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Arlington Park Barn Notes (4/26/07)

Contact: David Zenner
Dzenner@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

JANKS HISTORY MAKER AS MODJADJI IS FIRST WORKER ON POLYTRACK

Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and Estate of William Lydon’s Modjadji will enter the record books as the first horse to record an official, timed workout over Arlington Park’s new $11 million Polytrack surface when the Illinois-bred daughter of Pioneering breezed five furlongs in 1:00 early Thursday morning.

The stakes-winning 5-year-old mare was one of five horses to record a timed workout over the all-weather surface which was listed as “fast” despite a constant rain on the unseasonably cool April morning, again demonstrating the drainage quality of the state-of-the-art synthetic track.

JOCKEYS MEIER, CAMPBELL GIVE NEW SURFACE HIGH MARKS

Veteran local jockeys Randall Meier and Jesse Campbell were aboard several horses during training hours Thursday morning and each of the reinsmen gave the new surface high marks.

“It felt pretty good out there despite all the rain we had,” said Meier, who worked Dynareign six furlongs in 1:13.40. “The track was excellent. In the past, the workout would have been canceled (because of a sloppy track). The horse handled it like it was a fast track. It looks fast. It felt great. The trainer (John Good) wanted me to go in 13 and 2 and I went in 13 and 2, so the timing was there. The horse switched leads good and there was no splashing. You don’t even hear them go over it.”

Dynareign was one of three horses trained by John Good to receive a timed workout Thursday morning. The other two (Dana’s Belle – 3f – 37.40 seconds and Eighteenthofmarch – 6f – 1:14) were ridden by jockey Jose Ferrer.

The only other horse to receive a timed workout on Thursday was the Ralph Nicks-trained Fort Apache Star, who drilled a half-mile in 48.60 seconds under Campbell.

“It feels exactly like the track at Keeneland,” said Campbell, who has ridden at the Kentucky track that installed the Polytrack surface last year. “It was everything I was hoping for. It was a mirror image of the Keeneland track, which is a good thing. I galloped a handful of horses over the track this morning and they all got over it real well. Some of the gallop boys who had never been on it before were all smiles.

“It poured all night last night,” he added. “Before I would have to call my agent in the morning to see if the work was on, but I didn’t have to make that call this morning because I knew I would have to come in.”

ARLINGTON CLASSIC WINNER TOASTED TO RETURN FOR REINEMAN STAKES

Sidney L. Port’s Toasted, winner of the 2004 Grade III Arlington Classic, is one of 14 Illinois-owned horses nominated to the $100,000 Russell L. Reineman Illinois Owners Stakes, the on-track feature on the Saturday, May 5 card which will also include the simulcast of the Grade I Kentucky Derby, presented by Yum! Brands.

The 6-year-old son of Hennessey was trained by Laura de Seroux when he won the ’04 Classic but will run in the Reineman in the name of Jeff Ford, who took over much of de Seroux’s stable when she retired from training earlier this year.

Toasted will remain in Chicago following his expected engagement in the Reineman and will be transferred to trainer Mickey Goldfine, who handles owner Port’s local operation.

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