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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/30/04)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


It's official! Three sophomore colts already considered probable for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 14, final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple, submitted late nominations in time for Wednesday's deadline.

David E. Garner's Cool Conductor, second in last Saturday's Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's as the middle leg of the Triple; Timber Bay Farm & Mrs. Thomas J. Walsh's Artie Schiller, second in Colonial Downs' Grade III Virginia Derby July 10; and European-based Hazyview, owned by Thomas Mohan and third in the Group II Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte July 15, are all now eligible for the Secretariat.

Supplementary nominations to the Secretariat may be made by Aug. 6, eight days before the $400,000 race at a cost of $14,000, but the connections of the three late nominees were allowed in for an $800 fee. There were 174 original nominations to the Mid-America Triple when the early deadline of the turf series restricted to 3-year-olds closed April 14 at a $300 fee.

The Secretariat will be run as part of Arlington's International Festival of Racing along with the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. on the second Saturday in August.

Prior to the American Derby, Cool Conductor had finished third in the Grade II Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve as the first leg of the Triple July 3, but bled in that race. Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, the Kentucky-bred son of Stravinsky received Lasix for the first time in the American Derby.

Before the Virginia Derby, Artie Schiller had captured Belmont's Grade III Hill Prince June 6 and won Pimlico's $100,000 Woodlawn Stakes on Preakness Day, May 15.

British-bred Hazyview was apparently overmatched when eighth in the Group I Vodafone Epsom Derby June 5 but won a listed stakes May 22 at Newmarket.


Helen T. Andrews Racing Stable LLC's Panorama Valley, best by more than 10 lengths in the only two starts of her career, looms a strong choice when she heads an overflow field of 13, including an also-eligible, in Saturday's $50,000-added Silver Maiden Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. The five and a half-furlong dash is the supporting feature with the Grade II Washington Park Handicap highlighting the 10-race card.

Assuming 12 fillies go to the post, the Silver Maiden will have a gross value of $54,800, with a $32,880 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.

Panorama Valley, an Ohio-bred daughter of Peaks and Valleys out of a Conquistador Cielo mare, made the pace throughout in the Prairie Meadows' $50,000 Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes July 1, drawing off steadily in the lane for an 11-length score. Before that she won at first asking by 10 May 11 at the Iowa oval. Trained by Anne Mitchell, she will be ridden Saturday by Kevin Murray and share the top impost of 117 pounds.

Also with that impost and capable of providing strong competition for Panorama Valley is Gale Springer's Berbatim, undefeated during the only two starts of her career. The Kentucky-bred by Bernstein out of a Verbatim mare won Minnesota's $40,000 Canterbury Lassie by a nose July 11 and broke her maiden by five at previous asking at Arlington Park June 16.

Opposing the top two are Richard Perkins' Arizona Rose; Jon D. Miller's Cart's Turn; Turf Express Inc.'s I'm On T.V.; Connel, DiPalma & Lamkin's Ketchmewhereyoucan; Ofer Stables LLC's Kota; Dare To Dream Stable LLC's Lisa's Cat; Alex & Joanne Lieblong's Mary Alex; Elias Lubbat & Dale & Richard Termundi's Midnight Miss; Alnoff Stable's Royal Fudge; and Cathy & Bob Zollars' Silky Bay.

William A. Carl's Im a Dixie Girl, trained by Bernie Flint, is the lone also eligible for the Silver Maiden.


Saturday's "Get In The Game" handicapping forum will feature a lesson on evaluating workouts and layoffs, while Sunday's forum will feature as guests Arlington clocker Bobby Belpedio and exercise riders Hershell Davis and Derek Sturniolo.

Also on Saturday, US-99's radio personality Big John Howell brings his Born to Boogie Band to the Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ.

On Sunday, the Junior Jockey Club features lessons on sports photography, and includes a visit with Arlington's official photographers.

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