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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/17/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Ralls & Foster LLC's Eyes On Eddy won Arlington's $46,950 Sweetest Chant Stakes by 10 lengths July 29 in Chicago's final local prep for Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Oaks, but as one of the headliners in Arlington's main event for 3-year-old fillies on the main track, the daughter of 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold has not always had things that easy.

When preparing for her career debut as a 2-year-old in June of 2004, Eyes On Eddy ran into serious problems -,- literally.

"She got loose in the morning," owner Dennis Foster said last winter in New Orleans, prior to Eyes On Eddy's fifth-place finish in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks. "She ran into a washing machine, got up, kept running around the corner past another barn and took on a dumpster head on.

"I made a beeline to the Rood and Riddle Clinic in Lexington and got there about the same time the filly arrived," Foster said. "She came out of there with four tubes and many stitches but Dr. Ruggles told me she was going to make it. I asked if she'd make it to the races and he said she might since there was no joint or bone damage."

Five months later, Eyes On Eddy did make it to the races, finishing third at Churchill Downs and then broke her maiden in her second start at the Fair Grounds in December. The Kentucky-bred was then second to eventual Kentucky Oaks winner Summerly in the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes in New Orleans before finishing fifth behind that same rival in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

Before her Sweetest Chant win at Arlington, Eyes On Eddy visited the winner's circle for the second time in her career and first this season when she tallied by three-quarters of a length over the local surface June 18. However, it is her Sweetest Chant win margin that underlines how far she has come back from her adverse introduction to the racetrack.


Arlington guests this Saturday can learn how members of Arlington's racing office put together each day's racing program at Arlington Park during the "Get In The Game" program that begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Starting Gate Theatre.

Host Joe Kristufek and his guests from the racing office will explore how Arlington puts together a competitive and bettable daily product while making the best use possible of the horse population that is stabled on the grounds.

Also on Saturday, the Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ in the Park Area will feature the rock band "The Pack" performing "feel good" rock hits from the '60s through the '80s. This week's food special off the Weber grill is a smoked turkey breast. First race and first song are at 1 p.m.

On Friday, the Miller Lite Party in the Park band is "7th Heaven," playing their original music as well as great covers, with first race and first song beginning at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, kids will "Get Excited About Science" during Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald. Special guest Steve Belliveau combines magic, humor, music and audience participation into shows that bring down to Earth basic scientific ideas during shows beginning at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members get the chance to meet a retired Thoroughbred racehorse that has been adopted.


Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, undisputed champion of Arlington Million XXIII, fourth leg in the World Racing Championships, remains eligible for the fifth leg: Germany's Group I Grosser Volkswagen Preis von Baden, to be contested at 12 furlongs over the Iffezheim Racecourse near Baden-Baden on Sept. 4.

Others remaining eligible for the German affair include Earle Mack's Electrocutionist, winner of Tuesday's Group I Juddmonte International Stakes at York. Hamden al Maktoum's Maraahel, Mrs. Magnier's Ace, J. C. Smith's Norse Dancer, and Godolphin's Doyen, who finished third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in Tuesday's test at York, also all remain eligible for the Grosser Volkswagen Preis.

Last year, after being disqualified in the 2004 edition of the Grade I Arlington Million, Powerscourt ran third, beaten less than a length, in the Group I Baileys Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. That 10-furlong affair serves as the sixth leg of this year's World Racing Championships and will be run Sept. 10 on the Emerald Isle.

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