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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/26/05)
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In today's notes:
Trainer Christine Janks broke into the win column twice during Saturday's Prairie State Festival, and Sunday morning she reported all well with that successful duo as well as all others in her barn that competed in the six-race series restricted to equines in the Illinois program.
"It was very rewarding," Janks said at her barn Sunday morning when speaking of her latest Prairie State Festival experience. "We used to breed our horses as Florida-breds, and some of them would have won these races had they been Illinois-breds. When you make a mistake like that -- even when you correct it you have to live with it another three years -- until your newer foals become 3-year-olds, and this was the first year we've been able see the results since changing our program.
"It (Saturday's success) was not only rewarding for me and the owners, but also for all the guys at our farm watching the races on TVG," Janks said. "What they do (breaking and raising these horses) is extremely important, and yesterday they could all cheer for their horses and see the results of their hard work."
Janks had questioned whether William Lydon, Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm's Pretty Jenny could get the mile distance prior to Saturday's $86,200 Purple Violet, but the 3-year-old filly remained undefeated with her five and a half-length tally to answer that question.
"Favorably, thank God," Janks said, who is enjoying the runner-up spot in the Arlington trainer standings through Saturday. "I'm having exceptionally good luck this year. Think of the rarity of having two horses (including S. D. Brilie Ltd. & Carson Springs Farm's Big Attlet) who have four wins in a row each. What are the odds of that?"
Janks also saddled S. D. Brilie Partnership's High Expectations to win Saturday's $88,900 Springfield Stakes by six lengths.
"I've found it very rare that the addition of blinkers can make that much of a difference in a horse's performance," Janks said, "but in this case it sure has. Look at the results."
Chris Block, the Prairie State Festival's leading trainer through its six renewals, added to that total when Team Block's Fort Prado won Saturday's $86,950 Black Tie Affair Handicap by a length and three-quarters, and that son of El Prado, as well as Block's four other Prairie State Festival participants, returned from their efforts in good order.
"Fort Prado's race worked out well the way it set up for him," Block said. "When the hole opened up he accelerated. He continues to move forward."
Hussar Racing Stable LLC's pair of Sara's Shadow and Lighthouse Lil finished fourth and seventh respectively in Saturday's $88,400 Lincoln Heritage Handicap for Block.
"Sara's Shadow, she's a hero to me," said Block about her Saturday performance. "We put her in a position she's not used to and she gave it all she had. Lighthouse Lil got enough of a pace to give her a shot at it. Maybe she just needs another race. She was off a long time."
Jaguar On The Run Stable Ltd.'s Jaguar City, one-length victress in Saturday's $85,700 Isaac Murphy Handicap, returned in good order, according to trainer Bobby Springer Sunday.
"She had no problems," said Springer Sunday, speaking of Jaguar City's rail post Saturday. "Sometimes, you can get trapped down in there on the rail, and if you try and grab her, she can show too much speed, but yesterday, things worked out for us."
Ben Dover Stable's Take Achance On Me, best by a head in Saturday's $83,550 White Oak Handicap, had already left on a return trip to his Maryland headquarters Sunday, according to trainer Michael Trombetta, speaking over the phone from Virginia Sunday.
"He's already on the road," said Trombetta. "I saw the race on the TV at Colonial Downs. I thought he ran very well."
Trainer Mike Stidham, out of town to accept an award in Texas Saturday, was watching on television from the Lone Star State when Quarter B. Farm's Beau Happy captured Saturday's $88,400 Lincoln Heritage Handicap by a nose.
"I was very pleased with her performance yesterday," said Stidham, speaking over the phone from O'Hare International Airport moments after deplaning from his return trip. "We just landed, so I haven't been to the barn, but Rigo (Arlington assistant Rosas) tells me she seemed to come out of the race in good order."
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