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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/22/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Jim Tafel LLC’s Coolwind may be a tepid choice in the wagering when she heads a field of six sophomore fillies in Sunday’s $45,000 added Sweetest Chant Stakes.

The one-mile test will have a gross value of $46,800 if all go to the post in the prep for the Grade III Arlington Breeders’ Cup Oaks Aug. 19, with the owners of Sunday’s winner receiving a $28,080 share of Sunday’s total purse.

In her last trip to the post June 30 at the mile distance, Coolwind was allowed to settle early, rallied boldly when set down for the drive and drew off for a facile six-length score. Previously, the daughter of Forest Wildcat was apparently overmatched in Churchill’s Grade III Dogwood Breeders’ Cup Stakes June 3 but was runner-up in Arlington’s $49,600 Ribbon Handicap May 13. Earlier in the spring, she finished eighth in Keeneland’s Grade I Ashland.

Capable of providing strong competition for Coolwind is William Carl’s High Heritage, no disappointment as the choice in her last start at Churchill June 2 when she came from off the pace in a five-furlong high-end allowance affair to tally by two and a half. Before that, the daughter of Silver Deputy tried the grass in Churchill’s $100,000 Open Mind Stakes and finished seventh but only beaten two lengths for the win.

Eusebio Razo Jr. is named to handle the reins on Greg Geier trainee Coolwind, and James Graham is listed in the irons on the Bernie Flint-conditioned High Heritage.

Named to oppose those two are Steven Miles Jr.’s Bootery, Jesse Campbell aboard; Millennium Farms’ Rolling Sea, Robby Albarado in the irons; Jana Wagner and Talley Racing’s Tactical Warning, Rafael Mojica Jr. slated for the tack; and Joanne Patten’s Just Ducky, leading rider Chris Emigh astride.


Two veterans of last summer’s Grade I Arlington Million head a field of seven in Sundays’ Grade I Eddie Read Handicap at the Del Mar Turf Club, the West Coast’s traditional final prep for the showcase event of Chicago’s Thoroughbred racing season to be run Aug. 12.

Five of the seven turf specialists named to the Eddie Read ‘Cap are Arlington Million nominees this year on the second Saturday in August. The next deadline for Million nominations is Wednesday. The Eddie Read ‘Cap is run at nine furlongs over the Del Mar lawn, one furlong less than the Arlington Million’s mile and a quarter-distance.

Tom Baxter’s Fourty Niners Son, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale, finished third in the 2005 Million, beaten just over three lengths by the victorious Powerscourt. The son of Distorted Humor, who was runner-up in last year’s Eddie Read, has drawn the rail for Sunday’s renewal.

Red Oak Stable’s Sweet Return, seventh in last summer’s Million after pressing the pace much of the way and conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, has drawn in immediately adjacent to Fourty Niners Son on Sunday.

Other original 2006 Million nominations entered in Del Mar’s test are the Irish-bred Aragorn, owned by Ballygallon Stud Ltd.; Japanese-bred Silent Name, owned by Wertheimer and Frère; and French-bred Fast and Furious, owned by Arnold Zelcher.


Olympic City, owned by 100 % Racing Stable LLC, received only 50 percent of the combined first and second-place purse distribution of Friday’s feature when he dead-heated with S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Big Rushlet for the win in the eighth race of the afternoon.

Olympic City was ridden by Rafael Mojica Jr., while Big Rushlet had the riding services of Arlington’s leading jockey Chris Emigh.

Also, in that same race, there was a dead-heat for fourth position involving 2 Blondes Inc.’s Borrow, who only got one blonde’s worth of fourth money when finishing on even terms with Victor Achar’s Tepexpan.

The duo of dead-heats in the same race also combined to force four different correct superfecta combinations.


Retired jockey John L. Rotz, elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs in 1983, was an Arlington Park press box visitor Thursday.

Rotz, who rode Ethel D. Jacobs’ High Echelon to victory in the 1970 Belmont Stakes, was also known for his ability aboard 2-year-olds, capturing Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes astride George D. Widener’s Bold Hour in 1966 and Greentree Stable’s Proudest Roman in 1970.

Although based primarily on the New York circuit, Rotz came to Arlington to ride Elberon Farm’s Silent Screen to win the “under-the-lights” 1969 Arlington-Washington Futurity.

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