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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/14/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Oxbow Racing LLC’s Kingship, a front-running first in the Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve on July 1, accomplished an impressive five-furlong breeze over Arlington’s turf course in 1:01 Friday morning while the “dogs” were well out from the rail.

In a position to sweep Arlington’s Mid-America Triple, Kingship had jockey Francisco Torres in the irons Friday, and galloped out the three-quarters in 1:14 1/5 over the course rated “good.” The move was designed to prepare the son of 2000 Arlington Classic winner King Cugat for the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s July 22 on Arlington Park’s Million Preview Day.

The Arlington Classic, American Derby and the upcoming Grade I Secretariat Aug. 12 make up Arlington’s Mid-America Triple, a series that has not been swept in nine years. Robert Schaedle’s Honor Glide swept the Triple in 1997, while the only other horses to complete the Chicago sweep were Powhatan’s Tom Rolfe in 1965 and Ogden Phipps’ Buckpasser in 1966.

As part of a one-day troika of Grade I grass races during Arlington Park’s 2006 International Festival of Racing, the Secretariat will be run on Arlington Million Day along with the Beverly D. on the second Saturday in August.


Irish trainer Dermot Weld, Ireland’s all-time leading conditioner and also one who has captured Arlington’s Grade II American Derby three times in his career, is set to try the upcoming middle leg of the Mid-America Triple once again. The mile and three-sixteenths American Derby is presented by Jack Daniel’s July 22.

Due to arrive Sunday at Arlington for the American Derby, following a transatlantic flight, is the Irish-bred Weld trainee Golden Arrow, owned by Dr. Ronan Lambe.

Golden Arrow, a son of Danehill out of a Dr Devious mare, closed to gain the fourth spot in the listed NetJets Celebration Stakes at one mile July 2 at The Curragh. Previously, the bay sophomore was fifth, beaten four and a quarter lengths, in the Group I Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas over that same course May 27.

As a juvenile last season, Golden Arrow was second to Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s George Washington, eventual winner of the Group I English 2000 Guineas at Newmarket May 6.

Weld won his first American Derby in 2000 with Highland Farms et al.’s Pine Dance, and finished second the following year with Moyglare Stud Farm’s Jazz Beat. However, Weld came back to take the 2003 renewal with Moyglare’s Evolving Tactics, and won again the following season with Moyglare’s Simple Exchange.

Observing its 92nd running this year, the American Derby is Arlington Park’s oldest stakes race.


Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael, a possible starter in the upcoming Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s July 22, worked a bullet half-mile in :46 handily Thursday morning on the main track.

Lewis Michael, second by a neck to Aaron and Marie Jones’ Sunriver in Belmont Park’s Grade II Peter Pan on the main track May 20, is a son of the good grass sire Rahy, and broke his maiden over Arlington’s grass course last Sept. 8.

In his most recent trip to the post, Lewis Michael finished ninth in Virginia’s grassy $1,000,000 Colonial Cup June 24 after leading the second flight most of the way.

However, Lewis Michael was also third behind eventual Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, owned by Lael Stables, when both those colts ran in Calder’s Grade III Tropical Park Derby over the lawn on New Year’s Day in South Florida.


English-born apprentice jockey Lori Keith, veteran Illinois-based trainer Mickey Goldfine, and former jockey and current equine masseuse Nancy Knott have been named as guests on Saturday’s “Breakfast at Arlington” program, the third of the popular breakfast programs at Arlington this season.

“Breakfast at Arlington,” which affords guests the opportunity to observe Thoroughbreds during their morning workouts, offers a breakfast buffet from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and allows those in attendance to stay for the races Saturday afternoon.

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