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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/27/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


New Farm's Wildcat Heir, highweight and morning line favorite for Saturday's featured Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint, was declared from the race Saturday morning by trainer Bennie Perkins Jr. due to a minor foot abscess.

"It seems like he's redeveloped a slight foot abscess he's had before," said Perkins Saturday morning during training hours. "He galloped beautifully yesterday, but he was a little bit 'off' this morning, so we took his shoe off and discovered the problem.

"Obviously, I'd feel better if the whole thing hadn't happened," said Perkins, "but once we took the shoe off he seemed fine, so hopefully after we get this thing cleared up he'll be okay.

"The owner (Everett Novak) was on his way to the airport this morning when I called him," said Perkins. "Naturally, I'm disappointed. We've enjoyed coming to Arlington this week and were looking forward to running this horse in this race."

Wildcat Heir concluded his 2004 campaign with a win in Pimlico's Grade I Frank DeFrancis Memorial Dash last Nov. 20, and captured Monmouth's Teddy Drone Stakes by five and three-quarter lengths in his lone start this season Aug. 7.


Veteran jockey Mark Guidry, who left the Illinois circuit in 2001 after twice being Arlington's leading rider, returned this summer following the close of Churchill Downs July 10 and has quickly climbed up the local standings despite his late start.

However, Guidry's reemergence at Arlington this summer is also about to give him another added milestone locally. His next winner will tie him with former jockey Ray Sibille, who currently occupies the fourth spot in Arlington's all-time jockey standings.

Should Guidry score at least a riding double Saturday from his list of five mounts for the day, Guidry would clearly occupy the fourth spot while Sibille, who retired 13 months ago after ceremonies held here in July of 2004, would drop down to fifth position.

Since arriving here in mid-July this summer, Guidry has visited the winner's circle 47 times from 164 mounts, and registered purse earnings of $1,224,445 through Friday. He is currently sixth in this summer's local standings despite his late start.

When Sibille, 52, was prematurely forced into retirement last summer due to the necessity of hip replacement surgery, he had recorded 981 wins at Arlington Park, and through the 2004 season, Guidry, at 46 years of age, had registered 933.

Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires is Arlington's all-time leading rider with 2,798 wins through Friday, while fellow Hall of Famer and recently retired Pat Day occupies the second spot with 1,330 local wins. Carlos Silva holds down third position with 1,013 local tallies through Friday.

Coincidently, both Sibille and Guidry were born within a few miles of each other in Louisiana and began their careers at the old Evangeline Downs before arriving on the Illinois circuit on a semi-regular basis after reaching their prime.

On Saturday, Guidry rides the first race astride Timeless Forest, owned by Dunwoody Farm, and the second half of the Daily Double aboard Greco Racing Stable's Greco's Secret. Guidry comes right back in Saturday's third aboard Maidens Prayer, owned by John Gunther, and then is scheduled to ride Saturday's eighth on Stronach Stable Inc.'s High Blitz and the ninth on Richard Averill's Cheris' Dancer.


Jaguar On The Run Stable LTD's Jaguar City, clearly best in Arlington's $85,700 Isaac Murphy Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day June 25, looms the strong choice when she heads a field of eight fillies and mares in Sunday's $40,000 Unique Type Handicap at one mile out of the chute at Arlington Park while shouldering the top impost of 122 pounds.

In the Isaac Murphy, run at six furlongs, Jaguar City was allowed to settle early, challenged for command well inside the furlong grounds but drew clear late for a one-length tally. Previously, the 5-year-old mare by Slew City Slew won the seven-furlong Your Ladyship Handicap here June 3 by a length, and before that was first under the wire in Hawthorne's Peach Of It Handicap before being disqualified after an errant break.

Named to oppose Jaguar City Sunday is William Lydon & Carson Spring Farm's Ms. Lydonia, Richard Rudolph & Michael Vranich's Cashmere Miss, Peter Stamas & Crown's Way Farm's Expendable, Carrie Brogden & Michelle Mullikin's Di's Delight, Dennis McWilliams & Mike McGee's Tokyo Storm, Sharon Morgan's Defuhr, and Dana Waier Thoroughbreds LLC's Lady Riss.

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