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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/26/07)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

BULLARA LOOKS STRONG IN MEMORIAL DAY MID-AMERICA TRIPLE PREP

Starlight Stable LLC, Barbara Kurtin and Donald Lucarelli’s Bullara looms a strong choice when he faces 11 sophomore rivals in Monday’s $48,700 Awad Stakes at one mile over Arlington Park’s world famous turf course.

The grass test serves as Arlington’s traditional prep for 3-year-olds of Mid-America Triple potential and is the featured event on Memorial Day – one of only two Monday racing programs offered at Arlington Park this season. Assuming the full field remains intact, the Awad winner will earn $29,160.

Bullara, by 1995 Horse of the Year Holy Bull, is conditioned by Todd Pletcher, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer of the last three seasons who currently ranks second in the Arlington Park trainer standings. Unstarted as a juvenile, Bullara won his first two starts this winter at Gulfstream and then tried Polytrack unsuccessfully in Turfway’s Grade II Lane’s End Stakes March 14.

Out of a mare by noted turf sire Kris S., Bullara returned to the grass to finish second beaten less than a length in Keeneland’s $100,000 Forerunner Stakes April 19. The chestnut breezed five furlongs May 21 at Churchill and is due to arrive in Chicago this weekend from his Kentucky headquarters. Four-time Arlington jockey champion Rene Douglas is named to ride.

Capable of providing strong competition for Bullara is Donie Burke’s Eighteenthofmarch, who found the local lawn to his liking in his most recent trip to the post on Arlington’s opening day program May 4. Trained by John Good, the Wild Event gelding came from far back in an optional claiming test under jockey James Graham and was up to be best by a neck. Graham returns in the irons.

Opposing those two in the Mid-America Triple prep are J B Stables Inc.’s Smart Cart, Carlos Silva; Richard Glantz’ Pirate Saint, Jose Ferrer; George Smith and John Royer’s Tom Archdeacon, Larry Sterling Jr.; and Michael Lewis’ Tactical Joe, Jesse Campbell.

Also, Barry Butzow’s Lovango, Jesse Lantz; Penelope and Frank St. Charles’ Awesome Hero, E. T. Baird; Equirace.Com LLC’s Slam My Heart, Rafael Mojica Jr.; Stonerside Stable LLC’s Speedway, Chris Emigh; John Loven and James Carfagno’s Chief Thief, Eduardo Perez; and William Stiritz’ Navy Wings, Israel Ocampo.

This summer’s Mid-America Triple begins with the Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve June 23, continues with the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s July 21, and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Aug. 11.

RIDERS NAMED TO MONDAY’S JOCKEY CHALLENGE WAGER AT ARLINGTON

Participating jockeys have been announced for Monday’s Jockey Challenge Wager – Arlington Park’s newest innovative bet that will be introduced during Arlington’s Memorial Day racing program.

Among the seven Arlington Park jockeys named to the field are Rene Douglas, the only jockey in Arlington history to win four straight local riding titles, listed at 5-1 in the morning line, and Chris Emigh, defending jockey champion from last season at Arlington, slated as 7-2 second choice in the morning line.

Favored over those two in the Jockey Challenge Water is red-hot reinsman James Graham at 3-1. The Irish-born Graham made headlines Thursday at Arlington by riding six winners on a single program.

Completing the field of designated riders is Eduardo Perez (6-1), Israel Ocampo (6-1), Jose Ferrer (6-1), and Jesse Lantz (12-1), while also listed at 6-1 in the morning line is the category of “All other jockeys.”

All the designated jockeys in the $2 wager have at least four mounts in the specified fourth through ninth races Monday.

RAZO REGISTERS WIN 2,500 FRIDAY; THEN ADDS TWO MORE SAME DAY

Veteran Arlington Park jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. scored the 2,500th win of his riding career in Friday’s first race astride Kalarikkai and Vilasini Jayaraman’s Pocket Rider, and then visited the winner’s circle twice more during the afternoon to register a riding triple and move into a tie for fourth in the current Arlington jockey standings.

Razo’s other wins came aboard Team Block’s Rally Catcher in the fifth race and Al Larsen and Dan Passaglia’s Secret Woods in the seventh. The Mexican-born reinsman’s first and last wins of the day gave conditioner Chris Richard a training double for the afternoon.

MICHELE BOYCE SADDLES TWO WINNERS THURSDAY

Arlington Park trainer Michele Boyce saddled a pair of winners on Thursday’s program, winning the opener with Barr Three LLC’s Mighty Hercules and then returning to the winner’s circle in the fifth with Mary Abbott Hess and Cherrywood Racing Stable II’s Mary Abbott.

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