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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/16/06)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

‘PHOENIX’ CATCHES MONDAY FLIGHT – BADEN-BADEN NEXT?

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.”

WILL SECRETARIAT HERO SHOWING UP SHOW UP FOR 2007 MILLION?

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.

ENGLISH CHANNEL TO TRY BELMONT’S JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC

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.

TRACKSIDE ARLINGTON PARK IN MIDST OF UPGRADE

The renovation of Trackside Arlington Park got underway last week on the second floor of the facility. The transformation will continue through the end of the month. In addition to television upgrades, the dining room will receive structural modifications and a complete redecoration. On the second floor, new simulcast centers with plasma TVs will be constructed and new desk carrels installed. Trackside Arlington Park will remain open throughout the renovations with dining room operations being shifted to the banquet/sports bar area. The new-look Trackside is scheduled to return to normal operation the week of Aug. 28. Due to the presently ongoing renovations, there will not be a “Party On The Patio” this Friday, Aug. 18.

UPCOMING WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

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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