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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/25/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


For the second straight year, Saturday’s Prairie State Festival included two winners saddled by Christine Janks, and Arlington’s leading stakes trainer this season reported that all her Festival runners came back well and were doing well Sunday morning.

Janks completed this year’s Prairie State double when S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s High Expectations won Saturday’s $85,700 White Oak Handicap (after winning last year’s $88,900 Springfield Stakes). However, one race earlier on Saturday, Janks posed in the winner’s circle with the Estate of William Lydon and Carson Springs Farm’s Ms. Lydonia following the $87,900 Lincoln Heritage Handicap, but also finished third in that turf test with Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farm’s Modjadji.

And one race prior to Saturday’s Lincoln Heritage, Janks had saddled Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon’s Pretty Jenny, who won last year’s $86,200 Purple Violet, to finish second by a neck in this year’s $82,050 Isaac Murphy Handicap.

“Everybody is just fine this morning,” said Janks Sunday, who came within a neck of scoring the first training triple in the seven-year history of the Prairie State Festival, and was asked her morning-after reaction to her successful Saturday.

“I’m probably more tired than my horses are this morning,” Janks said, “but it’s a ‘good’ kind of tired. I’m very happy.”


Trainer Chris Block, the leading trainer in the seven-year-history of the Prairie State Festival, broke in double digits in the win column when Team Block’s Fort Prado successfully defended his championship in Saturday’s $86,400 Black Tie Affair Handicap, and Block also reported that all of his barn’s 2006 Festival runners returned well and were fine Sunday morning.

“I think everybody is fine, as far as I can tell,” said Block Sunday. “We’ll see how things go, but I would say that the Sea o’ Erin (Breeders’ Cup Mile Aug. 5) would be next on the docket for Fort Prado.

“Lighthouse Lil had a lot of trouble in her race,” said Block of the Hussar Racing Stable color bearer who was fourth in the $87,900 Lincoln Heritage Handicap. “I think if she’d had a clear run she might have won.”


Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbreds IV’s Tally Up, half-length hero of Saturday’s $86,350 Springfield Stakes, came out of the race in good order, as did all the Brian Williamson-trained Festival competitors.

“He ran a big race,” said Williamson Sunday morning of Tally Up, “and all our horses came back real good and are doing well today.”

Trainer Tom Swearingen reported that Peter Abruzzo, John Carver and Tom Swearingen Racing Stable’s Springfield runner-up Barely Union Scale also returned well.


Millennium Farm’s Rolling Sea, Oxbow Racing LLC’s Rich Fantasy, and M E S Stable Inc.’s Unreal Rocket, first three finishers respectively in Saturday’s $87,700 Purple Violet Stakes, all came out of the race in fine fettle, according to their connections, as did sixth-place finisher Original Spin, last year’s Illinois Horse of the Year, who had been away from competition since March.

“She (Rolling Sea) came back good,” said Tony Mathiasen, assistant to Rolling Sea’s trainer Steve Asmussen. “She looks great this morning. I knew she was training well but she did it so easy yesterday. I was really impressed.”

“Original Spin just came up a little short,” said conditioner Tony Mitchell of Original Spin. “She came back fine and ate up last night. She got a lot out of her race.”


Bob and Nancy Bartel’s Bluesbdancing, winner of Saturday’s $82,050 Isaac Murphy Handicap, came out of her race in good order, according to winning trainer Terrel Gore.

“She’s in good shape today,” Gore said Sunday.

Other Festival in-the-money finishers without problems according to their connections that were available Sunday morning were Crown’s Way Farm’s You Dancing Devil, second in the Lincoln Heritage for trainer Greg Geier; Linda and Jeff Lafoy’s Just See James, third in the White Oak Handicap for trainer Kris Turner; as well as Charles Sigrist and Moises Yanez’ Majestic Zeal and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Home of Stars, second and third respectively in the Black Tie Affair for conditioners Moises Yanez and Bobby Springer.

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