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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/20/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


The first graded stakes race of Arlington Park’s 2007 season – the 55th running of the $100,000 Hanshin Cup – will serve as the highlighted racing event during the Northwest Chicago oval’s upcoming Memorial Day Weekend program.

For 3-year-olds and upward, the Grade III Hanshin Cup will be contested at one mile and serve as an exchange race between Arlington Park and the Japan Racing Association for the 13th consecutive season.

Among the 32 nominations to Saturday’s Hanshin is Stan Fulton’s Buddy Got Even, winner of the $47,550 Timeless Native Stakes here May 5. In that overnight stakes over Arlington’s Polytrack course, carded as a prep for the Hanshin, Buddy Got Even was bumped at the start to quickly drop back but rallied wide through the turn and was able to get up in the last jump for a nose victory. The 5-year-old son of 2000 Grade I Donn Handicap winner Stephen Got Even is trained by Rebecca Maker. On Jan. 27, Buddy Got Even won Turfway’s $50,000 Forego Stakes by three lengths.

Ken Meeker and Carson Springs Farm’s Fifteen Rounds – first under the wire in last year’s Hanshin but subsequently disqualified and placed second – is also among the Hanshin nominees this season. The 7-year-old Fit to Fight gelding finished fourth in the Timeless Native after making a bid in the stretch before weakening late. Trained by Christine Janks, Fifteen Rounds was victorious in last year’s Timeless Native.

Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.’s Gouldings Green, adjudged winner of last year’s Hanshin, is nominated once again to defend that championship. The Tony Reinstedler trainee won the Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship Sept. 9.

Team Block’s Fort Prado, hero of Arlington’s $100,000 Russell L. Reineman Illinois Owners Stakes over the turf at last asking May 5, is an interesting Hanshin nominee. Although the horse is a son of noted grass sire El Prado and a two-time winner of Arlington’s Black Tie Affair Handicap, trainer Chris Block indicated following Fort Prado’s most recent score that he was anxious to try Fort Prado on Polytrack.

Hanshin nominees this year also include Edward Sukley’s Purim, winner of the grassy Grade III Arlington Classic in 2005, Oaklawn’s Grade III Razorback Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the main track in 2006, and beaten less than a length in Keeneland’s Grade II Maker’s Mark on Polytrack in his last trip to the post April 13.

Frank Calabrese’ s Lewis Michael, full brother to Dreaming of Anna, winner of last fall’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, is another who has shown ability on several surfaces. The 4-year-old son of Rahy was most recently second over Polytrack in Keeneland’s Grade II Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup April 14, was also second in last year’s Grade II Peter Pan over the main track at Belmont Park and has won three times on turf.


Arlington Park’s 1996 jockey champion Robby Albarado added to his impressive credentials Saturday with a win in the 2007 Preakness aboard Curlin.

However, two races prior to the Preakness, Albarado was unseated from Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein in the Grade II Dixie Handicap, a significant prep for the 2007 Grade I Arlington Million to be run Aug. 11 for the 25th time.

The Brazilian-bred Einstein is an early nomination to the upcoming Arlington Million and is trained by Helen Pitts – formerly the trainer of Curlin.

Einstein, narrowly the second choice in the Dixie ‘Cap, won Fair Grounds’ Grade II Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap March 10 over the New Orleans turf as well as the Grade I Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Handicap on grass last year.

Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut, winner of the Grade III Arlington Handicap last year and fifth in the 2006 Arlington Million, finished second in Saturday’s Dixie and is another early nomination to this summer’s Arlington Million.


Veteran Arlington Park jockey Eduardo Perez, who had a riding double Friday, made it four wins in two days by making two trips to the winner’s circle on Saturday at the local oval.

Perez won the second half of Saturday’s daily double with Barrett Racing Stable LLC’s Na and Re for trainer Larry Rivelli, and came back with a head tally aboard Bob and Nancy Bartell’s Bluesbdancing in the featured $47,550 Fit For A Queen Stakes for trainer Terrel Gore.

The back-to-back doubles by Perez moved him into fourth in the Arlington Park jockey standings through Saturday.

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