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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/16/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


A European invader, a local hero and a West Coast shipper are three of the likely candidates for the 70th running of the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 23.

Run at a mile and a quarter over the Chicago oval's world famous turf course, the Arlington Handicap serves as the final major local prep for this summer's Grade I Arlington Million, contested three weeks later at that same distance on Aug. 13.

Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Dayano, owned and bred in Germany by the same connections that won the 2001 Arlington Million with Silvano, is the European invader due at Arlington Sunday evening following an Atlantic crossing. Dayano was twice the runner-up in Group I company on the Continent last year. Andreas Wohler, conditioner of Silvano, is the trainer.

S. J. Stables LLC's Cloudy's Knight, conditioned by Arlington's defending trainer champion Frank Kirby and runner-up in the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington July 3, is the local hero. The altered son of 1982 Florida Derby winner Lord Avie captured Arlington's Mac Diarmida Handicap June 11.

Bloodstock Management Services Inc. & Cheveley Park Stud Ltd.'s Vangelis, fifth in last summer's Arlington Million and recently third in Hollywood's Grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap June 11, is the West Coast shipper likely for the Arlington 'Cap.

Another now being mentioned as a possibility for the Arlington Handicap is the Irish-bred Artiste Royal, owned by Chicago native Sidney Port. Now being trained by Laura de Seroux, Artiste Royal has made all 10 of his career starts to date in France, and most recently won the Group III La Coupe at Longchamp June 16.

David Garner's Cool Conductor, second by a half in last year's Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, and fifth in the Grade I Secretariat, both at Arlington, is an Arlington Handicap candidate. Trained by Ralph Nicks, Cool Conductor won Pimlico's Grade II Dixie Handicap on Preakness Day May 21 and was most recently fourth, beaten a length and a half, in Monmouth's Grade I United Nations Handicap July 2.

Another Arlington Handicap possibility is Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Diplomatic Agent, a Kentucky homebred trained by Chris Speckert. In his last trip to the post June 21, the Deputy Minister colt broke out of "non-winners of two other than" company at Colonial Downs with a length and a half tally.


Carol & Charles Hammersmith's Miss Terrible, bred in the Argentine but American campaigned for her last five starts, is being pointed for the Grade III Modesty Handicap July 23 in preparation for Arlington's Grade I Beverly D. Handicap Aug. 13.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is likely to send either Saud bin Khaled's Delta Princess or Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Noisette to the Modesty, adding additional legitimacy to the major local prep for the Beverly D., Arlington's premier event for members of the distaff set.

Delta Princess won Churchill's Grade III Locust Grove Handicap at last asking July 2, and Noisette finished third in Minnesota's Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup June 19 despite a troubled trip.

Oratis Thoroughbreds' Make My Heart Sing, Arthur Appleton's Atlantic Frost, and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Humorous Miss, first, second and third respectively in Arlington's Possibly Perfect Stakes July 4, are all likely to come back in the Modesty 'Cap.

Also likely for the Modesty are Ralls & Foster LLC's Cape Town Lass, second in Keeneland's Grade III Bewitch April 27; and Gale Springer's Ide Be a Lady, third in Prairie Meadows' Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup July 2.

Michel Jean Zeralo's Miss Me, a British-bred conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, has made two starts in this country following a French campaign and is another probable for the Modesty, as are Augustin Stable's Spring Season, winner of Philadelphia Park's Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap July 2, and Monica Blakely's Ms. Purr, a winner of her last at Churchill Downs June 15.


E. J. Sukley's Purim, winner of the Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve July 2 as the first leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple, is now likely to pursue his chance to become the fourth horse in history to sweep the series by running in the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's July 23.

Others possibilities for the American Derby include Martin Grotheer's Earths Vain Shadow, Eliah & Lisa Kahn's Exceptional Ride, and Brant Laue's Gun Salute.


Arlington's leading jockey Shaun Bridgmohan rode three winners Friday afternoon after riding two winners on Thursday's program, and veteran rider Jerry La Sala had a riding double on Friday.

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