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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/16/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Carl Pollard's My Trusty Cat will attempt to become the first repeat winner of Saturday's Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap since Lazer Show, owned by J. J. Devaney, accomplished the feat by taking down the race's first two runnings in 1986-87.
The fact that the list of past winners of Arlington's seven-furlong stakes for fillies and mares includes Safely Kept, 1989 Eclipse Award sprint champion, and Meafara, runner-up in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1992-93, makes My Trusty Cat's attempt at a local defense all the more noteworthy, and the 5-year-old mare will arrive at Arlington Park from Churchill Downs Friday morning to pursue that goal.
Following My Trusty Cat Saturday morning on the Louisville-to-Chicago run will be owner Pollard, chairman of Churchill Downs Inc., as well as her trainer Dave Vance, who saddled more winners than any other trainer in the nation for three straight years from 1974-76.
"We're going to try real hard," said Vance, speaking over the phone from Louisville Thursday morning after being informed of My Trusty Cat's chance for the rare double. "She ran a big race last time (winning the Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill on Kentucky Derby Day by three-quarters of a length) and we hope she does that again."
My Trusty Cat brings the proper credentials for two straight wins. Since that Derby Day score she posted a bullet five-furlong breeze in :59.80 on May 25 in Louisville, and then breezed the same distance in 1:00.60 over a sloppy track on June 3 at the Twin Spires oval.
Last summer, the daughter of Tale of the Cat won the Grade II Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga and then finished second by a head in the Grade I Ballerina Handicap at the Spa.
Her only loss this year came in Keeneland's Grade III Madison Stakes in the mud, when she was bumped at the start but recovered to finish second behind the brilliant female sprinter Madcap Escapade on April 13.
Congratulations to Arlington Park president Cliff Goodrich and his wife, Karen, on the birth of their first grandchild.
Aidan Michelle Goodrich was born Wednesday afternoon, at 9 lbs. 1 oz., in Southern California to Randy and Autumn Goodrich. Grandparents, parents and baby are all doing fine.
Lord of the Game, the courageous half-length winner of this season's Grade III Hanshin Cup May 28, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 at Arlington Park Thursday morning and galloped out three-quarters in 1:13 3/5 in preparation for his probable engagement in Canterbury Park's Claiming Crown Jewel July 16.
Lord of the Game, a 4-year-old son of Saint Ballado bred by WinStar Farm LLC, was claimed by trainer Tommy Tomillo for current owner 2 Blondes Inc. out of a race at Hawthorne on New Year's Eve.
On Thursday, Lord of the Game, with Arlington regular rider Eddie Razo Jr. aboard, recorded splits of :24 3/5, :36 4/5, and :48 4/5 on the way to his five-eighths time.
"He went very, very easy," said Illinois Racing Board clocker Bobby Belpedio.
Jockey Jesse Campbell rode Orion Stables' Big Glori to an upset nose tally in Wednesday's eighth race for a $55.40 win mutuel, and then came back to ride Dennis McWilliams & Mike McGee's Tokyo Storm to a five and a half-length win in Wednesday's finale to register a healthy $433.40 late daily double.
Earlier in the afternoon, trainer Steve Hobby saddled Alex & Joanne Lieblong's Mary Alex to win Wednesday's fifth race, and then came right back to pose in the winner's circle with CresRan LLC's Prospective Kiss following the sixth race.
The all-Hobby midday double returned a perfect vision $20.20.
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