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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/27/04)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

PRAIRIE STATE 'BLOCK' PARTY SUCCESSFUL BUT NOT PERFECT

Wins in two of Saturday's six Prairie State Festival races left trainer Chris Block in a positive frame of mind Sunday morning at Arlington Park, with the best news being that all four of Block's competitors returned well from their efforts in the Illinois Thoroughbreds' program.

"Everybody came back fine," an upbeat Block said Sunday morning, buoyed by his wins with Team Block's Fort Prado in the $88,050 Springfield Stakes and Hussar Racing Stable's Lighthouse Lil in the $85,850 Lincoln Heritage Handicap in the following event.

Team Block's Mystery Giver, 2002 Illinois Horse of the Year who was sixth in the $84,650 Cardinal Handicap while assigned six more pounds than his nearest rival, apparently suffered no setback from the top impost.

"He ran different than I expected," Block said Sunday, "but he came out of his race in real good shape. He ate well last night and was sticking his head out of his stall this morning. He's feeling so good that it makes me more determined than ever to get him ready for the Arlington Handicap (GIII, July 24). He had to get something out of the race yesterday because he was a little too aggressive the way he ran. Maybe I had the clock wound too tight.

"Fort Prado came out of his race real good, too," said Block. "He's a little tired this morning, but he's fine. I've always thought he had a lot of talent and he finally showed it. Fraternity (a Block-trained gelding owned by Moabo Stable LLC who finished 10th in the Springfield) also came out of his race real good.

"Lighthouse Lil had the toughest race of all of them," said Block of the heroine of the Lincoln Heritage 'Cap who went from last to first with her patented late run. "She ran very hard, and she's a little tired this morning, but she's fine."

ALL WELL SUNDAY WITH GEIER-TRAINED PRAIRIE STATE QUINTET

Trainer Greg Geier reported all was well Sunday morning with his quintet of runners in Saturday's Prairie State Festival.

George Johnson & Crown's Way Farm's Garesche and R N R Breeders II's Act of War, both trained by Geier, were fourth and fifth respectively in the $84,650 Cardinal Handicap.

Crown's Way Farm's Gracility and Peter Stamas & Crown's Way Farm's Invader, fourth and seventh respectively in Saturday's $85,750 Isaac Murphy Handicap, are also Geier trainees, as is that group's Expendable, seventh in the $85,850 Lincoln Heritage Handicap.

CARDINAL 'CAP WINNER, WHITE OAK 'CAP HERO FINE SUNDAY MORNING

James M. Kelly's Runaway Victor, longshot winner of Saturday's $84,650 Cardinal Handicap, and Terry Renfrow & Eugene Young's Silver Bid, hero of Saturday's $83,650 White Oak Handicap were both reported feeling fine Sunday morning by their respective conditioners Doug Matthews and Joel Berndt.

SPRINGER'S QUARTET DOING WELL; ALSO CRISTEL, JANKS, BOYCE PAIRS

The Frank Springer-conditioned quartet of Prairie State Festival runners all came back well, the trainer said Sunday morning.

Jaguar On The Run Stable LTD.'s Jaguar Friend, and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Out for a Spin, second and 12th respectively in the $88,050 Springfield Stakes; Reineman color bearer Home of Stars, third in the $84,650 Cardinal Handicap; and Jaguar On The Run Stable LTD.'s Jaguar City, second in the $85,750 Isaac Murphy Handicap; made up the Springer Prairie State Festival quartet.

Carolyn & Harry Disko's I Can Fan Fan, and Judy Cristel & Charles J. Sigrist's Samantha B., second and third respectively in Saturday's $85,850 Lincoln Heritage Handicap both came out of their efforts in good order, trainer Mark Cristel said Sunday morning.

The Christine Janks-trained duo of William Lydon & Carson Springs Farm's Ms. Lydonia and Samuel Henry, Dominic Marsella & Carson Springs Farm's Manitowish returned in fine fettle Sunday morning, according to Janks.

Manitowish was second in the $83,650 White Oak Handicap, and Ms. Lydonia was second under the wire in the $85,850 Purple Violet Stakes before being disqualified to fourth.

The Michele Boyce-trained pair of Joseph C. Sansone's Cozy, fifth in the Lincoln Heritage 'Cap; and Barr Three LLC's Tanner Terrific, ninth in the Springfield, were both doing fine Sunday morning, according to Boyce.

HAZELTON'S PRAIRIE STATE RUNNERS ALL OKAY

Mary Rodriguez, assistant to trainer Richard Hazelton, reported Sunday morning that all of that Illinois-based conditioner's horses returned well from the Prairie State Festival.

They included Ben Barnow's Dharma Girl, winner of the $85,750 Isaac Murphy Handicap, as well as Hazelton's trio of the runners in Saturday's $88,050 Springfield Stakes, all owned by Asiel Stable. Prairie King finished third in the 3-year-old stakes, while Kemp came home seventh and Echota finished 11th. That stable's Shandy was fourth in the White Oak 'Cap.

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