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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/17/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Pin Oak Stable LLC's Devilment, who came from off the pace to be the two-length winner in Saturday's $100,000 Round Table Stakes, and Stonerside Stable LLC's Thunder Mission, who set the pace before finishing fourth, both came back to the barn in good order and were doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Mike Stidham.

"I was pleased with the way both horses ran and both of them came out of the race well," said Stidham Sunday. "There are a lot of big money races out there to consider for their next starts at places like Mountaineer, Philadelphia and Shreveport. We'll nominate to all of them and then pick our spots, trying to figure out the best spot for the most money and go there."

The Grade III West Virginia Derby is scheduled for Aug. 14 at Mountaineer Park, the Grade II Pennsylvania Derby is run at Philadelphia Park Sept. 5, and the Grade II Super Derby is set for Oct. 1 at Louisiana Downs. All three races offer a guaranteed $750,000 purse.


Leading rider Shaun Bridgmohan celebrated his second straight "hat trick" Saturday after scoring a riding triple Friday and posting a double on Thursday's program.

Leading owner Frank Calabrese and leading trainer Wayne Catalano combined to win Saturday's opening event with Brush Up, ridden by jockey Brian Hernandez who switched his tack to Arlington following the end of Churchill Downs' spring season a week ago.

The Calabrese-Catalano tandem swept both ends of Friday's Daily Double, taking the opener with Velvet Peaks (with Bridgmohan up) and the second with Lady Pioneer, who was ridden by Jerry La Sala.

Interestingly, there was an 11-way shake for the sale of Velvet Peaks, won by trainer Jeff Lynn on behalf of owner Joe Conway. Also out of Friday's second race, there was a five-way shake for Larry Rivelli's Gold Case Motel. Lynn won that shake with himself as the owner.

Trainer Steve Asmussen, who lost leading trainer honors by a single winner to Frank Kirby last year, and jockey Mark Guidry, jockey champion in 1992 and 2000 at Arlington, combined their talents for a training-riding double Saturday, scoring with Keith & Cash Asmussen's Tricky Secret in the second race and coming back with Asmussen's Everything Wild in the fourth.

Asmussen lost Tricky Secret in a four-way shake won by trainer Liane Davis on behalf of owner Steven Lewis.

In that same race Calabrese lost third-place finisher Kodangel in a 20-way shake, won by trainer Humberto Gracia on behalf of owner Portirio Cuevas.


E. J. Sukley's Purim, winner of the Grade III Arlington Classic July 2 and the only horse with a chance to sweep Arlington's Mid-America Triple this summer, breezed six furlongs in 1:19.40 over the grass course Sunday morning with the "dogs" well out from the rail.

Purim's breeze was in preparation for the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's this Saturday as the middle leg of the Triple, which will be completed by the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day Aug. 13.

"He went pretty good," said trainer Tom Proctor of the Purim breeze. "He's doing real good right now, but whether he has enough experience is the big thing right now. He's never had any adversity and that's when you can tell a little more.

"Sometimes, even experience can't overcome bad luck," Proctor said, "but right now, I'm hoping he's the real deal."

Saturday's American Derby is one of three graded stakes on Arlington's Million Preview Day, which also includes the Grade III Arlington Handicap at the final major local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million, and the Grade III Modesty Handicap, which is Arlington's prep for the Grade I Beverly D., sister race to the Million.


In Saturday's ninth race, the winning superfecta had 50 cents in total winning bets (a dime each at Arlington Park, Northern California, AmTote Oregon Hub, Southern California, and Kentucky.

It was the first time Arlington Park had less than $1 in winning superfecta wagers since the Northwest Chicago oval incorporated 10-cent superfectas at the beginning of the season.

AmTote properly displayed only the 10-cent price of $10,794.70.

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