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Arlington Park Barn Notes

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"WANTED: Illinois Thoroughbred Owners" read the poster style headline on Arlington Park's infield matrix board Tuesday.

"For THEFT of Future Races" said the subhead.

"REWARD: A Date in the Winner's Circle" promised the postscript.

All 85 catalogued horses entered in Saturday's Illinois Thoroughbred Owners Foundation Sale breezed over the Arlington Park track Tuesday in preparation for their upcoming engagements in this weekend's venue.

Approximately 100 prospective buyers and Thoroughbred enthusiasts were on hand for the public workouts that commenced shortly after Arlington's regular morning training hours.

The 2001 Annual Sale of 2-year-olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age will begin here at Arlington 6:30 p.m. Saturday as one of the highlighted events of the second annual Prairie State Festival at Arlington.

Hip #29, an unnamed by juvenile by Forest Wildcat was the first horse to work Tuesday, getting an eighth of a mile in :11 seconds flat.

Moments later, Hip #36, a 2-year-old filly named Full O'Spunk, galloped a leisurely quarter of a mile in :35 2/5.

"The horse you buy Saturday might win the Prairie State Festival next year," said Cheryl Magana, a co-director of Saturday's sale. "Last year when the sale was held at Arlington, we had more people than ever before, and we're looking forward to having that festive atmosphere once again this weekend."

Stop Drop and Roll and Genteel Lady are a pair of stakes-placed youngsters who went through last year's sale held as part of the Prairie State Festival.

One of the most interesting of the youngsters to breeze Tuesday was Hip #46, a chestnut filly named Rainbow Keys, who was part of the eighth set to appear on the track and went an eighth of a mile in :12 flat. The daughter of Golden Hills out of Dee's Keys was named by a young female fan present at Arlington last Labor Day weekend as part of an "America's Day at the Races" promotion.


One day before entries were to be taken for all six stakes races in Saturday's Prairie State Festival at Arlington, stakes coordinator Chris Polzin checked off these probable starters:

In the $75,000 Purple Violet Stakes for 3-year-old fillies: Dan C. Muckler & Jack Wolfner's Ballado's Baby; CJH Inc.'s Bongo Bobbie; Mary Cracchiola & Peter Cracchiola's Mattina; Dennis & Elizabeth Keller's Mudgie; and Joseph Marovich & Crown's Way Farm's Shemya.

In the $75,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and upward: John Conforti's Capitol View; L. J. Gaudreau & Larry Gillen's Come September; W. Dean West's Lil Bobbie Too; Steve Pauls & Pat Endo's Mon Baiser; J. Bishop, B. Brannigan, R. S. & W. Perkins' Q. P. Cat; David Halfacher's Rain Boots; and Crown's Way, J. Marovich, LLC & Founders Group's Sandy's Way.

In the $75,000 Springfield Stakes for 3-year-olds: R'n R Breeders' Act of War; Nancy A. Vanier & Eiji Shirai's Apple Dapple, Richard W. Pletan's Bully Boy; Howard E. Nelson's Eyebrow Raiser; W. Dean West's Lil Mephistopheles; Hondo Ranch, Inc.'s Meadow Champ; Jim Equils' Star Chief; and Richard Otto Stables, Inc.'s Thomas Crown.

In the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and upward on the turf: Triple B-E Stable's Bugsy Mae; Michele Boyce Racing, Inc. & Cherrywood Racing Stable's Cozy; Thorobeam Stable's Erin Murphy; Team Block's Ioya Two; Moises R. Yanez & Marion Varney's M and M Machine; George D. Michalson's Magic Motel; Matthew Sularski's On The Hop; Emerald Ridge Farm's Something Wicked; Nancy A. Vanier & Lyda Williamson's Spring Open; and Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.'s Starr Mis.

In the $75,000 White Oak Handicap for 3-year-olds and upward: Asiel Stable's Classic Appeal; Imagine Stable's Davey's Cutlass; William C. Brown's Esther Egg; Fortino, Inc.'s It's All Personal; William Cortesi's Magic Doe; Samuel Henry, Dominic Marsella, & Emerald Ridge Farm's Manitowish; Charles W. Bidwill III's Oxford Prince; Mrs. & Michael Brickman's Star Advantage; and Bob Austin & Ron L. Brandenburg's Tic N Tin.

In the $75,000 Cardinal Handicap for 3-year-olds and upward on the grass: Guy In The Sky Stable's Birthday Gift; Steve H. Lewis's Chartwell; Richard Englander's Court Lite Kenny; Pat Orr & Linda Bellamy's Etched; Hondo Ranch, Inc.'s G All Day; Mt. Joy Stables, Inc.'s Just Like Jimmy; Thomas J. Kutrovacz' Just Like Prime; Horse Cents Stable's Mister Volare; Team Block & Lin Grisham's Reno Rumble; M. Crowe, J. Muno & Tom Swearingen Racing, Inc.'s Sharp Critic; Mr. & Michael Brickman's Smilin' Slew; Howard E. Nelson & Dan Johns' Treat Me Doc; and Panic Stable LLC's Triple Deek.


Full siblings Minor Wisdom and Sabathani worked moments apart on the Arlington turf Wednesday morning (with the "dogs" up) in advance of possible Saturday starts in the Cardinal and Lincoln Heritage handicaps respectively.

The former, a 5-year-old and the winner of last year's Cardinal as well as the Grade III Hawthorne Derby in 1999, went five furlongs in 1:00 flat with assistant trainer Evan Scherer (trainer Richie Scherer's wife) in the irons; while the latter, a stakes-winning 4-year-old filly, went the same distance in 1:02 4/5 under apprentice Zoe Cadman.

Scherer was unsure whether either horse would start Saturday.

"I'm in a weird spot with both of them," Scherer said. "The filly didn't finish her last race (a $52,000 allowance race at Churchill May 17) because she was fibrillating. We sent her to the clinic to have her heartbeat corrected. I want to see how she comes out of this work before I decide what to do. Minor Wisdom was training on a turf track on the farm for a while and I want to see where I am at with him."


Assistant Debbie Graves, wife of conditioner Elliott Walden's assistant trainer Todd Graves, is on the grounds with the first group of local Walden trainees arriving from Keeneland and Lone Star.

"We'll be getting more horses coming in another week or 10 days," said Graves.

Also with his first horses on the grounds is trainer Chris Candies, with two more vans coming tomorrow.

"Chris will be here at Arlington in about a week," said Candies assistant Marvin Wooley. "Chris's assistant trainer Sherman Savioe is in charge of the barn until he gets here. Chris is staying at Lone Star until T. B. Track Star runs in the Bob Johnson Memorial Stakes."

Also at Lone Star Park, El Gran Papa won last Saturday's $300,000 Dallas Turf Cup. El Gran Papa, trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel, could start next in the Grade III Arlington Handicap on July 28, Million Preview Day at Arlington Park.


The Only Sons band will entertain during Friday's Miller Lite "Party In The Park" at Arlington. The group is a cover band that plays a variety of music from dance hits of the '70s and '80s to classic rock and present-day artists.

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