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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/9/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

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Mass market author Elizabeth Dearl created an entire series of “Taylor Madison Mysteries” in recent years, but the 3-year-old filly Taylor Madison, owned by Michael Dini, William Stauman and Don Bara, will pose a mystery of her own when she tries turf for the first time in Sunday’s $41,750 Double Delta Stakes at one mile over the Arlington Park lawn.

This Taylor Madison is a daughter of Kipling out of Ann’s Classic, and although Taylor Madison goes on grass for the first time, Ann’s Classic is a daughter of the good grass sire Sky Classic. Kipling’s sire Gulch has also been known to get good grass runners.

Taylor Madison broke her maiden on the main course here last Sept. 14, made her last trip to the winner’s circle in Hawthorne’s Lady Hallie Stakes April 29, and was most recently third in an optional claiming sprint here May 24, but was competitive around two turns at Tampa last winter. Trained by Dini, she has Eduardo Perez slated for the tack Sunday.

Stonerside Stable LLC’s Idle Quest, a Churchill invader trained by Bernie Flint with Eddie Martin Jr. named to handle the reins, may be the one to beat. The daughter of Coronado’s Quest, also out of a Sky Classic mare, was seven lengths the best in her last start over the Twin Spires turf June 1 when going the mile distance, but that race was on yielding ground. In her previous start over the same Louisville course, she finished sixth over going rated “good.”

Not to be discounted in Sunday’s Double Delta is Ralls and Foster LLC’s Ladyburn, a Paul McGee trainee who won her last start here May 27 by two and a half when going a mile and an eighth over the local lawn. Ladyburn, by the noted grass sire El Prado, broke her maiden here last Sept. 10 when going a mile and a sixteenth on turf. Jockey James Graham, noted for his prowess over the green, gets the riding assignment.

Completing the field for Sunday’s feature is Lewis Lakin and James Kintz’ Pure Incentive, leading rider Chris Emigh aboard; 100 % Racing Stable LLC’s American Diva, Francisco Torres astride; Gainesway Stable’s Noble Gesture, Larry Sterling Jr. in the irons; and LLC and Rebecca Maker’s Whatsitgonnatake, Jose Ferrer up.


Leading rider Chris Emigh increased his substantial lead in the current Arlington Park jockey standings by riding five winners on Thursday’s racing program.

The veteran Illinois reinsman has never won a riding title at Arlington Park although he boasts numerous jockey championships at other area ovals, but was 18 wins in front of his nearest pursuer after Thursday’s quintet of trips to the winner’s circle.

Emigh, 35, has posted six riding triples at the meeting and four riding doubles. He had a five-win day at Hawthorne on New Year’s Day on his way to that meeting’s championship, and also rode five winners on a single program at Louisiana’s Delta Downs several years ago.

Irish-born jockey James Graham posted a five-win day at Arlington May 27 to be the only other rider to accomplish that feat during the current Arlington meeting.

Emigh won the second race Thursday with Iron County Farms Inc.’s Asyouwish, was aboard Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Valiant Legacy in the fourth when that filly finished on even terms with Mary Zimmerman’s Mak Macy Mo, took the fifth with Montesano Racing’s Spotted Pearl, the sixth with Frank Calabrese’s Internship, and the seventh with Hugh King III’s My Chickadee.


Defending Arlington trainer champion Wayne Catalano saddled two winners Thursday to move to the front of Arlington’s current trainer standings with a one-win advantage over Tommy Tomillo and Christine Janks at the end of the race day.

Catalano won Thursday’s seventh event with Frank Calabrese’s Internship with Chris Emigh aboard, and came back to take the finale with Calabrese’s Tera’s Open Forum with Eddie Martin Jr. in the irons.

Brian Williamson also had a training double Thursday, saddling Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Valiant Legacy to share a dead-heat win with Mary Zimmerman’s Mak Macy Mo in the fourth race, and then returning to the winner’s circle with Hugh King III’s My Chickadee in Thursday’s seventh event.


Arlington Park announcer John G. Dooley took advantage of Friday’s late post time by taking on additional duties earlier in the day at the House of Blues where he called a “Diaper Derby” live on radio’s The Loop 97.9. Arlington bugler Bonny Brown had played the Call to the Post moments earlier.

The winning infant was Tyler “T J Flyer” Glowacki from South Elgin, who “rattled” home with “powerful purposeful palms,” according to Dooley’s call. The winner received a hug and a kiss, while his parents received a year’s supply of diapers.

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