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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/14/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, who has become the only horse in history to cross under the wire first in back-to-back Arlington Millions, came out of Saturday's winning effort in Chicago's Grade I centerpiece in good order and will leave O'Hare International Airport for Scotland's Prestwick Airport Sunday evening.
Michael Tabor & Mrs. John Magnier's Grand Central, fourth in Saturday's Grade I Secretariat Stakes, and that same partnership's Mona Lisa, seventh in the Grade I Beverly D. earlier on Arlington's International Festival program, also came out of their races in good order and will accompany Powerscourt on that return flight.
Ireland's top trainer Aidan O'Brien conditions the trio of European-based horses. However, O'Brien's head traveling lad Patrick Keating accompanied them to Chicago.
Godolphin Racing's Sundrop, the Japanese-bred filly who was fifth in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. after lacking running room most of the way, came out of the race without problems and left for Saratoga Race Course Sunday morning although no definite plans for her future have been announced.
Dr. Michael Smurfit & Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Merger, who finished eighth in Saturday's Grade I Secretariat while still under the care of Ireland's all-time leading trainer Dermot Weld, was transferred to Steve Asmussen's barn Sunday morning and will remain in the United States.
Tom Daly, Weld's traveling lad, led Merger over to Asmussen's barn during training hours and made plans for his own return trip to Ireland to rejoin his family, and is looking forward to a delayed celebration of his Saturday birthday.
All the Southern California-based runners in Saturday's International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park came out of their races in fine fettle and will return to the West Coast on a Monday morning flight out of Chicago.
Grooms Guillermo Sosa with Red Oak Stable's Sweet Return, Antonio Islas with Triple B Farms' Whilly, and Felipe Gallardo with Tom Baxter's Fourty Niners Son all reported no problems with their Arlington Million contestants.
Grooms Dimetrio Lagunas with Michael Bello's Megahertz and Heraclio Ayala with Llers Corporation's Halo Ola said their Beverly D. runners were also doing well, as did groom Francisco Ortiz who accompanied Secretariat participant Legal Precedent, owned by John George Moore.
Carol & Charles Hammersmith's Miss Terrible, the Argentine-bred who won seven Group I races in her native land before finishing ninth in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D., will remain at Arlington Park to contest the Grade III Arlington Matron Sept. 3 on the main track, according to trainer Bradley Ross.
"I thought she did a great job," said Ross Sunday morning during training hours. "She just couldn't handle the 'yielding' turf course. The speed was dying all day. If she's ever in a grass race again where the course doesn't come up firm, I'll scratch her."
Martin Schwartz's Angara and T N T Stud's Melhor Ainda, first and third in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes, departed Arlington Park early Sunday morning, as did Brant Laue's Gun Salute, James Scatuorchio's English Channel and Amerman Racing Stable LLC's Chattahoochee War, the first three finishers in Saturday's Grade I Secretariat Stakes.
Ken & Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, runner-up in Saturday's Grade I Arlington Million, and Bushwood Racing Partners' Better Talk Now, who finished fourth, also left early Sunday morning with the East Coast-based horses, along with Phipps Stable's Good Reward and David Garner's Cool Conductor, eighth and ninth respectively in that same test, and Joan and John Phillips' Wonder Again and Claiborne Farm's Wend, fourth and sixth in the Beverly D.
Gary Tanaka's Touch of Land and Dominique Bayet's Alost, French-bred runners who finished fifth and sixth in Saturday's Grade I Arlington Million, returned from their efforts in fine fettle and will leave on their return trip to the Continent Tuesday afternoon.
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