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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/28/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Carol & Charles Hammersmith's Miss Terrible, the Argentine-bred mare who made the pace in Arlington's Grade I Beverly D. before tiring in the stretch, breezed five furlongs in 1:00 Sunday morning in preparation for Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron on the main track at nine furlongs.
"She's doing well," said Bradley Ross, shortly after Miss Terrible's bullet breeze. "New York had called us about the Ruffian (GI, Belmont, Sept. 13) and I'm going to check back with them today (Sunday), and I think she'll go a little further on the dirt than she will on the grass, but I'm thinking that the best place for her to go right now would probably the Grade III here to see just how she does at a mile and an eighth."
Ken Meeker & Carson Spring Farm's Fifteen Rounds became the only five-time winner at the 2005 Arlington Park season with his courageous neck tally in Saturday's Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint, and was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Christine Janks.
"He came back amazingly good," said Janks, who described Fifteen Rounds' Saturday score as the highlight of what she admits is the best Arlington season of her career. "Any time a horse can do better than 1:09 for six furlongs at Arlington, he's really a runner, and now this horse has run 1:08 and change twice this summer."
Fifteen Rounds, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Fit to Fight, began his career by breaking his maiden at first asking, and then remained perfect through his first four starts before tasting defeat for the first time.
"We've had some significant setbacks with him during his career," said Janks. "He's had some surgeries - but he's overcome them and has come back better than ever this year.
"There's another $40,000 race here for him before the end of the season, so we'll take a look at that," said Janks, "and also try pointing him toward that sprint at Calder for Florida-breds ($150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap at Calder) Nov. 15."
Was Janks pleased that Arlington Sprint morning line favorite Wildcat Heir, owned by New Farm, was a race-day scratch on Saturday?
"Sure," Janks said. "When I first heard about it, I thought it was almost too good to be true. The reality of the situation is that horse looked really tough, so I was pleased, but I also think that part winning races is that your horse has to be sturdy enough to show up. My husband Barry works so hard at the farm with our homebreds that he should be getting a lot of credit for this. He works hard so that I can have good horses to train, and that makes me look good."
Kalarikkal & Vilasini Jayaraman's Dearest Queen, four-length heroine of Saturday's co-featured $42,375 Hatoof Stakes, came out of that effort in good order and will be pointed toward Arlington's Grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept. 17.
"I thought she ran a great race," said trainer Steve Hobby of Dearest Queen's Saturday tally at a mile and a sixteenth over Arlington's world famous turf course. "She came out of it great and is doing super this morning, so I guess we'll go ahead and try for the next one."
The Pucker Up is Arlington's main event restricted to 3-year-old fillies over the local lawn at a mile and an eighth, and Saturday's Hatoof at a mile and a sixteenth was the final major local prep for that test.
Steve Holland & Crowns's Way Farm's You Dancing Devil, fifth in the Hatoof, will also be pointed to the Pucker Up.
"She's fine," said trainer Greg Geier Sunday morning. "She could have used a little more pace in that race yesterday, and she might have got a little anxious. We'll probably go ahead and nominate her to the Pucker Up and see who else goes in there. If she could come back and win that one, that would be great."
Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, Arlington's all-time leading rider, is now one win away from the 2,800 mark in Arlington wins alone, with 6,355 total career wins through Saturday. Fires has two mounts Sunday at Arlington beginning with the sixth race.
Jockey Mark Guidry, longtime Arlington regular, will tie Ray Sibille for fourth among Arlington's leading riders with his next local victory and has six mounts Sunday, beginning in Sunday's fifth race.
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