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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/25/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Quarter B. Farm’s Beau Happy, who finished sixth in her seasonal bow April 23 at Hawthorne behind several rivals she will face again in Sunday’s $40,000 Reluctant Guest Stakes at Arlington Park, indicated that she may improve in this weekend’s turf test by posting a bullet three furlongs in :37 Thursday morning at Chicago’s Northwest oval.
The 5-year-old Beau Genius mare won the $88,400 Lincoln Heritage Handicap last year when she came from off the pace to tally by a nose, but has not visited the winner’s circle since.
Hussar Racing Stable LLC’s Lighthouse Lil, winner of that recent outing on Chicago’s Southside when Beau Happy finished sixth, may be a slight choice in the wagering in Sunday’s one-mile added money event. Although seventh in last year’s Reluctant Guest, and seventh in 2005’s Lincoln Heritage ‘Cap behind Beau Happy, the 7-year-old mare won the 2004 Lincoln Heritage when it had a gross value of $85,850. Lighthouse Lil breezed a half in :49.80 Monday.
A duo of Christine Janks trainees, Ms. Lydonia and Chic Dancer, second and third respectively two and a half lengths apart behind Lighthouse Lil in her Hawthorne win, have also been named to Sunday’s Reluctant Guest.
Ms. Lydonia is a 5-year-old mare owned by the Estate of William Lydon & Carson Springs Farm who has not been out of the money in her last five starts, and Chic Dancer, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred owned by J. Denker and S. D. Brille Ltd. Partnership, has been on the board in her last eight appearances.
Also named to the Reluctant Guest are a pair trained by Rebecca Maker consisting of Jeffrey Cooper’s Cercatore, first or second in her last eight starts, and Springwood LLC’s Listen, a winner of her first three career starts and third in her last two.
Conditioner Tommy Tomillo, who boasts numerous training titles on the Chicago circuit but has never won a championship at Arlington, saddled two winners Wednesday to increase his lead to three over defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano through the first 13 days of the 2006 Arlington meeting.
Both of Tomillo’s Wednesday winners -– Chicago Style in the first and Yellow Eyes in the third –- raced in the silks of the 2 Blondes Inc. stable of William Slevin, and both were ridden by jockey Eddie Martin Jr., who doubled his win total during the current season with Wednesday’s winning efforts.
Also posting a riding double Wednesday was jockey James Graham, who posted both of his wins on the grass course: in the fifth for conditioner Richie Scherer aboard Dylan, owned by Clyde Peterson, and in the seventh for trainer Tony Mitchell astride Income, owned by Keith Myers.
Equaling Beau Happy’s bullet breeze Thursday was CresRan LLC’s Prospective Kiss, nominated to Monday’s feature at Arlington: the $40,000 Mister Gus Stakes at one mile over the local lawn.
Prospective Kiss was fourth in Arlington’s $39,925 Timeless Native Stakes on Kentucky Derby Day May 6, fifth in Oaklawn’s Grade III Fifth Season before that April 12, but had won three in a row before that. The 5-year-old gelding has one runner-up finish out of two career starts on the grass.
Jody Musielak has been named facilities operations assistant at Arlington following several seasons as switchboard manager.
The daughter of a former starter at Balmoral, she is married to long time Arlington employee Tom Musielak and began her multifaceted Arlington career at age 14 when working in the cafeteria at the old building some years before it was destroyed by fire in 1985.
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