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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/18/06)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

SATURDAY’S FIT FOR A QUEEN STAKES HAS ‘JENNY’ WITH EYES ON EDDY

Ralls and Foster LLC’s Eyes On Eddy should rule the choice when she heads a field of seven named to Saturday’s Fit For A Queen Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs, but Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon’s Pretty Jenny may be the one to beat.

Eyes On Eddy, although winless in her last three, captured Gulfstream’s Suwannee River Handicap by a half-length on Donn Handicap Day Feb. 4 this winter in South Florida when that race was taken off the turf and run over a sloppy track at a mile and an eighth. The daughter of Touch Gold could benefit from an off track if the recent inclement Chicagoland weather were to continue through the weekend. However, last July 29 here, Eyes On Eddy won the Sweetest Chant Stakes by 10 lengths over a fast track, defeating Pretty Jenny by more than 20 when the pair were matched at one mile.

In her most recent start, Eyes On Eddy was fourth in Hawthorne’s Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap April 22, was fifth in Gufstream’s Grade II Rampart Handicap before that, and sixth in that oval’s Grade II Honey Fox Handicap March 4 on Fountain of Youth Day. All three of those starts were over a distance of ground.

Pretty Jenny was beaten a length at last asking April 29 in Hawthorne’s restricted Governor’s Lady Handicap when running Saturday’s sprint distance. Previously, she had finished fourth at that oval March 18 in her 2006 debut. In her final trip to the post last season, Pretty Jenny won over the Arlington grass course when dashing the five-furlong distance.

Eyes On Eddy must shoulder the top impost of 126 pounds Saturday, including jockey Chris Emigh, Arlington’s leading rider, while Pretty Jenny gets in with 120 and has Arlington newcomer Ariel Smith astride.

Named to oppose those two is 2 Blondes Inc.’s Guiding Star, 120, Eddie Razo up; Fab Oak Stable’s Maggie Jordan, 120, Tony Farina astride; Bentley Smith’s Grand Portege, 124, Jessie Campbell aboard; Russell L. Reineman Stables Inc.’s Silver Crown, 124, James Graham slated for the tack; and Iron Horse Racing LLC’s Tax Refund, 120, Francisco Torres up.

WARNING FOR ‘EDDY’S’ EYES ONLY: WATCH OUT FOR WASHING MACHINES

Ralls and Foster LLC’s Eyes On Eddy has won $318,690 during her lifetime career, but almost had no career and no life at all as a result of a training accident as a 2-year-old.

“She got loose in the morning,” owner Dennis Foster related some time ago. “She ran into a washing machine, got up, kept running around the corner past another barn and took on a dumpster head on.

“I made a beeline to the Rood and Riddle Clinic in Lexington and got there about the same time the filly arrived,” Foster said. “She came out of there with four tubes and many stitches but Dr. Ruggles told me she was going to make it. I asked if she’d make it to the races and he said she might since there was no joint or bone damage.”

EARLY PREAKNESS, PIMLICO WAGERING SATURDAY AT ‘TRACKSIDE’

Although Pimlico’s Preakness Stakes, and most of Saturday’s program in Baltimore will be available at Arlington Park after Arlington’s gates open at 11:15 a.m., Pimlico’s Preakness Day program has a first post of 9:30 a.m.

Arlington’s guests wishing to wager on the initial races of Pimlico’s program may do so at Trackside Arlington Park.

RAPPAHANNOCK BRINGS ‘BROTHERS TO THE RESCUE’ WEDNESDAY

The Rappahannock may be a river flowing from Northern Virginia into the Chesapeake Bay, and “Brothers to the Rescue” may be an active nonviolent group of anti-Castro Cubans, but it was a brothers-trainer-jockey combination of Alejandro and Eddie Razo who rescued the 6-year-old horse Rappahannock, owned by Victor Achar, from his 12th straight defeat Wednesday at Arlington Park.

“Alejandro returned to training this year after being away from it for 15 years,” said Eddie Razo, a longtime familiar face in Arlington’s jockey colony and runner-up in the final standings two years ago.

“He has been galloping horses and serving as an assistant for my Dad,” Razo said. “My Dad trained horses for this owner many years ago in Mexico City, and Alejandro saddled his own first career winner for him in Tiajuana when he trained horses before.”

Rappahannock, aptly named as a son of Virginia Rapids out of Crown Water, was the Razo brothers’ first win at Arlington this season as a team, but the duo won several races at Hawthorne earlier this year. Would they be a formidable combination during this session?

“Sounds good,” said the jockey, who at 40 is six years younger than his trainer brother.

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