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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/15/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


When Frank Calabrese's Spotted Pearl, ridden by Mark Guidry and conditioned by Wayne Catalano, won Wednesday's fourth race, both the jockey and the trainer moved within one victory of significant Arlington Park milestones in their respective careers.

Guidry's next trip to the Arlington winner's circle will be the 1,000th in his career at the Northwest Chicago oval, while Catalano's next Arlington winner will tie him with his own record 64 victories set three years ago for most winners saddled during a single season in Arlington Park history.

Guidry has six chances to reach the four-figure milestone Thursday, beginning with strong morning line-favoritism aboard Iron County Farms Inc.'s Dew Can Do in the opener.

The Louisiana-born reinsman returns in the fifth race astride CresRan LLC's Chameleon, another morning line favorite, and comes right back in the sixth on William Bradford's A Classic Aussie. His consecutive streak of mounts continues in the seventh on Calabrese's Argentia Bay; the eighth on favored U R Loved, owned by William Pacella, Joseph Rizza & Ronald Schwed; and concludes in the ninth on favored Powder River, owned by Thunderhead Farms.

Catalano's lone chance Thursday to tie his mark for most wins by a trainer in an Arlington season comes with Argentia Bay in the seventh.

Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires -- Arlington's all-time leading jockey -- is listed for one mount Thursday aboard Peacock Stable's Kitty's Mission. Fires' next winner at Arlington will be the 2,800th of his career at the Northwest Chicago oval.


Grade I Del Mar Oaks winner Singhalese, owned by Gould Family Trust & Paul Dixon, heads the field in Saturday's Grade III Pucker Up at Arlington Park, and competitors Everest Stables Inc.'s Isla Cozzene and Richard L. Duchossois' Royal Copenhagen -- both veterans of graded stakes company -- will be well regarded in the wagering.

However, Elkhorn Oaks Racing LLC's Gallant Secret, beaten only a length at 15-1 when runner-up in the Grade III Arlington Oaks as a longshot, returns to make her first start on grass, and is likely to be an even bigger price Saturday.

"It looks like I've given her a tough spot once again," said trainer James Jackson, speaking over the phone from his Great Lakes Downs headquarters. "She'll really have to come out of there running.

"But I've thought all along that this filly is missing just a little something from being a Grade I horse," said Jackson, "and maybe trying her on the grass is what we need to do. The owners (James & Martha Fortney of Elkhorn Oaks Racing LLC) bred this filly and they raced a sister to her (Gallant Secret's) dam Candi's Parfait on the grass, and they told me she could run on turf.

"Then I looked up her pedigree and I also found Halo in there so I figured I'd give this race a try," Jackson said. "I think one of this filly's problems is that I've never been able to find a jockey who could ride her consistently since Terry Houghton rode her last winter in Tampa. She's not an easy filly to ride, and when Mike Smith rode her in the (Grade I) Kentucky Oaks and she finished third, he said he learned a lot about her and would like the chance to ride her back. Then Jesse Campbell rode her last time at Arlington and he feels he knows her better now.

"Now, he'll get the chance to ride her back Saturday, and if he can save some ground this time, I think she could run a big race," said Jackson. "She is so good right now, and she's not over-raced, so we're going to give it a try."


Underrated local jockey Eddie Perez made his case for longshot prices at Arlington Wednesday by scoring with two of them.

Perez took the third aboard Richard Perkins' Arizona Rose for trainer Michael Weissman and a $66.80 win mutuel, and came back in the sixth on Center Hill Farm's Taylor Madison for conditioner Mike Dini at a $46.80 straight price.

Jockey Perry Compton also scored a Wednesday riding double, winning the opener on Manuel Martinez & Charles Vinci's Sherintan's Zeal for trainer Vinci, and the eighth aboard Bill Niedfelt's G G's Dolly for trainer Don Von Hemel.


Among the entries for Sunday's Grade III Arlington Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity is Gulf Coast Farms' Grand Survival, trained by internationally-renowned Patrick Biancone, who will be on hand at Arlington to saddle the son of Grand Slam, with Gary Stevens aboard.

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has entered Circle C Group Stables' Ex Caelis in Sunday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie -- sister race to the local Futurity also run on closing day of Arlington's 2005 racing season -- and also with Stevens up.

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