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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/16/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Winterbeck Manor Stud’s Phoenix Reach, unplaced in Arlington Million XXIV after being away from competition more than a year, left Arlington Park shortly before noon on Monday to catch an equine charter back to Great Britain later that afternoon.
“He came out of the race in good order,” said head traveling lad Chad Phillips shortly before loading the horse on the van to O’Hare International Airport. “In fact, he’s a little too fresh. He might have been a little bit of a monkey out there Saturday. I think he felt so good that he was back in a race that he just enjoyed himself and didn’t concentrate on what he was supposed to do. He wasn’t even a little bit tired when he got back to the barn.
“I think we may put the blinkers on him now, and try for that race at Baden-Baden (Group I Grosser Preis von Baden),” said Phillips. “There’s also a Group III at Newbury (Arc Trial Sept. 16) that’s a possibility under consideration. But the horse is doing fine.
“We really enjoyed coming here for the Million, and would love to try again,” said Phillips. “We’ve already joked about making our reservations for next year.”
One to consider as a long-range prospect for Arlington Million XXV in the summer of 2007 is Lael Stables’ Showing Up – no disappointment as the odds-on victor in last weekend’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes.
The Secretariat has been a precursor of future Arlington Millions since in the early ‘90s when Masayuki Nishiyama’s Paradise Creek, runner-up in the 1992 Secretariat, came back to win the 1994 Arlington Million. Ryehill Farm’s Awad won the Secretariat in 1993 and the Million in 1995.
The late James Lewis Jr.’s Mecke was second in the 1995 Secretariat and won the 1996 Arlington Million. Michael Tabor’s Marlin won the 1996 Secretariat and then came back to capture the 1997 Million.
Since then, Brushwood Stable’s Kicken Kris won the 2003 Secretariat and came back in 2004 to be awarded the victory in the Arlington Million, and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Joy won the 2004 Secretariat and was the runner-up in last year’s Million.
James Scatuorchio’s English Channel, second in last summer’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes and fourth in last weekend’s Grade I Arlington Million as the choice of the fans, will make his next start in the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park Oct. 7, according to trainer Todd Pletcher.
The upcoming weekend activities begin this Friday with “Miller Lite Party in The Park” – featuring rock ‘n’ roll music by “Chicago Driveshaft.” First race and first song begin at 3 p.m.
On Saturday at the Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ, when the first race and first song return to 1 p.m., “The Fairlanes” will perform the best rock hits from the ‘50s through the ‘80s, with grilled Italian sausage as the food special in the Park Area.
On Sunday, “Pepsi Family Day,” presented by the Daily Herald, will feature an ArtWorks Children’s Museum show called “Picture This.” The interactive show will bring out the artist in everyone. Showtimes are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
The Junior Jockey Club members will meet in the Paddock Area at 11:45 a.m. to watch a Thoroughbred receive a massage from noted equine masseuse Nancy Knott.
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