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Horse slaughter in Illinois
|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/10/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Wexler Racing Stables Inc.’s Kid Grindstone caused some disappointment for his connections when withdrawn from Sunday’s $100,000 Avers Wexler Illinois Owners Stakes, but the good news is that his bruised foot is not deemed serious and the gelding should be returned to training shortly.
“I think we avoided an abscess because he’s much better this morning,” said trainer Mike Campbell Monday during training hours at Arlington Park. “He’ll certainly live to fight another day and that’s the important thing.
“He trained good two days before the race and he came back good,” said Campbell, “but he pulled a shoe off during the work and he must have stepped on something. But by that afternoon, he was favoring that foot and that’s when we discovered the bruise, so right now he’s living in Epsom salts.
“Mr. Wexler was so pumped up about running his horse in the race named after him I hated to tell him about the injury,” Campbell said, “but he totally agreed with the scratch. He wouldn’t want any horse of his to run if he wasn’t at his best. Nevertheless, it was a grave disappointment for him to have to scratch out of race named for him to honor Illinois owners.
“Right now, we’re just focused on getting the horse back right,” Campbell said, when asked about what might be next for Kid Grindstone, “but there is the (Grade III) Hanshin Cup coming up (May 27). We’ll see how he does over the next few days and go from there.”
Easy Money 2006 LLC’s No Tolerance, also trained by Campbell, made the pace in the Wexler, could not withstand Edward Sukley’s Arlington Classic winner Purim when challenged but saved the runner-up spot under Jesse Campbell, the trainer’s son.
“He’s a very talented horse in his own right,” said the senior Campbell. “Speed is always dangerous and we almost pulled it off.”
Team Block’s Mystery Giver, twice an Arlington Million contestant and twice Illinois Horse of the Year, was always outrun in Sunday’s Avers Wexler Illinois Owners Stakes. In his second race back from a career-threatening torn suspensory ligament injury more than a year and a half ago, he finished last in Sunday’s weekend highlight but did not re-injure himself, according to trainer Chris Block.
“He’s fine,” Block said during training hours Monday. “We want to give him another race and then evaluate things. Physically, he’s fine, but he’s an 8-year-old now. He may have lost a step. We’ll see.”
Incidentally, Team Block’s Fort Prado, Illinois Turf Male and Older Male champion last year and winner of his last three in a row, was a program scratch out of Churchill’s Grade I Woodford Reserve Classic on Kentucky Derby Day.
“He suffered an abscess in his left front the day before the race,” said Block on Monday. “He’s back here (at Arlington) now.”
James Tafel LLC’s Coolwind, asked to shoulder the top impost of 119 pounds in Saturday’s featured Ribbon Handicap at Arlington Park, will be a starter in the $40,000 six-furlong sprint, according to trainer Greg Geier.
“We’re going to run,” said Geier Wednesday morning during training hours of the filly who breezed a half in :50 on Kentucky Derby Day at Arlington after being overmatched in Keeneland’s Grade I Ashland at last asking April 8. “She’s doing fine.”
Coolwind finished third in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Lassie last Sept. 18 and followed that with a fourth-place effort in Keeneland’s Grade II Alcibiades.
Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Divine Comic, a juvenile full brother to 2005 Illinois Horse of the Year Original Spin, also owned by the Reineman family, breezed three furlongs in :37.60 at Arlington Wednesday morning.
“He went very well,” said trainer Tony Mitchell. “He was very professional. Actually, he was only supposed to go a quarter, but he ended up getting the three-eighths very well.
“Incidentally, Original Spin will be up here next week,” said Mitchell of the third-place finisher in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last Oct. 29.
Arlington leading rider Chris Emigh accomplished his second straight riding triple Sunday at Arlington. Leading trainer Tom Tomillo saddled his second straight training double.
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