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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/20/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


One European invader expected for Saturday's Grade III Arlington Handicap has arrived at Arlington Park, while another left the Northwest Chicago oval Tuesday evening after coming down with a throat infection.

French campaigner Artiste Royal, now owned by Chicago native Sidney Port and trained by Laura de Seroux, has arrived safely in Chicago and is currently in residence at Arlington's Barn One.

Artiste Royal, who won the Group III La Coupe Stakes at Longchamp in his last trip to the post June 16, breezed three furlongs over the local lawn Wednesday morning in :40.80 in preparation for Saturday's final major local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 13.

Meanwhile, Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Dayano, who had arrived at Arlington Sunday, came down with a slight fever following his transatlantic journey that developed into a throat infection, and has now been scratched from the Arlington Handicap. The German-bred colt, owned and trained by the same people who captured the 2001 Arlington Million with Silvano, left Arlington Park Tuesday evening for further treatment at an equine clinic in Wisconsin.

Artiste Royal is by the European champion Danehill and is out of the mare Agathe, who is by the 1987 Arlington Million champion Manila. Prior to his victory in the La Coupe, Artiste Royal had finished fourth in the Group III Prix d'Hedouville May 9 at that same oval on the outskirts of Paris.


Saturday's "Million Preview Day" at Arlington Park offers three graded stakes races: all of which are designed as local previews for the three Grade I races that make up Arlington's International Festival of Racing three weeks later.

Saturday's Grade III Arlington Handicap is a prep for the Arlington Million Aug. 13, the Grade III Modesty Handicap previews the $750,000 Beverly D. on that second Saturday in August, and this weekend's Grade II American Derby is presented by Jack Daniel's as the second leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple, which will be completed by the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day.

However, this Friday, Arlington's stakes-saturated weekend is preceded by Miller Lite Party In The Park, with the band "Loose Screws" combining yesterday's classics with today's hits. First race and first song Friday begin at 3 p.m.

Friday evening, Trackside Arlington Park's "Party On The Patio" returns after a one-week hiatus, with "A Kangeroo Court" -- one of the most popular bands familiar to guests at the local oval. The music begins at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, this week's "Get In The Game" session runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Starting Gate Theatre with host Joe Kristufek welcoming Daily Racing Form columnist Marcus Hersh and Horsin' Around TV's Dave Gutfreund.

That trio will discuss and handicap the Saturday racing program with special emphasis on the Arlington 'Cap, the Modesty and the American Derby.

Also on Saturday is the Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ, with great classic rock and top-notch originals by the "Matt McBride Band." This week's food special off the Weber grill is a peppered sirloin beef sandwich. First race and first song are at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald features Bill Hoffman's "Exotic Animal Show." Arlington guests can watch as the animals go through a lively assortment of tricks and routines, with show times at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the Junior Jockey Club presents the theme of horse nutrition, and members can stop by the JJC tent to learn all about the food that Thoroughbreds eat.


Trainer Grant Forster, racing an Arlington string for the second straight summer, teamed up with jockey Jesse Campbell on Sunday to capture the featured Smile Stakes with Mrs. & Larry Williams' Lucky Pulpit.

Earlier, that trainer-jockey tandem took down winning honors in the fifth race of the afternoon with Al & Saundra Kirkwood's Majestico.

Forster, originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, has nine horses at Arlington and splits his time between here and Emerald Downs, where he has 38 at the Washington oval.

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