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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/29/04)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Keith McKinney & Jack Sweesy's Gold Storm and Alpha One Stable's Super Fuse, first and second respectively in Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint, both came out of the race in good order and were doing well Sunday morning according to their connections.
Gold Storm, dismissed at 9-1 in Saturday's Sprint despite the quiet confidence of his trainer C. W. Bubba Cascio, was labeled "really good" Sunday morning at Arlington following his three quarter-length victory over Super Fuse.
"We were real pleased with the way he ran," said Cascio, "and we would have been very disappointed if he hadn't run well. Now we'll look at another sprint with Breeders' Cup money for his next start, and if that goes well, we'll look toward running him in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint (at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Oct. 30).
Cascio and his owners are Texans, and the chance to start a horse in the first Texas-based Breeders' Cup in its 21-year-history would obviously be a priority.
"But we couldn't have been treated any nicer than we have been since we got here to Arlington Park," said Cascio. "Win or lose, this was a great experience for us and we've enjoyed it thoroughly."
Cascio and owner Sweesy are not finished with their trip to Chicago. The group will start Blackjack Thoroughbreds' (Jack & Eleanor Sweesy) Logan's Draw in Sunday's $52,800 Spectacular Bid Stakes at seven furlongs. That extended dash is the final major local prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity Sept. 19, closing day of Arlington's 2004 season.
Super Fuse, Saturday's Sprint runner-up, was doing "excellent" Sunday morning, according to Toby Sheets, trainer Steve Asmussen's head assistant at Arlington Park this summer. "He's been tearing the barn down this morning," said Sheets.
The third annual "Riding For A Cure" program to benefit cancer research will be held Monday, Sept. 13 at the Barrington Hills Riding Center, but the inaugural "Putting For A Cure" contest will precede that Sept. 8-10 at Arlington Park.
"Putting For A Cure" will be a three-man, three-hole putting scramble designed by Dennis Cooper, agent for Arlington's defending jockey champion Rene Douglas, and Frank G. Gabriel Jr., Arlington executive vice president of racing and racing secretary and handicapper. Gabriel is also the husband of Christine Gabriel, Arlington's television personality and a cancer survivor who founded "Riding For a Cure" in 2002.
"It costs $20 per person to enter," said Cooper when explaining the rules of "Putting For A Cure" earlier this week. "However, each person, and each team can enter as many times as they want. People can enter as a team one day, or all three days of the contest, and there will be no limit on the same people entering on different teams. But individuals must still pay $20 each time they enter.
"We haven't decided on the winner's prize yet," said Cooper. "It might be something like dinner at The Wharf in San Francisco. Of course, if that turns out to be the prize, you have to get there on your own.
"All proceeds from 'Putting For A Cure' will go toward this years 'Riding For A Cure'," Cooper said. "For additional rules, people should contact either me or head pro Jerry La Sala."
Cooper and Douglas have combined their talents to leading rider honors the last three years at Arlington, and with 102 victories through Saturday, Douglas is well on his way to an fourth straight Arlington Park jockey championship, a feat never before accomplished in the history of the Northwest Chicago oval.
Douglas has also been wearing a patch on his jockey pants that consists of the "Riding For A Cure" logo in recent weeks.
Iron County Farms Inc.'s Bare Necessities, conditioned by Arlington's current leading trainer Frank Kirby, breezed seven-eighths Sunday morning in 1:28.80 in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap.
Jockey Larry Sterling Jr. and trainer Frank R. (Bobby) Springer each won three races Saturday at Arlington Park.
Springer joined Michael Reavis as only the second trainer to saddle a triple during the 2004 Arlington Park season.
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