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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/1/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


As the daughter of Halo America, Mark Stanley's Quick Temper will get the chance to reflect the heritage of her own mother when she goes to the post in Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap.

"She has big shoes to fill, there's no doubt about that," said Quick Temper's trainer Bobby Barnett of Saturday's mile and an eighth outing for fillies and mares. "Saturday will give her a chance to work toward that goal."

Halo America, owned by the late John Franks, won Oaklawn's Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap in 1997, and was easily the star of the Barnett barn during her own racing career.

"All the guys around the barn have a special place in their hearts for her (Quick Temper) because of who her mother was," said Barnett, speaking over the phone from his home base in Kentucky. "I expect her to run well Saturday. She's won up there (by a length and a half July 28), so she obviously likes the race track. She had a good work here the other day, so I expect her to run a good race once again.

"Also, Shaun (Bridgmohan, Arlington's leading rider) is on her once again," said Barnett, "and that's got to help our chances."

Bridgmohan, who has made a runaway of Arlington's 2005 jockey standings, had 40 more winners than his nearest rival through Wednesday's program.

Incidentally, Quick Temper was not named for her disposition, but for owner Stanley's former association with the steel business.


Trainer Christine Janks, enjoying the best season of her career at Arlington Park, won last weekend's featured Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint with Fifteen Rounds, and could make it two stakes in a row should For Gillian win Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron.

However, a decision on For Gillian's appearance Saturday will not be confirmed until the Florida-bred daughter of Gold Fever trains Friday morning.

"She's doing okay," said Janks of For Gillian, who is owned by William Lydon, Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm, during training hours Thursday, "but I'm a little bit on the fence about running her Saturday.

"She's just getting over a little respiratory thing she had," said Janks. "She seems fine, and it would greatly increase her value even if she could be placed (finish in the money) in the Matron, but I won't run her if she's not at her best.

"After she trains tomorrow (Friday) we'll decide whether she'll run or not on Saturday," said Janks of the filly, who finished second a length and a half behind Quick Temper July 28 and was runner-up again in the Mariah's Storm Stakes Aug. 12 in her last start. "We didn't train her today, and if she should cough when she goes to the track tomorrow, we won't run her."

For Gillian, named for a cheetah who helped save her own endangered breed, has finished no worse than second in her last seven starts, winning two of them this summer at Arlington.

Presently, Janks has a perfect record in the Arlington Matron, which observes its 68th renewal Saturday.

"I won it with Cycylya Zee in 1976 with my only other Matron runner," Janks said. "The race was run in two divisions that year and Alice Chandler won the other division with Nicosia, who was owned by Mill Ridge Farm. In those days, we were about the only two female trainers around, and it seemed especially appropriate that we should win both halves of a race that was for fillies and mares. Cycylya Zee, incidentally, also equaled the world record for a mile out of the chute when she ran in the Smart Deb here."

Janks, who had saddled 29 winners at the meeting through Wednesday, remains second in the current Arlington trainer standings -- three wins in front of Chris Block and Brian Williamson, who are tied for the third spot -- but well behind runaway training leader Wayne Catalano, who is now assured of his third local training title in the last four seasons.


Defending champion Warrsan heads the field in Sunday's Group I Grosser Volkswagen Preis von Baden at the Iffezheim Racecourse near Baden-Baden as the fifth leg of World Racing Championships in Germany on Sunday.

The Grade I Arlington Million, won by Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt Aug. 13, served as the fourth leg of the 2005 World Racing Championships.

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