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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/1/07)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

ARLINGTON PARK SHOWCASES ECLIPSE WINNER ‘ANNA’ SATURDAY

Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna, Frank Calabrese’s homebred filly who sealed her division’s honors last season with a tally in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 4 in Louisville, returns to her hometown race course as the strong choice in Saturday’s $48,000 Double Delta Stakes at Arlington Park.

The daughter of Rahy out of Calabrese’s good race mare Justenuffheart made the pace in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in her most recent start May 4 before tiring in the stretch to finish sixth. However, previously she was a close second by a half-length in Gulfstream’s grassy $100,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes, and she returns to the turf for Saturday’s one-mile test restricted to 3-year-old fillies.

Conditioned by defending Arlington trainer champion Wayne Catalano, Dreaming of Anna broke her maiden at Arlington just over a year ago on the main track, journeyed to Virginia for a second score in Colonial’s $60,000 Tippett Stakes July 29, added a third win in Canada over Woodbine’s lawn Sept. 17 in the Grade III Summer Stakes and made it four straight with her win in the Breeders’ Cup.

Named in honor of her owner-breeder’s late sister, Dreaming of Anna will have regular rider Rene Douglas in the irons Saturday.

Facing the Kentucky-bred chestnut are Stonestreet Stable LLC’s Forest Fortune, Jesse Campbell; Polyhorse Partnership LLC’s Top Royelle, Larry Sterling, Jr.; Richard Shultz’ Lemonlime, Eddie Razo; Vinery Stables’ Nice Inheritance, James Graham; and William Stiritz’ Devil House, Israel Ocampo.

Also, My Jo Lee Stable II’s Quiet Kingdom, Jose Ferrer; Team Block’s Secret Kin, Eduardo Perez; Eight Balls of Racing’s Mongoose Gold, Uriel Lopez; and Glen Hill Farm’s Trainee, Chris Emigh up.

‘DANCER’ TAPPED AS CHOICE OVER SATURDAY’S ‘RELUCTANT’ RIVALS

S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer, hometown heroine of last year’s Grade III Modesty Handicap in the final local prep for Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes, may rule a slight choice in the wagering in Saturday’s $47,700 Reluctant Guest Stakes.

However, sure to receive strong public support in the Reluctant Guest is Wertheimer and Frère’s Quiet Royal, a veteran of group/graded stakes competition on two continents who hails from the barn of Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher.

Six other older fillies and mares have been named to complete the field for the one-mile run over Arlington’s turf course.

Following her Modesty win, Chic Dancer trained forwardly up to the Beverly D., one of three Grade I races during Arlington’s International Festival of Racing, but was withdrawn on the morning of the race after coughing in the barn during training hours. The homebred daughter of Joyeux Danseur had won last season’s $42,375 Reluctant Guest a little more than a year ago and returned to competition in time to take down winning honors in Arlington’s $42,375 Flawlessly Stakes Sept. 10. In her seasonal bow May 18 Chic Dancer finished second in allowance company at Arlington.

Quiet Royal, although Kentucky-bred, began her career in France, won the Group III Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte in November of 2005 and was fifth in Deauville’s Group I Maurice de Gheest last Aug. 6. The daughter of 1990 Breeders’ Cup Mile champion Royal Academy came to America in time to finish third beaten a length and a half in Keeneland’s Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Oct. 14 before finishing unplaced in Churchill’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf Nov. 4. In her last trip to the post April 19 she was third in allowance company at Keeneland.

Chic Dancer will be ridden by Arlington’s defending jockey champion Chris Emigh, while Quiet Royal has four-time Arlington champ Rene Douglas named to handle the reins.

Opposing the top two are Montesano Racing LLC’s coupling of Ituna, Earlie Fires up, and Starlet Sky, Shane Laviolette aboard; Diamond A Racing Corporation’s Indy Miss, E. T. Baird; George Pruette’s Black Java, Eddie Razo; Debra O’Connor and Berkley Chesen’s Gottah Penny, Jesse Campbell; Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farms’ Ms. Lydonia, James Graham; and Marc Goldish and Savoy Stable’s Honour Colony, Eduardo Perez.

ARLINGTON PARK’S GUARANTEED $50,000 PICK 6 POOL RETURNS SATURDAY

A guaranteed $50,000 Pick 6 pool will be available once again Saturday at Arlington Park, giving guests another opportunity to cash a very large payoff from a small investment.

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