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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/5/04)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Summer Mis, heroine of Keeneland's Grade III Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes last October, and Cresran LLC's Sue's Good News, winner of Arlington's Grade III Singapore Plate in August of 2003, face each other and five other well-matched fillies and mares set in Monday's $50,000-added Safely Kept Stakes.

The featured event on the rare Monday live racing program at Arlington, third and last such six-day racing week during the 2004 season, will have a gross value of $52,800 if the field remains intact, with a $31,680 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.

Although based at Arlington, Summer Mis journeyed to Saratoga for her last trip to the post, and finished fifth in the Grade II Honorable Miss Handicap on Aug. 6 despite stumbling just after the start.

Previously on America's Birthday July 4, the Illinois-bred daughter of 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall captured the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes at Iowa's Prairie Meadows. Last year, in addition to her graded stakes tally at Keeneland, Summer Mis, who is trained by Tony Mitchell, took down winning honors in $84,550 Isaac Murphy Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day in June and visited the winner's circle once again in the $45,000 Unique Type Handicap in July.

Summer Mis will shoulder the top impost of 122 pounds in the Safely Kept and has Eddie Razo Jr., currently second in the Arlington jockey standings, named to handle the reins.

Sue's Good News, trained by Steve Hobby, appears to be returning to the form she showed last season as a sophomore. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Woodman out of an Easy Goer mare was clearly best by a length and a half in Prairie Meadows' $40,000 Iowa State Fair Stakes at last asking Aug. 21. Before that, in an extended sprint here at Arlington, she was a contentious runner-up beaten three-quarters of a length despite racing five wide into the lane.

Although winless since last season's Singapore Plate, she was a close third, again beaten three-quarters of a length for all of it, in Oaklawn's $75,000 Bayakoa Stakes April 4 and fourth beaten less than three in the $75,000 H.B.P.A. Handicap at Ellis Park July 10.

Sue's Good News, assigned 116 pounds Monday, is to be ridden by Tim Doocy who will journey from Iowa for the mount.

Others named to Arlington's Labor Day feature are Richard Rudolph & Michael Vranich's Cashmere Miss, 116, Earlie Fires aboard; Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Maple Syrup, 114, James Graham; Nelson Bunker Hunt's Souris, 118, Eddie Martin Jr.; Long Odds Racing Stable Inc.'s Questionable Past, 118, Carlos Marquez Jr.; and Marc D. Goldish & Savoy Stable's Smoke Chaser, 120, Eduardo Perez in the irons.

Questionable Past could be an interesting challenger Monday. One of only two 3-year-olds in the sprint, the daughter of Petionville out of a Silent Screen mare made her first start as a sophomore on Arlington Million Day Aug. 14, and took down winning honors in the $52,200 Smart Deb Stakes. As a juvenile last November, the Kentucky-bred journeyed to Sam Houston Park in Texas to capture the $35,000 Miss Houston Stakes.


Amerman Racing Stables LLC's Adoration and Turf Express Inc.'s Tamweel, who turned Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap into a two-horse duel, may have given Arlington racing fans a preview of a rematch in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Distaff at Lone Star Park on Breeders' Cup Day, Oct. 30.

Adoration, in fine fettle in Arlington's Stakes Barn Sunday morning, is slated for one more start between now and the Distaff, where she is the defending champion.

According to trainer David Hofmans in Matron winner's circle ceremonies, Adoration's next start will come in either Santa Anita's Grade II Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap during the Oak Tree session Sept. 28, or in Keeneland's Grade I Overbrook Spinster Oct. 5.

After pressing the pace of Adoration throughout Saturday's Matron, Tamweel finished two lengths behind the BC Distaff champion but was almost three lengths to the good of the third-place finisher. According to trainer Wayne Catalano, Tamweel came out of the Matron in good order but is not likely to start before her next probable assignment in this year's BC Distaff.

Incidentally, Hofmans' training feat in preparing Adoration for her winning effort in Saturday's Matron after being idle since her tally in Churchill's Grade II Fleur de Lis June 12, equaled the highly-publicized race time gap accomplished by Nick Zito between Birdstone's back-to-back wins in the Grade I Belmont Stakes June 5 and Saratoga's Grade I Travers Aug. 28.


Saturday's Pick 3 at Arlington Park on the third, fourth and fifth races registered a season high payoff of $15,427.50 based on a $1 wager.

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