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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/19/04)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Jim Ford Inc., Daron Pearson & Jack Sweesy's Ticker Tape, victress by two and three-quarter lengths in Saturday's Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park as the choice of the fans, came out of the race well and was doing well Sunday morning, according to handler Daniel Cayatanog.

The British-bred daughter of Royal Applause, who won Hollywood's Grade I American Oaks July 3, will leave Arlington at 5:30 a.m. Monday on her return trip to Southern California.

Trained by James Cassidy, Ticker Tape finished second by a nose in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 21 before returning to the winner's circle at Arlington Saturday.

Green Hills Farm's Spotlight, the strong second choice in the wagering in the $200,000 Pucker Up, was also doing well at Arlington Sunday morning, according to Mickey Goldfine, in whose barn the Christophe Clement-trained filly was housed during her brief Midwest invasion. Another British-bred, Spotlight was scheduled to return to her New York base later on Sunday.


Illinois-based conditioner Frank Kirby, who has led the Arlington Park trainer standings most of the summer, has received a strong challenge from trainer Steve Asmussen in the final days of the season which ends on Sunday, but he will not be going down without a fight.

Asmussen sent out 10 horses in seven races Saturday and won with two of them, but Kirby, who had four horses entered in four races, saddled one winner to hold a narrow one-win advantage over that rival going into the last day of the season.

Close behind those two was conditioner Chris Block, who also had one winner Saturday to trail Asmussen by two wins.

On Sunday's closing day program, Kirby has two horses entered in the first race, one in the fifth, and one in the seventh.

Asmussen has one horse entered in the fourth, two in the fifth, and one in the seventh, while Block counters with one in the first, one in the second, one in the third, and one in Sunday's finale, the 10th race of the day.


The Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere, arguably the world's most famous race, will be simulcast "live" to Arlington Park from France on the morning of Oct. 3 along with four other French races that day.

The Arc is the seventh leg of the 2004 World Series Racing Championship, while this summer's 22nd running of the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 14 was the fourth leg of that championship series.

The Arc is run at a mile and a half on the grass course at Longchamp on the outskirts of Paris. Also simulcast to Arlington from the French racecourse that day will be the Group I Prix Marcel Boussac, the Group I Grand Criterium, and the listed Prix du Grand Hotel Barriere. The Arc is placed between the Grand Criterium and the Grand Hotel Barriere.

In addition to win, place and show wagering, all four races will offer exacta and trifecta wagering. Also there will be a Pick 4 on all four races at Arlington and a Pick 3 on the last three, as well as a special daily double on the Arc and the Grand Hotel Barriere.

Earlier that weekend on Saturday at Belmont Park, fans of international racing should be able to enjoy a significant rematch from this summer's Arlington Million XXII.

Brushwood Stable's Kicken Kris, winner of this summer's Chicago centerpiece, and Michael Tabor's Magistretti, the Million's runner-up, will face off once again in Belmont's Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at a mile and a half over the Long Island lawn.

Kicken Kris, who won Arlington's Grade I Secretariat in 2003, has not started since winning the Million, but Magistretti took down winning honors in Belmont's Grade I Man o' War on Sept. 11.


International racing fans at Arlington Park are also reminded that reservations are being taken for Arlington Park's Million Room, which will reopen only on Breeders' Cup Day Oct. 30, so fans can watch, wager, dine and enjoy those races contested at Lone Star Park in Texas.

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