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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/19/04)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Conditioner Christine Janks, who remains among the leaders in Arlington's trainer standings, will saddle two horses in Sunday's $42,500 Double Delta Stakes, but even she doesn't know which one has the best chance of posing in the winner's circle.
"If you asked me to choose right now I don't know which one I'd pick," Janks said when speaking of her two trainees For Gillian and Chic Dancer, scheduled to match strides in Sunday's one mile grass test for sophomore members of the distaff set.
"Chic Dancer has already won on the turf, and she's been doing very well lately," said Janks of the daughter of Joyeux Danseur owned by the S. D. Brille Ltd. Partnership. The Kentucky-bred captured an allowance race at a mile and a sixteenth on Hawthorne's turf course May 4. Previously, Chic Dancer had broken her maiden in a six-furlong sprint on the main track at the Southside oval April 9.
"For Gillian has never run on the turf, but her mother liked the turf," said Janks, referring to the Classic Go Go mare Lady Jezzi. "Also, I've been waiting for a chance to run her farther."
To date, For Gillian, owned by William Lydon, Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farm, has only run in six-furlong races. Her most recent outing came May 21 at Hawthorne, where the Florida-bred came from well back to gain the runner-up spot at the wire. Before that, the daughter of Gold Fever broke her maiden April 9 with an impressive four-length tally while drawing off in the late stages.
"The owners of both horses have asked me which one I'll be rooting for," said Janks, "and I never know what to say when I'm asked a question like that. I guess my answer is 'which ever one looks like she has the best chance when the race has 70 yards to go.' "
Raffle tickets to benefit the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation (RICF) remain on sale at various locations around Arlington Park for the second of seven drawings to be held throughout the summer season at the local oval.
The second drawing will be held Sunday afternoon at Arlington, and the more tickets sold between now and the time of the drawing, the bigger the prize.
The RICF provides on site medical, dental, social services, licensed outpatient substance abuse programs and community mental health clinics to the employees and residents on the backstretches of the racetracks in Illinois.
"This is a great opportunity for racing fans, horsemen and employees to win money and donate to a good cause," said Cliff Goodrich, president of Arlington Park, shortly before the first drawing on Memorial Day. "If our guests can afford to wager $5 on a horse, we hope they will be able to buy a raffle ticket for the same price. They could win a large cash prize, and know that even if they don't, they haven't wasted their money."
There are two separate pools -- one for the public, and one for horsemen and employees in the RICF 50/50 Raffle -- so named because 50 percent of each drawing's total pool is paid out to the winning ticket holder, while the remaining 50 percent of each pool will be donated to the RICF.
RICF services are provided largely free of charge to eligible backstretch workers and their families. In addition, RICF provides public health screenings, educational programs, drug prevention programs and health fairs. School physicals, immunizations, flu vaccines, summer children's programs with area school districts and holiday celebrations are some of the services provided to the children and families on the racetracks.
Dacmit Inc.'s Cats Copy, a Michigan-bred 3-year-old filly who has won three straight, is one of several contestants in Sunday's $42,500 Double Delta Stakes that will be making her first start on grass as well as her first trip at the one-mile distance.
What did trainer Dale Bennett think of Cats Copy's chances considering the two unfamiliar assignments?
"She's a nice filly," said Bennett of the daughter of Cat's Career who won Great Lakes Downs' $40,000 Regret Stakes at last asking May 28. "I know she'll like the mile, and I think she'll like the grass. Also, I need to get a race into her and this one fits right in."
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