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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/2/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Bluesbdancing and Pretty Jenny, a neck apart in that order when last matched in the $82,050 Isaac Murphy Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day June 24, are set to meet again when they face seven other fillies and mares in the $42,250 Safely Kept Stakes as Arlington’s feature attraction on Labor Day.

Bluesbdancing, owned by Bob and Nancy Bartels, made a late run to best Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon’s Pretty Jenny in the Isaac Murphy after being forced to steady turning for home, had beaten Pretty Jenny by a length in Hawthorne’s $94,000 Governor’s Lady in their previous meeting April 29, and also in their match before that March 18 on the South side. All three of those races were at six furlongs – as is Monday’s highlight on the third of four Monday race days at Arlington this summer.

However, Bluesbdancing has not started since Prairie State Festival Day, while Pretty Jenny, heroine of Arlington’s $41,750 Fit For a Queen on May 20 here, has made two starts this summer over the grass course, finishing fifth in a five-furlong sprint and fourth when going two turns at a mile over the local lawn.

Regular rider Eddie Razo gets the mount once again on the Terrell Gore-trained Bluesbdancing, while Arlington’s current leading jockey Chris Emigh will be up on Pretty Jenny, conditioned by the current Arlington session’s leading stakes trainer Christine Janks.

Facing those two rivals in Monday’s Safely Kept are Hugh Robertson and Homewrecker Racing LLC’s Dimple Pinch, Francisco Torres aboard; Iron County Farms Inc.’s Asyouwish, Randy Meier; Iron Horse Racing LLC’s Tax Refund, Rene Douglas; Darrell and Evelyn Yates Ltd.’s Trippi Street, Robby Albarado; 2 Blondes Inc.’s Guiding Star, Jose Ferrer; Nancy and Richard Kaster’s Lady Dynasty, E. T. Baird; and Naveed Chowhan’s Red Cherries Spin, Larry Sterling Jr.

Five of those seven other members of the distaff set are coming off victories, including Trippi Street, who was second in Churchill’s Grade III Pocahontas last fall and Tax Refund, who was beaten less than two in the $61,000 Lazer Show Handicap at the Twin Spires oval on July 4.


Joyce Nicklaus, the first friendly face to greet visitors to Arlington’s administrative offices in her capacity as Arlington’s revered receptionist for the last six years, celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary Friday along with husband Roger, also appreciated in Arlington’s public eye as a wagering host for the last two seasons.

Members of the Nicklaus family – as well as fellow Arlington employees – saluted the golden anniversary couple in a surprise party winner’s circle presentation complete with cake during Friday’s twilight program. Shortly after that, the Nicklaus entourage adjourned to Arlington’s employee lounge to share in their cake-cutting ceremony.

Roger, born in Wisconsin, and Joyce, born in Michigan, are longtime residents of Chicagoland, where they first met when Joyce was a student at Northwestern University.


Four-time Arlington jockey champion Rene Douglas, two-time champ Mark Guidry, and 1996 leading Arlington rider Robby Albarado all visited the winner’s circle twice on Friday’s twilight racing program.

Douglas won the sixth race on Frank Calabrese’s Cat and a Half and came right back to the winner’s circle in the seventh on Brenda and Philip Robertson’s Reigning Court.

Guidry won both halves of Friday’s Daily Double, taking the opener on James and Vincent Slager’s Shot the Deputy and the second aboard Israel Flores’ New Comer.

Albarado captured the fourth aboard Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Get Ready Bertie and came back in the eighth on Emmy Lynch’s Chosen Chief.


Thoroughbred owner Jim Bonebrake of BBK Sports in St. Charles, Illinois, will coordinate the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association’s sponsorship of Sunday’s second race at Arlington Park.

Bonebrake, who races Thoroughbreds in partnership with Arlington trainer Jim Gulick and others, will also be on hand to watch two of his horses run Sunday afternoon, “bookending” the program with Eight Balls of Racing’s Mongoose Gold in the opener and Open Outcry Bloodstock LLC’s Bumpingrindstone in the finale.

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