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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/4/05)
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In today's notes:
Live Oak Plantation's Revved Up, the two-length winner of Sunday's Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf, came out of the race in good order and was to leave Arlington Park Monday night on an indirect journey back to his New York base.
Conditioned by Christophe Clement, Revved Up was sent to Arlington-based trainer Shannon Ritter in Chicago, who saddled the 7-year-old gelding for his victory in Arlington's traditional America's Birthday weekend event.
"He's fine today," said Ritter Monday morning at her barn. "He came back in real good shape. He's scheduled to leave for Kentucky tonight, and from there he'll hitch a ride on a flight back to New York in a couple of days."
Conditioner Frank Kirby, defending trainer champion at Arlington Park, was all smiles on horseback during training hours Monday morning as he assessed the solid second-place effort of S J Stables LLC's Cloudy's Knight in Sunday's main event: the 74th running of the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf.
"I thought he ran a good race," said Kirby of Cloudy's Knight, who was clearly second best in the mile and a half test. "He came back fine and he's doing excellent this morning. He could have used a little bit more pace up front, but you can't have everything.
"I think we'll probably point him for that Arlington Handicap that's coming up," said Kirby, when asked about future plans for his 5-year-old altered son of Lord Avie.
The Grade III Arlington Handicap, run at a mile and a quarter July 23, will be the final major local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 13.
Mrs. S. K. Johnston Jr.'s Swagger Stick, third in Sunday's Stars & Stripes, is one of two horses trained by Graham Motion who is nominated to the upcoming Arlington Million. Motion left for Italy shortly after saddling the other -- Bushwood Stable's Better Talk Now -- to win Monmouth's Grade I United Nations Handicap Saturday.
Swagger Stick was housed in Arlington-based trainer Jim Gulick's barn during his brief Chicago stay, and it was Gulick who updated on the Cozzene gelding's status.
"He was in my barn but he came with his crew of handlers," said Gulick Monday during training hours. "I assume he's fine. He was in good shape last night and he's gone this morning."
French-born jockey Brice Blanc, who rode Live Oak Plantation's Revved Up to his two-length win in Sunday's Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf, will return on a more regular basis following the close of the Churchill Downs spring meeting July 10.
"We plan to come up there the week after next," said Blanc's agent Steve Bass, speaking over the phone from Louisville Monday. "That was a nice win for us yesterday and hopefully it will get us going in the right direction."
Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Home of Stars, Darrell & Sadie Brommer's Iosilver, and William Lydon, Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm's Nkosi Reigns are all considered possible starters among the 16 nominations to Saturday's $40,000 Dr. Fager Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at nine furlongs.
According to conditioner Christine Janks, who shared a training-riding double with jockey Chris Emigh Sunday, 'Nkosi' means 'chief' in the Zulu language, and the horse Nkosi Reigns is named after a cheetah.
Congratulations are in order for Kris Stabler, Arlington Park vice president of community affairs, who recently received the Greater Woodfield Convention and Visitors Bureau's Chairman's Award.
The GWCVB Chairman's Award is defined as going to the member who has done the most for tourism in the area, and is not presented every year but rather when a candidate has exhibited outstanding service to tourism.
Stabler is the second member of Arlington's team to achieve the honor. Arlington chairman Richard L. Duchossois received the award in 1989 when the new Arlington opened following the fire that destroyed the original facility.
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