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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/8/04)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris, winner of this summer's Grade I Arlington Million and last summer's Grade I Secretariat, is being pointed next for Belmont Park's Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on Oct. 2, trainer Michael Matz confirmed Wednesday.
"He seems to be doing fine," said Matz, speaking from his East Coast headquarters about the 4-year-old son of Kris S. Last month Kicken Kris became the third horse in International Festival of Racing history to complete the Secretariat-Million double. "We're keeping our fingers crossed and we're going to wait for the Joe Hirsch for his next start."
The Joe Hirsch will be contested at a mile and a half over Belmont's turf course Oct. 2, same distance as the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at Lone Star Park Oct. 30. Several other contestants from Arlington Million XXII will go to the post this Saturday in Belmont's Grade I Man o' War at the Million distance of a mile and a quarter.
The Group I Baileys Irish Champion Stakes, sixth leg of the 2004 World Series Racing Championship, will be contested Saturday at a mile and a quarter on the turf at Ireland's Leopardstown Racecourse.
Among those still under consideration for Saturday's Irish Champion is Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, first under the wire in the Grade I Arlington Million before being subsequently disqualified and placed fourth. The Arlington Million served as the fourth leg of this summer's World Series.
Also still under consideration for Saturday's Group I event on The Emerald Isle is Saaed Manna's Warrsan, who captured Germany's Group I Grosser Volkswagen Preis von Baden as the fifth leg of the Series Sunday.
Whether or not Warrsan goes to the post in Ireland, he is being pointed for France's Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere. The Arc, at a mile and a half over the lawn at Longchamp, will be run Oct. 3 as the seventh leg of this year's World Series.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Vespone, who made the pace in this summer's Arlington Million before tiring to finish 12th, is another still under consideration for Saturday's Irish event.
Michael Tabor's Magistretti, who was third under the wire in the Arlington Million before being moved up to the runner-up position following the disqualification of Powerscourt, is slated to go to the post Saturday in New York in the Grade I Man o' War at Belmont Park.
Magistretti, who was saddled by Irish-born but British-based trainer Neville Callaghan in the Million, was transferred to the barn of French-born but American-based conditioner Patrick Biancone following Arlington's centerpiece event.
Gary Tanaka's Epalo, fourth under the wire in the Million before being moved up to the third position, is also expected to contest Belmont's Man o' War on Saturday.
Epalo, post time favorite in the Million, remained at Arlington until shipping last Friday. Before leaving Chicago, Epalo breezed a half-mile at Arlington in :51.40 on Aug. 30.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Crimson Palace, who came from off the pace to capture this summer's Grade I Beverly D. by a half-length, was logged out Arlington Park's stable gate at 7:09 Wednesday morning to begin her trip to New York.
The South African-bred mare, who breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 at Arlington last Thursday, is slated to go to the post next in Belmont Park's Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational at a mile and a quarter on Oct. 2.
Expected to challenge Crimson Palace once again in the Flower Bowl is Fox Ridge Farm Inc.'s Riskaverse, who finished second in the Beverly D.
Pin Oak Stable LLC's Bedanken, fifth in the Beverly D. but beaten less than two lengths for all of it, breezed a half-mile Wednesday morning over Arlington's turf course in :52.60 with the "dogs" well out from the rail. Bedanken, heroine of Arlington's Grade III Modesty Handicap July 24, is expected to go next in Keeneland's Grade II WinStar Galaxy Stakes at a mile and three-sixteenths over the Lexington lawn Oct. 10.
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