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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/11/04)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Allen Tanis's Rich City Girl, impressive when a close third in her career turf debut last time, should be well regarded in the wagering when she faces nine female rivals in Sunday's featured $42,000-added Flawlessly Stakes at about a mile over Arlington Park's world famous turf course.
If the field of 10 fillies in mares remains intact, the Flawlessly will have a gross value of $44,500, with a $26,700 share of that sum going to the owners of the victress.
Capable of providing strong competition for Rich City Girl -- and another candidate for post time favoritism in the well-matched field -- is Cobra Farm Inc.'s Brunilda, an import from The Argentine who won her North American debut over the Arlington grass following a seven-month layoff.
Rich City Girl, from the barn of red-hot trainer Christine Janks, made the pace in her most recent start July 15, when she succumbed in the final strides to Willmont Stable's Mymich, who she must face again Sunday, and Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Lovely Afternoon, who has since won the Grade III Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks.
Brunilda, conditioned by Mike Stidham, even with Janks in the local trainer's standings through Thursday, captured her Arlington American bow Aug. 21 by coming from off the pace in a seven and a half-furlong test on the main track, but should benefit from that tightener. Previously, on Jan. 23 on at San Isidro in Argentina, she was second by three-quarters of a length in the grassy Group II Clasico R. & E. Fernandez Guerrico.
Mymich, a daughter of 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic winner A. P. Indy, is trained by Tony Reinstedler. Although well back when apparently overmatched in her most recent race Aug. 11 in Saratoga's $65,000 De La Rose Stakes, Mymich was a winner when defeating Brunilda in that July 15 race here and was second in her start before that June 25 over a "yielding" local lawn.
Veteran reinsman Chris Emigh is astride Rich City Girl, Carlos H. Marquez Jr. is named to handle the reins on Brunilda, and Eusebio Razo Jr., second-leading rider in the Arlington standings for the last two years, is aboard Mymich.
Completing the Flawlessly field are Gary Lucas & Linda Woods' One Fine Shweetie, Larry Sterling Jr.; Sy Baskin's Golden Trevally, Eddie Martin Jr.; Charles J. Sigrist's Samantha B., James Graham; Casa De Caballos' Beautiful Bets, Jerry La Sala; Pope McLean's Princess Pelona, Frank Lovato Jr.; Good Genes Farm Inc.'s It's Spooky, Eduardo Perez; and Joseph Lacombe Stable Inc.'s Proud Beauty, Rene Douglas up.
The last named, tepid choice in the morning line, is another not to be overlooked here. Although well back in Mountaineer Park's West Virginia Senate President's Cup and Monmouth's $60,000 Politely Stakes recently, the Irish-bred Proud Beauty, a daughter of top turf sire Danehill, finds an easier spot here and has the benefit of Arlington's four-time defending jockey champion.
Arlington Park's third annual "Riding For A Cure" -- a horsemen-oriented trail ride fundraiser on behalf of cancer research -- will take place Monday at the Barrington Hills Riding Center.
A billboard adjacent to Arlington Park on Northwest Highway has been promoting Monday's "Riding For A Cure" for the last month. All proceeds from Monday's event are donated to "The American Cancer Society."
The billboard was donated by Clear Channel, a nationally known leading radio company, through the efforts of Jennifer Faber, wife of Dare To Dream Stable's Michael Faber.
The ride itself -- a 20-mile trek through several Thoroughbred farms -- is followed by a dinner-dance with entertainment by "The Wulfe Brother" featuring Johnny Greene.
During his long career, Greene has opened for Crystal Gayle and Louise Mandrell after beginning his career with '50s guitarist Duane Eddy as a member of his band "The Rebels."
In addition to Greene, the Wulfe Brothers have Paul Cunningham as band's arranger, Rod Wurtele on keyboards, Jefferey Jarboe on drums, Wayne Bridge on steel guitar, and Donna Greene as the singer.
Veteran Illinois-based reinsman Carlos Silva is on the verge of recording his 1,000th win at Arlington Park. Silva, 48, a native of Santiago, Chile, had 997 Arlington wins through Friday's racing program.
Silva is third all-time leading rider at Arlington, surpassed only by Hall of Fame jockeys Earlie Fires and Pat Day.
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