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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/18/06)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

‘CAT’ BREEZES LEWIS MICHAEL; TOPS TRAINERS THRU SUNDAY

Conditioner Wayne Catalano breezed Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael five furlongs over Arlington’s grass course, five-eighths in 1:06.80 Saturday morning, and then saddled two winners during the Saturday afternoon program to take command in the local trainer standings.

Lewis Michael, a sophomore son of Rahy who was second by a neck to Sunriver in Belmont’s Grade 2 Peter Pan on the main track at last asking May 20, is being pointed for Saturday’s $1,000,000 Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.

“Lewis Michael was just going an easy five furlongs around the dogs,” said Illinois State clocker Bobby Belpedio, “but he did the last eighth in :12 1/5 and then galloped out the three-quarters in 1:19 4/5. He was well in hand all the way.”

Later in the afternoon, Catalano, Arlington’s defending trainer champion, jumped clear of a three-way tie with Tommy Tomillo and Christine Janks when he saddled Calabrese’s Touch Em All to win the fifth race and that owner’s Suaviter to take the seventh.

Leading jockey Chris Emigh, who earlier had ridden George Michalson’s Dixie Davey to victory in Sunday’s third race for trainer Brian Williamson, completed an afternoon “hat trick” with wins aboard both of Catalano’s trainees.

The stable of Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas also registered a training double Sunday at Arlington Park, winning the second with Overbrook Farm’s Deep Springs with Carlos Marquez Jr. aboard, and the sixth with David Tam’s Come Out Smokin’ with Rafael Mojica Jr. in the irons.

Earlier in the day, jockey Marquez had been “miked up” when aboard a horse during the “Breakfast At Arlington” program, and was then joined by his father -- formerly prominent Arlington Park jockey Carlos H. Marquez -- and others in the family to entertain Breakfast guests with Arlington Park historical footnotes.

CHICAGO BC RIVALS EBONY BREEZE, ‘DANCE’ DOING WELL SUNDAY

Kinsman Stable’s Ebony Breeze, who rallied from the middle of the pack to be clearly best in Saturday’s Grade III Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Arlington Park, returned from her effort in good order and was doing well at her Churchill Downs headquarters Sunday morning.

“She came out of the race well and she looked super this morning,” said Ken McCarthy, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott when speaking over the phone from Louisville.

Accepting congratulations Sunday morning at Arlington Park was trainer Marco Salazar, who saddled Marcelo Bueno and Isaac Zoldan’s Pentelicus Dance to gain the runner-up position at 41-1 in Saturday’s featured filly and mare event.

“She came out of the race great,” said Salazar. “I’m very proud of her. She gave me her best effort once again, but she always does. I knew she belonged with those horses and she proved me right. Mott’s mare has won over a million dollars, now. It’s no disgrace to run second to her.

“This filly is from a very good family,” added Salazar of the Ecuadorian-bred Pentelicus Dance. “I’ve got some younger members from that family now that may be better than she is, and I told the owners and breeders, ‘Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.’

“She’s got some black type now after yesterday,” said Salazar, “and maybe I can take her and one of the others to the Caribbean Classic (races) at El Comandante in Puerto Rico this December. I’d love to go back there but I won’t rush anybody if they’re not ready.”

FORT PRADO, OTHER PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL NOMINEES WORK SUNDAY

Team Block’s Fort Prado, defending champion from the Prairie State Festival’s $86,950 Black Tie Affair Handicap last year, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Sunday morning in possible preparation for his second win in a row in that race to be run this Saturday.

Trainer Chris Block is anxious to review the various Black Tie Affair weight assignments before committing his 5-year-old star to the seventh running of the race restricted to Illinois-breds. Fort Prado also won last summer’s Sea o’ Erin Breeders’ Cup Mile in open company, and was eventually named Illinois Turf Male and Illinois Older Male champion for 2005.

Quarter B. Farm’s Beau Happy, defending champion from last year’s $88,400 Lincoln Heritage Handicap and nominated once again to Saturday’s sixth renewal, breezed a half-mile in :51.20 Sunday morning.

S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s High Expectations, who won the Prairie State Festival’s $88,900 Springfield Stakes last year and is cross-nominated to this Saturday’s $75,000 White Oak Handicap as well as the Black Tie Affair, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Sunday morning.

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