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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/5/06)
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In today's notes:
Stony Oak Farm LLC’s Elusive Jazz, second by a neck in last year’s $150,000 Arlington Breeders’ Cup Sprint, should rule the choice in Sunday’s $46,800 Better Bee Stakes at six furlongs, but faces five worthy rivals in this weekend’s prep for the 10th anniversary edition of Arlington’s premier sprint stakes Aug. 26.
Following his runner-up performance in last summer’s Sprint, when overlooked in the wagering at 17-1, Elusive Jazz went on to capture Keeneland’s Grade III Phoenix Breeders’ Cup Sprint Oct. 8, but will be making his first start Sunday since finishing sixth in Laurel’s Grade I Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Nov. 19.
Trained by Bobby Barnett, one of the most successful conditioners on the Southwest and Kentucky circuits, Elusive Jazz will be ridden by Arlington’s leading rider Chris Emigh Sunday.
Capable of providing strong competition for Elusive Jazz is Steve Mongerson’s Smalltown Slew, who will be attempting to extend a four-race victory skein. In his last trip to the post July 15, the son of 1994 Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Evansville Slew captured Thistledown’s $50,000 Isi Newborn Memorial Stakes by two and a quarter lengths.
In his three previous efforts Smalltown Slew had successfully advanced while ascending the claiming ladder at Churchill Downs this spring. Irish-born but Arlington-based jockey James Graham is named to handle the reins aboard the Tom Amoss trainee.
Amoss also conditions Better Bee starter Monkey Hill, owned by Marc and Jill Winston, who cannot be discounted after coming off a runner-up finish in Ellis Park’s $50,000 Don Bernhardt Memorial Stakes July 29. Before that, Monkey Hill won by a nose over the Arlington strip June 22. Eddie Martin Jr. is named to ride.
Completing Sunday’s Better Bee field is Jeffrey Crockett’s Iron Rogue, Jose Ferrer aboard; Marc Goldish and Savoy Stable’s Wonone, Francisco Torres astride; and Shari and Michael Brickman’s Alabama Clay, Carlos Silva listed for the tack.
Over $2 million in guaranteed pools will be one of the new enticements at this summer’s Arlington Million Day Aug. 12!
The world’s top turf horses will battle it out in the Grade I Arlington Million to highlight Chicago’s premier Thoroughbred racing day, but Arlington guests and simulcast racing fans throughout the world also can wager on a guaranteed $1 million trifecta pool in that race, assuming at least 10 horses go to the post.
Eleven horses were pre-entered for the 2006 Arlington Million on Aug. 5.
A trifecta is a wager in which racing fans must predict the first three finishers in order.
In the Grade I Beverly D., the Arlington Million’s feminine equivalent earlier in the day restricted to members of the distaff set, there is a $400,000 guaranteed turf trifecta pool, assuming at least eight fillies and mares start. As of Aug. 5, 13 fillies and mares were under consideration for the Beverly D.
There is also a $400,000 guaranteed turf trifecta pool offered for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes as the final leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple Aug. 12, but once again a minimum of eight starters must go in the starting gate.
Also, making this year’s International Festival of Racing even more interesting, there will be a $250,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool beginning with the Arlington Million and continuing with three subsequent races later that afternoon.
A Pick 4 is a wager in which racing fans must correctly identify the winners of all four races involved as part of the same ticket.
The Grade I Arlington Million and Grade I Beverly D. Stakes are part of the “Road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships – Powered by Dodge” television series airing on ABC (3:00-5:00 p.m. CT). The Arlington Million is one of the major John Deere Turf Division races for horses being pointed to the $3 million John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf and the Beverly D. Stakes is one of the top Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf Division races for female grass runners being pointed to the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday, November 4. Two of the favorites in the Arlington Million, Cacique and Better Talk Now, are ranked fourth and ninth, respectively, in the latest Turf Division standings of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll. Likely Beverly D. starters -- Honey Ryder, Film Maker, Gorella and Wend – are ranked second, fourth, sixth and ninth, respectively, in the latest Filly & Mare Turf Division standings. (See complete Poll results below from the NTRA website). http://www.breederscup.com/bc_wtc_ranking.aspx
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