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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/3/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, the nation’s reigning juvenile filly champion, scored her first victory as a sophomore by drawing clear for a length and a quarter score in Saturday’s $47,400 Double Delta Stakes over Arlington Park’s world famous grass course, and she may be staying on that surface for awhile.

“She came back good and everything is good this morning,” said trainer Wayne Catalano when accepting congratulations Sunday during Arlington training hours. “We don’t really have anything definite planned for her just yet. We just wanted to get a win into her and get her to feel her feet winning on the green once again.”

Dreaming of Anna was undefeated in four starts as a 2-year-old, including her maiden win over Arlington Park’s main track and her culminating score over the Churchill Downs dirt course in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. However, her other two wins last year came on grass, first in Colonial Downs’ $60,000 Tippett Stakes and then in Canada over the Woodbine lawn in the Grade III Summer Stakes.

In her first start as a 3-year-old the Calabrese homebred finished third when back on the main track in Gulfstream’s Grade III Old Hat Stakes Feb. 10. The daughter of the good turf sire Rahy returned to run second by a half in the Grade II Gaily Gaily Stakes on Gulfstream’s grass Feb. 25, and then was returned to the main track in Louisville May 4 to finish sixth in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks prior to Saturday’s win.


Wertheimer and Frère’s Quiet Royal, a Todd Pletcher trainee nominated to this summer’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes, came out of her winning effort in Saturday’s $47,400 Reluctant Guest Stakes at Arlington Park in good order, according to Pletcher’s Arlington-based assistant Michael Dilger.

“She came back fine and is doing well this morning,” said Dilger on Sunday. “She ships back to Churchill tomorrow (Monday) but I really don’t know what the future plans are for her.”


One day after being threatened for current leading rider honors during Arlington Park’s 80th anniversary season, jockey Rene Douglas responded with a four-win afternoon during Saturday’s twin-stakes program.

Included in Douglas’ victory quartet was a sweep of Arlington’s two Saturday stakes, first astride Eclipse Award champion Dreaming of Anna in the $47,400 Double Delta Stakes and then aboard Grade I Beverly D. nominee Quiet Royal in the $47,400 Reluctant Guest Stakes.

Dreaming of Anna, heroine of Churchill’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall on her way to divisional honors, is owned by Frank Calabrese, Arlington’s perennial owner champion who currently has more than twice as many wins as his nearest competitor during this summer’s local session, while Quiet Royal races in the silks of Wertheimer and Frère – internationally recognized as both owners and breeders.

Douglas’ initial winning ride Saturday was in the first race of the day aboard WinStar Farm LLC’s Lajita, giving trainer Shannon Ritter her first win of the meeting. The Panamanian jockey completed his afternoon by book-ending the program with a score aboard Larry Bielfeldt’s Leslie K. in the finale for conditioner Dave Kassen.

Douglas is the only jockey in Arlington Park history to win four successive riding titles, accomplished from 2001-2004.

Chris Emigh, Arlington’s defending jockey champion and current runner-up in the 2007 standings, had a riding triple Friday to pull within three wins of Douglas, and remained within five wins by visiting the Chicago oval’s winner’s circle twice on Saturday. His first Saturday score came for trainer Spanky Broussard astride Renee and Paul Kessel’s Catmando in the fifth and was completed by Seamus Haran’s My Calabrese in the eighth for trainer Frank Kirby.

Douglas, 40, is named to ride eight on Sunday’s 10-race program, and is aboard the morning line choice in three of those races, while Emigh, 36, is listed to ride seven and is also astride three morning line favorites.


Funeral arrangements for longtime Arlington Park trainer Charles Vinci, who died Thursday night at his Chicagoland home, have been announced.

Services are scheduled for Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Modell Funeral Home, 7710 South Cass Ave in Darien, with a Mass scheduled for 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church. Entombment will follow at Queen of Heaven Christ the King Garden Mausoleum.

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