack The Vault in preparation for next Saturday's $75,000 Springfield Stakes. The Springfield, restricted to 3-year-old Illinois-breds, will be run at a mile as part of next Saturday's Prairie State Festival at Arlington.
"I expect to run both of them, and they both will be trying to win," said Little. "They have different running styles, so I guess it all depends on how the track plays out.
"Crack The Vault is pretty much a proven horse, but Bully Boy is less experienced. But he's done everything right since I got him. The jockey who worked him is crazy about him."
Little, who raced under her maiden name Sanfilippo before getting married, is beginning her fifth season at the local oval.
ONE-TWO FINISHERS IN GRADE III CHICAGO BREEDERS' CUP DOING FINE
Claiborne Farm's Trip, the half-length victress in Saturday's Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, came out of that stakes in good order, James Jones reported Sunday. Jones, who gallops the 4-year-old filly, is trainer Frank Brothers' assistant at Arlington.
"I thought she'd be a little further back in the early part of the race," Jones said Sunday. "But she got off good and just kind of set herself in behind the leader. I looked for her to run big and she did. She's my girl.
"I don't know what the plans are for her next start," Jones said. "I imagine Frankie will take a look at some things and let me know."
Also doing well after cooling out Saturday evening was Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein's Hidden Assets, who made the pace in the Chicago Breeders' Cup 'Cap.
"We sent her home to Churchill Downs last night," said Bill Deakins, assistant to trainer Bernie Flint who is in charge of the Flint string locally. "She's fine. She ran pretty fast but just got a little tired in the last part of it. I wish she'd have gotten a little more out of her last race at Hawthorne, but the track was sloppy that day and she just didn't take to it."
PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL WORKS
Prairie State Festival nominees working Sunday: Mary Cracchiola & Peter Cracchiola's Mattina five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 and Joseph Marovich & Crown's Way Farm's Shemya and Millicent Fitzgerald & Stephen Lipinski's Slamdancer, both in :59 3/5; all for the $75,000 Purple Violet Stakes.
Nancy A. Vanier & Eiji Shirai's Apple Dapple, five-eighths in 1:01 2/5 for the $75,000 Springfield; and Crown's Way Farm, P. Cappas, Founders Group, et al's Kali's Smile that same distance in 1:01 for the $75,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap.
RIDING DOUBLES SATURDAY
Defending Arlington riding champion Mark Guidry was the first jockey to score a riding double at the meeting Saturday, winning the opener astride Frank C. Calabrese's Farley and the fifth with Arthur Vogel's Storm Mist.
Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. equaled that feat later with Jay W. Collier's Becky's Gold in the second and Bank & Katz Stable's Fourth Floor in the finale.
FIRST 2001 ARLINGTON DEAD-HEAT FOR WIN IN SATURDAY'S SIXTH RACE
Lothenbach Stables, Inc.'s Promise of War and Alan Drey's Bold Pilot finished on even terms in Saturday's sixth race to register the first dead-heat for win of Arlington Park 2001.
ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY SLEEPER?
Godolphin's Sleeping Weapon, with Mike Smith scoring the 3,998th win of his career, won a maiden race at Hollywood Park Saturday, getting five furlongs in a blistering :57.28.
Distinction, a $4.2 million Seattle Slew colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas, finished fifth behind Sleeping Weapon, 11½ lengths behind the winner.
For the first time this season, Godolphin is also keeping a string of 2-year-olds at Arlington, with all Godolphin horses available for shipping to major stakes throughout North America.
The Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity will be contested September 29th.
I.T.B.O.F. SALE AT ARLINGTON PARK ON JUNE 23 The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation 2001 Annual Sale of 2-year-olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale will be held at Arlington Park on Saturday, June 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
There are 85 horses catalogued in this year's sale.
On Tuesday, 2-year-olds will breeze for the sale beginning at 10:30 a.m. over the Arlington surface.
Because of the juvenile breezes, regular morning training hours will end at 10 a.m.
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