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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/11/06)
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Both colts that finished as dead-heat winners of Sunday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Futurity came out of the race in good order and have returned to their Churchill Downs home quarters.
Also, the two fillies that finished a nose apart when first and second in Sunday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Lassie were in fine fettle Monday morning in the Arlington Park barn area.
Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.’s Officer Rocket, who shared the win in the Futurity, “came back well” and was already back at the Twin Spires oval Monday morning, according to trainer Bob Holthus. Zayat Stables LLC’s Got the Last Laugh, who finished on even terms with Officer Rocket, “seemed just fine,” according to Keith Allen, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s traveling assistant, as both horse and assistant were traveling back to Louisville together – due in early Monday afternoon.
Larry Bielfeldt’s Lisa M, victress by a nose in the Lassie, was “doing very good” Monday, according to Chicago-based trainer Dave Kassen, while conditioner Mike Stidham reported that Oak Crest Farm LLC’s Lassie runner-up Sutra, “came out in good shape” after “running a great race.”
The next start for this summer’s Grade I Arlington Million winner The Tin Man has not yet been finalized, according to Ralph Todd, who co-owns the 8-year-old gelding along with his wife Aury.
“I haven’t yet had a conversation with Dick (The Tin Man’s Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella) to talk about that,” said Todd, speaking from his Southern California home Sunday. “Anyway, like I always tell Dick on matters like that: ‘You’re the doctor.’
“I can tell you that he’s back at Santa Anita now and doing just great,” said Todd. “In fact, even after he got back to Del Mar shortly after the Million, he looked just like new money.”
Juddmonte Farms Inc.’s Cacique, runner-up in Arlington’s showcase event Aug. 12, made his return to competition successful by winning last Saturday’s Grade I Man o’ War at Belmont Park, while Lael Stables’ Showing Up, hero of Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat on Arlington Million Day, finished third to Cacique Saturday in his first start against older horses.
Congratulations are in order for trainer Christine Janks, who saddled S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer to win Sunday’s $42,375 Flawlessly Stakes for her 11th stakes winner from 27 starters in 22 stakes at the meeting.
However, in addition to her 50 percent win ratio in stakes competition in 2006 at Arlington, and her assured finish in the top five in this summer’s overall trainer standings, Janks deserves kudos for several worthy proposals to enhance the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
One among those – a proposal that Thoroughbred industry leaders make more show horse classes more available to retired Thoroughbreds so they could be recycled after their racing days.
Another – to make the adoption of former racehorses more fashionable as recycled pets, much the way dog and cat “shelter rescues” have become increasingly popular in recent years among those intent on “keeping up with the Joneses.”
Still another – increased stakes purses for older horses to keep their racing careers active, as opposed to the present system where 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds get the most purse money in this country’s major stakes.
With Janks, the welfare of all animals has always been a priority, and when her Thoroughbreds do well, she has always given them the credit for her success.
Veteran Arlington reinsman Eddie Razo, assured of third-place in this summer’s final local standings, rode three winners Sunday, taking the third race with Stable H.M.A.’s Cordy for trainer Manuel Uriza, the fifth aboard Jim Tafel LLC’s Coragil Cat for conditioner Greg Geier, and then coming right back to the winner’s circle in the sixth astride Virginia H. Tarra Trust’s Oak Forest for trainer Chris Block.
Thoroughbred racing fans are reminded that a rare Tuesday racing program will be run Sept. 12 as the closing day of Arlington Park’s 2006 season.
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