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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/8/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
International racing has been a hallmark of Arlington Park history since the inaugural Arlington Million, but European horsemen invading Chicago from across the Atlantic usually are attracted by Arlington's world famous turf course.
However, according to representatives of the International Racing Bureau Ltd., under consideration for the Grade II Washington Park Handicap, to be run over Arlington's main track at a mile and three-sixteenths July 30, is an Irish-bred named Billy Allen: a 4-year-old colt who has enjoyed his greatest success over several of Europe's all-weather surfaces.
Owned by Gary Tanaka, the Seattle-born but London-based international sportsman who has been a consistent supporter of Arlington's International Festival of Racing, Billy Allen won four out of the five legs of the most recent European All-Weather Championship Series.
The series is conducted at tracks in Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, and Great Britain, with Billy Allen winning the legs in the first four nations, but failing in England's Bet Direct Winter Derby at Lingfield March 19.
In his last trip to the post June 29, Billy Allen ran fifth when returned to the grass for France's Grand Prix de Compiegne.
Billy Allen is trained by Frenchman François Chappet, and is by the American-bred sire Night Shift out of the Irish-bred mare Daintree, a daughter of Tirol.
Also now being pointed for the Washington Park Handicap is Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the 2003 edition of this event for 3-year-olds and up. Perfect Drift, originally scheduled for Saturday's Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup, was taken out of that event due to a minor eye problem.
Trainer Murray Johnson indicated that a small ulcer in Perfect Drift's eye was not a major issue, but could have complicated the projected trip to the West Coast.
Pin Oak Stable LLC's Devilment, second by a neck in Arlington's Native Dancer Stakes June 26 as the even-money choice of the fans, came out of that race in good order and is now being pointed toward Arlington's $100,000 Round Table Stakes for 3-year-olds on July 16.
In the Native Dancer, run at the nine-furlong distance of the Round Table, Devilment was always well placed, gained the advantage at the furlong grounds but could not withstand the late surge of Homewrecker Racing LLC & Hugh Robertson's Three Hour Nap.
Three Hour Nap, who captured last fall's Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity here on closing day, was taken out of training shortly after the Native Dancer.
"Devilment is being pointed for the Round Table," trainer Mike Stidham said Friday. "He'll have one more work in a day or two and that will be it until the race.
"That last race was a good effort," said Stidham. "Obviously, it was a prep for this race coming up, and our main goal was this race. I know that the other horse isn't running back, so maybe we can turn the tables on the rest of them."
Devilment, by Peaks and Valleys out of a Deputy Minister mare, won his first Arlington start this spring May 22 by five lengths after breaking his maiden here last Sept. 8.
Arlington jockey Miguel Mena is among 15 Peruvian jockeys slated to compete in Monday's inaugural "Peruvian All-Stars" Challenge to be conducted at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Several of the top jockeys in the nation -- including Edgar Prado, Jorge Chavez and Rafael Bejarano -- will compete in the Southern Ohio event that has been scheduled to benefit the Jockey School of Peru, and at least two races on Monday's River Downs program will be devoted to Peruvian riders. To help raise money for the school, the riders will donate half their earnings that day to the program, while the other half will help defray expenses for the event.
Going into Friday's Arlington Park program, Mena, had ridden nine winners, nine runner-ups, and nine third-place finishers from 97 mounts at Arlington this season.
Arlington jockey Jesse Campbell, who rode his second riding triple of the season on Prairie Festival Day June 25, added a third "hat trick" to that total Thursday, but accomplished his latest in successive races.
Campbell, fourth in the Arlington standings through Thursday, won the fourth race with Orion Stables' Extradyne, the fifth with Ida Spagnola's Settler, and the sixth with Barry Golden's True Metropolitan.
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