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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/30/06)
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In today's notes:
Gary Tanaka’s Proudinsky, a German-based son of Germany’s 2001 Arlington Million winner Silvano, breezed three furlongs in :40.80 Friday morning in advance of Saturday’s Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve.
The German-bred sophomore, who arrived in the United States Wednesday on a flight from Amsterdam, broke his maiden by 15 lengths in his career debut April 30 at Dusseldorf, but finished second by a half-length May 25 at Dortmund over yielding ground.
“The ground was very deep that day,” said Proudinsky’s exercise rider Christiane Kaiserer, speaking of the bay colt’s runner-up finish in his second start. “He prefers firmer ground, like it is here at Arlington.”
Saturday’s Classic is the first leg of Arlington Park’s Mid-America Triple, which continues with the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s July 22, and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes during Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing on Arlington Million Day Aug. 12.
“We don’t know yet what our plans are after Saturday,” Kaiserer said as she completed Proudinsky’s post-breeze bath. “It depends on how he runs in the Classic. It is possible he would stay here for your next race in three weeks.”
The last 3-year-old to sweep Arlington’s Mid-America Triple was Robert Schaedle’s Honor Glide nine years ago. Previously, the Mid-America Triple was won by Powhatan’s Tom Rolfe in 1965 and Ogden Phipps’ Buckpasser in 1966.
In its recent history, the Secretariat has often served as a precursor of the following year’s Grade I Arlington Million.
Trainer Mickey Goldfine, who saddled Arthur Appleton’s Atlantic Frost to be clearly best in last Sunday’s $42,250 Possibly Perfect Stakes, remains hopeful that the mare might make her next appearance in the Grade III Modesty Handicap July 22 on Million Preview Day.
“Actually, I’m very lucky to have her back in my barn this season,” said Goldfine. “She’s going to make a nice broodmare, but because she was sound at the end of last year, Mr. Appleton’s farm manager George Isaacs gave her back to me to let me race her one more year, and I’m very grateful to him for that. She’s a sweet, kind mare -- a lot of fun to be around -- and if she continues to do well, we might very well give her a chance in the Modesty.”
The Modesty, at a mile and three-sixteenths on the grass, is the final major local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. on Arlington Million Day Aug. 12.
RNR Breeders’ Act Like a Lion let out a mighty roar in Thursday’s fifth race, closing with a bold rush to score by a length and three-quarters while lighting up the tote board with a $121.40 straight payoff: largest win price of the current season.
Act Like a Lion, trained by Greg Geier and ridden by E. T. Baird, eclipsed the season-high win payoff of $110.60 established exactly two weeks earlier.
The 3-year-old son of Lion Cavern combined with John C. Mullen Enterprise Inc.’s Combat Duty to produce the meeting’s largest exacta price of $2,726.60. Combat Duty’s place payoff of $52.60 was also a season high, as was Act Like a Lion’s show payoff of $18.40. Two 50-cent trifecta tickets worth $46,384.15 were also sold to be a season high and included third-place finisher Denaveral, owned by Judy Lucero and Anthony Fatigato.
Assuming Arlington’s fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth races Sunday remain intact, the program will offer four $100,000 Guaranteed Turf Trifectas as well as an all-turf midday double and late double. One of the $100K Turf Trifectas, as well as the first half of the late double, includes Sunday’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders’ Cup Turf at a mile and a half over Arlington’s world famous turf course.
Arlington guests and local media outlets are reminded that a special 2:30 p.m. first post will be in effect Monday, to allow Arlington Park’s Monday Fireworks Show, presented by La Salle Bank, to begin shortly after dusk as one of the biggest displays in the suburbs.
Also on Monday -- July 3 -- the first 5,000 paid admissions for the races will receive a free Arlington Park blanket.
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