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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/4/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Seven well-matched fillies and mares -- any one of whom has a reasonable chance to pose in the winner's circle following the running -- are scheduled to go to the post in Monday's $41,750 Safely Kept Stakes at six furlongs at Chicago's Northwest oval.
Assuming the field remains intact for the featured event on the third and last "live" Monday racing program at Arlington Park in 2005, the owners of the Safely Kept victress will receive a $25,050 share of the total purse.
Allen Tanis's Rich City Girl, Frank Calabrese's Liz On Polk Street or Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Silver Crown could be the post time favorite in the Safely Kept.
Rich City Girl, second in the six-furlong Fit For A Queen Stakes May 21 here, returns to the main track after three straight grass sprints at five-eighths. The Carson City mare is trained by Christine Janks and will be ridden by Chris Emigh, each of whom were second in their respective divisions of this year's Arlington standings through Saturday.
Liz On Polk Street, a daughter of A. P. Indy, finished two lengths behind Rich City Girl when third in the Fit For A Queen, but was checked in the stretch run that day. She was most recently fourth in Prairie Meadows' Iowa State Fair Stakes Aug. 20. This summer's leading trainer Wayne Catalano conditions the filly and this summer's leading jockey Shaun Bridgmohan is slated for the tack.
Silver Crown, trained by Bobby Springer and to be ridden by James Graham, was third -- a neck in front of Liz On Polk Street -- in the Iowa State Fair Stakes last time and also a competitive third in her two starts before that.
Facing those three Monday are Doug Arnold & Steve Snowden's Goldleafed Mirror, Bernie Flint-trained and to be ridden by E. T. Baird; Casa De Caballos' Beautiful Bets, Frank Kirby-conditioned with Carlos H. Marquez Jr. aboard; Bob & Nancy Bartels' Bluesbdancing, Terrel Gore the trainer and Eusebio Razo Jr. the rider; and Thomas & Emily Tabb's No Llores Catita, trained by Dave Kassen with Jesse Campbell in the irons.
Carol & Charles Hammersmith's Miss Terrible, who finished last in Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron as the even-money choice in the wagering, was scoped shortly after the race and was found to have mucous in her lungs, trainer Bradley Ross said Sunday morning.
"It was very disappointing," said Ross. "Not only for me and the owners, but I also feel bad for the people who backed her as the choice in the race. She had coughed five times earlier last week, so something may have been brewing, but because of that we scoped her last Wednesday and she was clear, so we made the decision to go ahead and let her run.
"She's fine this morning," said Ross. "She came back to the barn like she hadn't even run, and she ate up well last night and is walking fine today. We've treated her with antibiotics and she should be OK now."
Glen Hill Farm's Indy Groove, four and a half-length victress in the Matron, and Mark Stanley's Quick Temper, who finished second by a head, both came out of Arlington's main event for fillies and mares on the main track in good order, according to their connections.
"She's fine this morning," said winning trainer Tom Proctor of Indy Groove. "We'll look for something for her at Keeneland."
Bobby Barnett, conditioner of the Quick Temper as the runner-up, indicated enthusiasm with his filly's excellent run while speaking over the phone from Kentucky Sunday morning.
"I thought she ran a nice race," said Barnett. "She cooled out well yesterday and I'm told she's doing well this morning."
Defending champion Warrsan, owned by Saeed Manana, scored his second straight victory in Germany's Group I Grosser Volkswagen Preis von Baden Sunday as the fifth leg in 2005's World Racing Championship. The Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 13 served as the fourth leg of that series.
Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, Arlington Park's all-time leading jockey, will return this week following a brief vacation with his wife and family in Arkansas. Fires' next trip to the winner's circle at Arlington Park will be the 2,800th of his Arlington career and the 6,356th of his lifetime record.
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