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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/23/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Dare To Dream Stable LLC's Nicole's Dream, the speedy mare who has registered a third of her 18 lifetime wins at Arlington Park, attempts to upgrade that commendable percentage when she heads a field of 10 named to Sunday's $45,000 added J J'sdream Stakes at five furlongs over the Northwest Chicago oval's turf course.

If the field remains intact for Sunday's featured grass dash, the race will have a gross value of $48,000 with a $28,800 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.

In her last trip to the post in an allowance dash over the lawn in West Virginia's Mountaineer Park July 11, Nicole's Dream broke in full stride to make the pace and increased the margin in the stretch to tally by five and a quarter lengths while less than fully extended. Previously, the Florida-bred 5-year-old had used the same tactics on June 17 to tally by a length and three-quarters over the local lawn.

Earlier this spring, Nicole's Dream captured the Mamzelle Stakes at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week, and last fall she journeyed to Grand Prairie, Texas, where she won Lone Star's Pent Up Kiss Handicap when assigned 122 pounds. The daughter of Northern Trend must shoulder 128 pounds Sunday, some of which will be made up by jockey E. T. Baird.

Capable of providing strong competition for Nicole's Dream is Allen Tanis's Rich City Girl, unplaced in Churchill's Zenobia Empress Handicap at last asking July 9 over the Louisville lawn but a good second to Nicole's Dream in her allowance race at Arlington June 17.

Rich City Girl, who gets 10 pounds less than Nicole's Dream Sunday, will be handled by the red-hot trainer-jockey combination of Christine Janks and Chris Emigh. Both are currently clearly second in their respective divisions of Arlington's 2005 standings.

Also worthy of consideration in Sunday's feature is Bob & Nancy Bartel's Glitterbdancing, third to Nicole's Dream and Rich City Girl June 17 while only a neck behind the runner-up. Jockey Randy Meier gets the riding assignment aboard the Terrel Gore trainee.

Not to be discounted is 2 Blondes Inc.'s Pass the Pepper, second by a half-length to Nicole's Dream here last summer and forced to check behind Glitterbdancing when beaten less than three lengths by that rival on the grass here last fall. Brian Hernandez Jr. is named to handle the reins.

Completing the field for the J J'sdream is Nancy & Richard Kaster's Glitter Act, Brice Blanc; Butterfly Stable's Getcozywithkaylee, Jesse Campbell; Thomas & Emily Tabb's No Llores Catita, Shaun Bridgmohan; Tom & Allison O'Grady's Gold Margarita, Eddie Razo Jr.; Jerry Gryczewski's Galatea Cat, Denis Rojas; and Ben Barnow's Dharma Girl, Carlos Silva up.


Former Arlington Park trainer Rickey Harris, who saddled Patricia Miessler & Cliff Raber's Fan Club's Mister to win the Grade II American Derby four years ago, attended the races at Arlington last week with her husband Jim during a one-day stop on their journey to Portland, Oregon, for a visit with their children and grandchildren.

Since her retirement from training Thoroughbreds, the Harris's spent last summer rebuilding and redecorating a house they bought in Wellington, Florida, and subsequently sold as a finished project. The couple is now looking for a second house project in that same South Florida area.

"My five most loyal owners all died within a short time of each other," said Harris of her training career, "and I didn't want to start all over again claiming horses and gradually building up a stable. I suppose if I found someone who wanted to start as an owner with a bunch of nice horses, I'd return to training, but only under those conditions would it appeal to me.

"I do miss it," said Harris of her training career. "I miss getting up in the mornings and having all the horses come to the front of their stalls nickering for candy. It's a great business if you have the right clientele, but I still keep track of what's going on, and we're looking forward to returning to Arlington later on this summer."


Veteran jockey Mark Guidry, Arlington's jockey champion in 1992 and 2000, and now back at Chicago's premier oval since the close of Churchill Downs July 10, had a riding double Friday after accomplishing that same feat Thursday.

On Friday, Guidry took the sixth race with John Glueckert's Bailer Twine for trainer John Wainwright, and came right back to the winner's circle in the seventh with D. J. Mears Jr.'s Stormcloudrising for conditioner Tom Proctor.

On Thursday, Guidry won the seventh with Cobra Farm's Trieste's Honor for trainer Mike Stidham and the finale aboard Calumet Farm's Mystic Speed for Bobby Barnett.

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