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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/2/07)
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In today's notes:
Four stakes winners are among the seven 3-year-olds added to the list of Arlington Classic nominations released this week.
The Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve, will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth over Arlington Park’s turf course on June 23 as the first leg of the 2007 Mid-America Triple. The series restricted to grass-favoring sophomores will continue with the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s at a mile and three-sixteenths July 21, and conclude with the Grade I Secretariat at a mile and a quarter Aug. 11.
There were 239 original nominations to this year’s Mid-America Triple prior to the seven Arlington Classic late nominations added this week.
Heading the stakes winners on the late nominations list is James Barry’s Divine Park, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin. Divine Park, a son of 2000 Arlington Million winner Chester House, won Aqueduct’s Grade III Withers in his last start April 28.
Richard Colton Jr.’s Jazz Quest, winner of Fair Grounds’ $100,000 Grindstone Stakes March 24 and third by a length in Churchill’s Grade III Crown Royal American Turf on Kentucky Oaks Day May 4 is a late Arlington Classic nominee trained by Tom Amoss.
A third stakes winner added to the Arlington Classic nominations is Cathy and Bob Zollars’ Beta Capo, trained by Steve Asmussen, who won Lone Star’s $60,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge April 28 and finished third in the $100,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes May 28 over that same Texas lawn.
The fourth stakes winner made eligible to the Classic this week is Richard Glantz’ Pirate Saint, trained by Jimmy DiVito, second by three-quarters when making his turf debut in Arlington’s $48,450 Awad Stakes May 28 but an upset ($43.60) length and a half-winner over Arlington’s Polytrack on opening day May 4 in the $47,100 Shecky Greene.
Completing the late Classic nominations list is Richard Gaicopelli and Fab Oak Stable’s Quasicobra, trained by Patrick Biancone and a victor by a nose over the Louisville lawn June 1; Angela Gates and Frank Scardino’s Vaunt, a British-bred two-time winner on his native soil now based in Southern California and conditioned by Dan Hendricks; and Jeffrey and Joanne Richards’ Riverside Rascal, trained by Paul Lewellyn. Riverside Rascal, a ridgling son of Skip Away, broke his maiden over Hawthorne’s main track March 26.
Longtime Arlington Park trainer Jimmy DiVito serves as the trainer for the locally-based Pirate Saint, owned by longtime Barrington resident Richard Glantz, a retired executive with Quaker Oats.
“He’s turned out to be a very nice horse,” said DiVito of Pirate Saint, “and I think the Arlington Classic looks like a good next logical spot for him.”
In one of the shortest time frames in history – based on number of seasons at the local oval – jockey Rene Douglas moved into sole possession of ninth place among Arlington Park’s all-time leading riders in Friday’s first race.
Douglas’ latest ascent in the local standings occurred when the 40-year-old Panamian reinsman came from off the pace along the rail to score a three quarter-length tally aboard Circle C Group Stables’ Green Door in Friday’s opener, giving Douglas his 630th career win at Arlington and his 32nd of the current session.
Fittingly, Douglas’ victory came on the eve of the 139th running of the Belmont Stakes, a Triple Crown classic that Douglas won in 1996 aboard Editor’s Note.
Green Door, trained by Rebecca Maker, is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Danzig out of a Foolish Pleasure mare registering her first career win in her fourth lifetime start and third straight appearance at Chicago’s Northwest oval. What was behind Green Door’s first win?
“She lost all chance when she got stopped at the quarter-pole in her last start,” said Maker following the winner’s circle presentation. “She ran well enough to win last time.”
Green Door returned a win mutuel of $12.20.
Douglas is the only jockey in Arlington Park history to win four straight riding titles, accomplishing the feat from 2001-2004, and led the 2007 standings - seven wins in front of last summer’s defending riding champion Chris Emigh – at the conclusion of Friday’s program.
Emigh, with a riding double of his own Friday, kept Douglas within his sights by riding two upset winners. With Emigh in the irons, Elkhorn Oaks Racing LLC’s Salty Talker paid $29.80 in the third and S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Yanquee Reign returned $49.20 in Friday’s sixth race.
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