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Great Racing Secretary Honored in Saturday Feature
As Racing Secretary for 14 years here at Hawthorne, Frank Arsenault set a pattern of consistency throughout the Chicago racing scene that many have followed. After his passing in 1997, Hawthorne staff wanted a proper way to honor him every year. The way to honor him best was to keep him alive in our hearts through racing. Out of this rose the Frank Arsenault Memorial Breeders' Cup Stakes. Covering one mile over the turf course, this race proves to be one of the first major steps in a two-year-old's career as to their ability as a turf specialist. For the 2000 version, ten entrants head post-ward to try to grab the winner's share of the $100,000 purse.
Leading the cast is 7-2 morning-line favorite Unchained Storm. Trained by Mark Casse, Unchained Storm broke his maiden at first asking covering six furlongs over the Woodbine turf course in August. As half of a favored entry in his next start, he ran a disappointing sixth in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Recently though, he has bounced back with an impressive victory in the Morven Stakes at the Meadowlands. Randall Meier gets the call aboard Unchained Storm.
Second choice is Kenneth McPeek's Gift of the Eagle. A veteran in this field, Gift of the Eagle has already run six career races with a pair of victories and a pair of second-place finishes. Most recently, Gift of the Eagle came home first in an allowance test at Turfway Park. Running well in route races, he takes to the turf for the first time today. Mark Guidry has the mount.
Shipping from Texas is Mr. Miesque. This Keith Desormeaux trainee has been impressive in his two turf efforts. He won convincingly in a seven-and-a-half furlong turf allowance before running a close-up second in the El Joven at Retama. His regular rider, Casey Lambert, gets the call once again.
Jockey Tim Doocy came to Hawthorne last weekend and was somewhat overlooked with the likes of Laffit Pincay and Kent Desormeaux in town. But he laughed last when he guided Dust on the Bottle to the winner's circle in the Hawthorne Gold Cup. He won't be overlooked here though as he has the mount on Cobra Devil. A winner in two of three starts in his career, Cobra Devil comes out of a two-length victory in an allowance sprint. He tries the turf and two turns for the first time today.
Rounding out this field of ten are: Card's Leading Doc, Ramsey Zimmerman; Eighth Avenue, Shane Laviolette; Lil Mephistopheles, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; Skipjack, Frank Lovato Jr.; and Tasty Caberneigh, Ray Sibille.
Wednesday's card brought out three riding doubles on the card as jockeys Chris Valovich, Larry Sterling Jr. and Shane Laviolette all guided home a pair of winners. Also, trainer Robert Irwin continued his hot start as he sent out his fifth winner of this short meeting when Dubiousdistinction was victorious in Wednesday's third race.
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