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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/21/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Pretty Jenny, the Illinois-bred daughter of Pioneering who captured last year’s $86,200 Purple Violet Stakes as a sophomore, appears headed to the Prairie State Festival once again for owners Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon. The 4-year-old filly proved clearly best winning Saturday’s $41,750 Fit For A Queen Stakes.

“It was great,” said trainer Christine Janks Sunday morning during training hours while assessing Pretty Jenny’s Fit For A Queen one-length victory. “I had a lot of confidence in her, but she ran better than I thought she would after losing all that ground. When you take that into consideration, she was probably lengths the best.

“She came back fine, so Prairie State Festival Day (June 24) would appear to be the next logical spot for her,” said Janks, speaking of this year’s $75,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

“I really think some of the credit for her win yesterday should be given to Craig,” said Janks, referring to Arlington’s stakes coordinator Craig Lytel. “He’s the one that talked Barry (Janks’ husband) into staying here for that race, and I’d rather run at Arlington and support my home base anyway.”

Janks, who tied for second in the final Arlington trainer standings last season with Chris Block, will have a similar “ship-or-stay” dilemma facing her this weekend with Ken Meeker and Carson Springs Farm’s Fifteen Rounds, who won at last asking locally May 6 and is nominated to this Saturday’s Grade III Hanshin Cup: racing highlight of Arlington’s extended Memorial Day Weekend program.

“Fifteen Rounds (who worked a handy five furlongs in :58.60 Sunday morning at Arlington) has sort of told us he is ready to do something again with that work this morning,” Janks said. “Chris (Arlington’s leading rider Emigh, who was aboard for the move) told us he was really full of himself.

“The mile (Hanshin distance) may not be the way to go with him right now, but I don’t like the idea of shipping him either,” said Janks. “Fifteen Rounds gives up something when he does that. The way I see it, we have three choices: we can run in the Hanshin, ship out of town, or stay in the barn. I’m still not sure what we’re going to do.”

The Florida-bred Fifteen Rounds, an altered son of Fit to Fight, captured the 2005 Arlington Breeders’ Cup Sprint last August, ran fifth in Keeneland’s Grade III Phoenix Breeders’ Cup last October, and fifth again at that central Kentucky oval April 15 in the Grade II Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup.


Frank Calabrese, Arlington’s leading owner in number of wins for the last six racing seasons, has an equine full brother-sister combination both with unlimited potential in their racing futures.

Sophomore star Lewis Michael, named for Calabrese’s son, ran second, beaten only a neck, in Belmont Park’s Grade II Peter Pan Stakes Saturday.

Dreaming of Anna, a juvenile filly named in honor of the local owner champion’s late sister, made her career bow a winning one in Friday’s opening event by galloping home four lengths in front of her nearest rival.

“Yeah, he ran big,” said Calabrese when congratulated in Arlington’s paddock Saturday shortly after Lewis Michael’s Peter Pan run. “I think now what we’ll do is put him back on the grass and send him to the ($500,000) Colonial (Turf) Cup (June 25 at Colonial Downs.)”

Trainer Wayne Catalano indicated as he arrived back at Arlington Sunday morning that he was also pleased with Lewis Michael’s outing in the Peter Pan and is anticipating a bright future for both Rahy siblings out of Calabrese’s broodmare (and former racemare) Justenuffheart, a daughter of Broad Brush.


Trainer James Day, the last conditioner to saddle a horse to sweep all three legs of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple, has been nominated to the Canadian Hall of Fame.

Day saddled Robert Schaedle III’s Honor Glide to win the Arlington Classic, American Derby and Secretariat Stakes in 1997, becoming only the third trainer in history to sweep the Mid-America Triple.

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