|Contact: Graham Ross
Wednesday, September 27, 2000
GODOLPHIN SILKS FLY SATURDAY AT ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL
The royal blue silks of Godolphin Racing, Inc. - which include the white "Emirates" logo that is now part of the Arlington Million - are set to return to Arlington International Saturday on closing day of this year's 103-day session.
The Dubai-based silks of Sheikh Mohammed will be worn by the jockey astride Godolphin's Zahwah in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie, showcase thoroughbred event on Arlington's "Fan Appreciation Day."
The day will begin with free admission and end with a free fireworks show shortly after the last race of the 2000 season at Chicago's premier oval. Zahwah, a daughter of Rahy who broke her maiden in the only start of her career at Bay Meadows August 20, will be among a field of 11 two-year-old fillies now expected for the Lassie - Arlington's traditional season highlight for juvenile distaffers.
Zahwah, who arrived at Arlington on Tuesday night, came with assistant David Duggan. Trainer Eoin Harty will be here Saturday to saddle the promising youngster.
"I expect she'll run well," said Harty over the phone from his California headquarters. "I would have preferred to have had another race in her by now, but unfortunately the way things have been going in California, you're basically forced to go from a five and half furlong maiden race to run in a 'Grade 3' going a mile for a second start.
"However, she's fit and training well," said Harty. "If she was to run well Saturday, I would suppose we would take a shot at Churchill Downs next. If not, there is always 'Plan B', but she's a strong-willed filly."
Harty has had Zahwah under his shedrow since January in Dubai. Asked what 'Zahwah" means in Arabic, Harty initially answered: "I have no idea." After thinking a moment, Harty added: "It means: 'Will run well in Chicago in the Lassie on Saturday.'"
Others expected to start in the Lassie include Brian Griggs & Mike Goetz' She's a Devil Due and James W. Orr Jr.'s Dare She Goes, first and second respectively in the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes here September 9.
In the Top Flight, final local prep for the Arlington-Washington Lassie at six furlongs, She's a Devil Due, void of early foot, circled the leaders when set down for the drive and was just up in the final jump.
Dare She Goes was allowed to settle just off the early pace that day, assumed command just after the furlong marker when the leader tired and then just failed to withstand She's a Devil Due in the last stride.
Others that have been expected to start in Saturday's Lassie include: Carl F. Pollard's Caressing; Pin Oak Stable's Costly Crown; Stronach Stable's Montana Cat; Tom Stephens, George Reeves & Jerry Hendrickson's Pionjewel; and James Tafel LLC's Scoop.
Newer additions to Saturday's prospective Lassie field, in addition to Zahwah, are: Tom & Joan Roberts, et al's Gold Huntress; Brad Anderson's The Hess Express; and Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein's Thunder Bertie. Of these, The Hess Express appears the most experienced thus far in her brief career. The daughter of Lord Carson out of a Turkoman mare won her first two starts and then was most recently second in the $100,000 Bassinet at River Downs behind the victorious Caressing.
REMINDER! FIRST POST FRIDAY AT 3 P.M!
For the last Friday of the Arlington meet September 29, first post has been moved up five minutes to 3 p.m. Also on Friday, the "live" race program will be reduced by one to nine "live" races.
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