|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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Quickly out of the gate in the trainer standings at the young Arlington Park meeting has been David Hinsley, a local horseman who has established roots in Chicago and at Arlington over the past few years.
With five trips to the winner's circle through Thursday, Hinsley had saddled one less victor than co-leaders Jerry Hollendorfer and Chris Block, even though Hinsley only has 23 horses on the grounds at the local oval. Tied with Hinsley with five wins through Thursday was Wayne Catalano, the defending trainer champion.
"I don't have enough horses to stay in contention for leading trainer honors," said Hinsley, "but we're off to a good start. As long as I can stay among the top 10 or 15 trainers until the end of the meeting, I'll be happy."
Although his father was a Chicago native, Hinsley was born in Branford, Ontario, moved to Australia when he was eight years old, and began riding in Australian races when he was 16.
"I won a few races, but I got hurt shortly after I started, and got too big. My riding career was over by the time I was 17," Hinsley said. "I came back to the United States, and started messing around with rodeo riding, but I still have family over there."
Other than the mid-winter months at Tampa, however, the David Hinsley barn is Chicago-based, and even when Arlington closed briefly after the 1997 season, Hinsley and his wife Sharon settled in a home in Elk Grove Village.
"I was in the top 10 among Arlington trainers before the track closed, and even after it closed, we went ahead and made our home there," Hinsley said. "We always believed that the track would come back."
Among the interesting Hinsley statistics through Thursday are an average win price of $23.60, 10 in-the-money finishes from 17 starters, and a win percentage of 29.41.
Probably Hinsley's most notable horse at the present time is Fort Metfield, who has visited the winner's circle 13 times in his career, but among the good horses he has trained are Northern Relation, Runaway Emily, and Distinctive Mr. B.
"The horses are running well, and we've been very lucky," Hinsley said of his fast start. "Also, I've got good owners who are all team players. We'll just try to keep doing the same things we're doing and hope things continue to go well."
R.T.M. Racing, Ltd.'s Faccia Bella, winner of the Peach Of It Handicap at Sportsman's Park March 31, will shoulder the top impost of 118 pounds in Sunday's secondary feature, the $45,000 Your Ladyship Handicap.
The one-mile test is restricted to fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward that are Illinois registered, conceived, and/or foaled.
In her last trip to the post June 23, Faccia Bella tried the turf course for the second time in her career and was unsuccessful, finishing a well-beaten 10th in the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day here. Before that the Dixie Brass mare had been a good third, beaten two and a half lengths for all of it, in the $50,000 Regal Rumor May 26 at Hawthorne.
Next in racing secretary David Bailey's list of weights for the Your Ladyship is W. Dean West's Lil Bobbie Too who is assigned 117 pounds. The daughter of Storm Boot was third, beaten only a half-length for all of it in the $75,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap here, also on Prairie State Festival Day.
Facing the top two in the Your Ladyship are: Triple B-E Stable's Bugsy Mae, 116; Singer Farm, Inc.'s Royal Bandita, 116; Bank & Katz Stable's Always Cool, 114; George D. Michalson's Magic Motel, 113; James M. Levitch Jr.'s She's a Drummer, 113; and Steve Pauls & Pat Endo's Mon Baiser, 112.
Of these Bugsy Mae has disappointed in her last two outings on the grass, but had a pair of good seconds at Sportsman's earlier in the year, one of which came behind Faccia Bella in the Peach of It Handicap.
Royal Bandita was fifth in the Isaac Murphy, but beaten less than two lengths for all of it and had been a good third, beaten only a length, two starts back.
With the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf observing its 70th renewal on Sunday, a colorful history of the race has unfolded over the years, but one of the most prominent names in its past is almost one of the most recent.
Trainer Tom Amoss will start highly regarded Williams News, owned by On Target Racing Stable, in Sunday's renewal, and among that gelding's past accomplishments is a win in the 2000 renewal of Arlington's mile and a half turf fixture under the tutelage of Amoss.
Although not stabled here last year, Amoss was a frequent and successful visitor, winning eight of 23 races, including this long distance affair over the lawn. The 39-year-old native of New Orleans also had a 56 percent success race finishing in the money.
Amoss, in fact, is going for his third straight Stars and Stripes victory, having saddled R. Wilson's Lakeshore Drive to win the 1997 renewal before Arlington became inactive for two years. Before that, Amoss won the 1994 renewal with Temple Webber Jr.'s Marastani.
Howard E. Nelson & Dan Johns' Treat Me Doc has been retired after bowing a tendon following his second-place finish in the $75,000 Cardinal Handicap July 23.
"He's bowed before," said trainer Gene Brajczewski of the 7-year-old son of Doc's Leader. "I could have given him a year off and then bring him back, but I don't want to bring him back and risk him. He's been too good to me and Mr. Nelson."
"He was a wonderful racehorse and did great by me," said Nelson. "I raised him and raced him. We'll send him to the farm and he'll make a great riding horse."
Treat Me Doc retires with a record of 6-4-4 from 38 starts and earnings of $341,734. His biggest victory came when he captured the 1999 Kentucky Mile Handicap at Kentucky Downs.
Sunday's "live" television coverage on CBS of the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf will be the first "live" national network telecast from Arlington since July 13, 1996, when Allen E. Paulson's Cigar won the Arlington Citation Challenge.
On June 30, 1973, a crowd of more than 41,000 was on hand at Arlington Park to see Secretariat capture the Arlington Invitational by nine lengths.
On July 1, 1966, Hall of Fame Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., now the world's all-time leading rider in history with more than 9,000 victories, recorded the first American win of his career on his first mount in the United States aboard Fred W. Hooper's Teacher's Art at Arlington.
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