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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/13/07)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

CARUSO ATTEMPTS NEW HIGH NOTE; FACES ELDERS FRIDAY IN ZEN STAKES

Asiel Stable’s Caruso, victorious against peers in sophomore state-bred stakes in his last two outings, ascends the scale this week when he faces six older rivals in Friday’s featured $45,000-added Zen Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.

The seven-furlong extended sprint restricted to horses registered, conceived and/or foaled in Illinois will have a gross value of $47,100 if the field remains intact, with a $28,260 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.

Caruso, trained by Richard Hazelton, broke in full stride to lead every step of the way in Hawthorne’s $100,000 Land of Lincoln Stakes in his last start April 28, and used similar tactics when taking that Southside oval’s $45,000 Lost Code Stakes April 7. However, both of those six-furlong tests were restricted to 3-year-olds.

Sure to provide strong competition for Caruso, and the 2-1 choice in Arlington Park’s morning line, is S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s High Expectations, defending champion in the Zen and three and quarter lengths the best in Hawthorne’s $100,000 Chicagoland Handicap on April 28. High Expectations also accounted for last summer’s $85,700 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day at Arlington June 26. In his last trip to the post the Christine Janks trainee ran sixth when facing open company in Arlington Park’s Grade III Hanshin Cup May 26.

Arlington’s defending jockey champion Chris Emigh will make up most of High Expectation’s 124 pounds in the Zen, while Caruso’s regular rider Carlos Silva is named in the irons once again Friday aboard the Asiel homebred who gets in with 120.

Named to oppose those two in the Zen are Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbred IV’s Tally Up, Larry Sterling Jr.; Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Last Gran Standing, Rene Douglas; Doug Matthews’ Cane Garden Boy, Jesse Lantz; Arbaway Farm’s Mighty Rule, Jesse Campbell; and Dana Waier Thoroughbreds LLC’s Guccione, Siggy Golibrzuch.

The last named, an invader from Southern Illinois, is undefeated this season, winning his last three straight at Fairmount Park.

PROMINENT THOROUGHBRED OWNER SIDNEY PORT DIES

Prominent Thoroughbred owner and Chicago native Sidney Port, part owner of two-time Stars and Stripes Turf winner Ballingarry, died Monday in Chicago at the age of 96.

Mr. Port, founder of Des Plaines-based Lawson Products, was a generous philanthropist, successful entrepreneur, avid sportsman and a longtime supporter of Arlington Park.

Born March 11, 1911, at his parent’s Antlers Hotel at 229 North Clark Street in Chicago, Mr. Port earned a law degree at DePaul University during the Great Depression, worked in his father-in-law’s auto parts distribution business, and eventually started his own business repairing machine parts.

In 1970, he took Lawson Products public, and last year it generated $518 million in revenue.

Outside Lawson, Mr. Port became one of the top racehorse owners at Arlington Park. In addition to Ballingarry, an Irish-bred horse that captured back-to-back renewals of Arlington’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Turf in 2003-04, he raced his Sidney L. Port Trust’s Toasted here at Arlington to win the Grade III Arlington Classic in 2004 and finish third in the Grade II American Derby that year. Most recently, Toasted finished second in the $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes May 5 during Arlington Park’s current season.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at North Shore Congregation Israel, 1185 Sheridan Road in Glencoe. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in his honor be made to the charity of the giver’s choice.

JESSE CAMPBELL KNOCKS THREE TIMES IN WINNER’S CIRCLE SUNDAY

Jockey Jesse Campbell visited the Arlington Park winner’s circle three times Sunday to move into a tie for fifth place in the current local rider standings.

Campbell took down winning honors in the opener aboard Harry Levy and Karp Family Living Trust’s Lune Rouge for trainer Joe Kasperski Jr.; came back to the winner’s circle in the seventh astride Tootie’s Gal, owned by Louis Belpedio and Jake Sidoti and trained by Tom Swearingen; and completed the triple in the next race with Sy Sommer and Tom Swearingen Racing Stable’s He’s Hot Sauce.

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