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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/14/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


British-bred Singhalese, who won the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 20 by a half-length and is owned by the Gould Family Trust & Paul Dixon, has now been confirmed as a starter for Saturday's main event at Arlington - the 42nd running of the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes.

The Pucker Up is run at a mile and an eighth over Arlington's world famous turf course.

Earlier in the summer, Singhalese was third behind Japanese champion Cesario and Beverly D. contestant Melhor Ainda in the Grade I American Oaks at Hollywood Park July 3.

Singhalese is trained by James Cassidy, who saddled the British-bred Ticker Tape, owned by Pearson & Sweeney, to win last fall's Pucker Up here.

Singhalese is the daughter of 1996 Grade I Canadian International champion Singspiel, who was also runner-up in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf at Woodbine that fall.


This last racing week of the 2005 season at Arlington is wrapped up by a celebratory series of three entertainment-rich days during "Valvoline Instant Oil Change Closing Weekend at Arlington Park." The Northwest Chicago oval closes its current racing season at the end of Sunday's racing program.

Festivities for the weekend begin Friday at Miller Lite Party In The Park, where the band "215 West" will play a plethora of favorites whether they be timeless classics or present day hits. First race and first song Friday will be at 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the racing day is highlighted by the 42nd running of the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and an eighth over Arlington's world famous turf course. Past winners include such legends as Daniel Agnew's Top Corsage in 1986, Arthur Hancock III and Leone Peters' Ribbon in 1980, Drymon & Greenslit's Double Delta in 1969 and Harbor View Farm's Swinging Mood in 1966.

Also on Saturday, members of the Arlington Park management team will join host Joe Kristufek in the Starting Gate Theatre to look back on the 2005 meet and ahead to the 2006 season. The show begins at 11:30 a.m. Post time is 1 p.m.

This Sunday, the theme for 2005's final Pepsi Family Day sponsored by the Daily Herald is "Picture This," where the ArtWorks Children's Museum presents an attractive show to bring out the artist in everyone.

Two-year-olds of both genders highlight Sunday's closing day racing program with 71st runnings of both the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity and the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie, restricted to juvenile members of the distaff set.

Past heroes of the local Futurity include Milch & Silverman's Gilded Time in 1992, who went on to win an Eclipse Award as champion juvenile that season; Lazy Lane Farm's Hansel in 1990, who went on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes the following spring, and Hunter Farm's Spend a Buck in 1984, who went on to win the Kentucky Derby and Horse of the Year honors the following year.

Recent heroines of the Lassie include Thunderhead Farm's Mariah's Storm in 1993, who went on to win the Arlington Oaks as a sophomore and the Arlington Matron as a 4-year-old. She is the also the dam of Giant's Causeway, later a European champion and now one of the world's top sires. The previous fall, 1992's Lassie champ Eliza went on to an Eclipse Award as the nation's top 2-year-old filly.


Veteran jockey Mark Guidry, Arlington's jockey champion in 1992 and 2000, is now two victories away from the 1,000-win plateau in trips to the winner's circle at Arlington Park during his career, and is slated for six mounts Wednesday.

Guidry's first assignment Wednesday is astride Peter Vegso's Homewood for Tom Proctor. He continues with Frank Calabrese's Spotted Owl in the fourth for conditioner Wayne Catalano; comes right back in the fifth with Bruce Polier, Jeff Johnson, Pat Smiley and Robert Kost's Connywithay for Richie Scherer; again in the sixth with Ken & Sarah Ramsey's Storm Rolling In for Dale Romans; right back in the seventh with D. J. Mears III's Stormcloudrising, again for Proctor; and the last aboard Bauer & Kudla LLC's Shining Blue Demon for Tony Granitz.


Wayne Catalano, Arlington Park's trainer champion in 2000, 2002 and 2003, is now two wins away from Arlington's season high mark of 64 winners; a record he established during his run to the 2002 training title.

Catalano's lone entrant Wednesday is in the fourth race with Guidry's mount Spotted Owl, the morning line choice in the wagering.

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