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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/16/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon’s Pretty Jenny, a multiple stakes winner at Arlington Park in recent seasons, looms a strong choice to increase her totals in added money competition when she faces five rivals in Sunday’s $46,800 Your Ladyship Stakes at Chicago’s Northwest oval.

The seven-furlong Sunday featured event is restricted to fillies and mares registered, conceived and/or foaled in Illinois, and if the field remains intact, the owners of the winner will receive a $28,080 share of the purse.

Pretty Jenny, a 5-year-old mare, has won more than half of her career starts and comes into the Your Ladyship off a strong runner-up finish in Arlington’s $47,550 Fit for A Queen Stakes May 19 – a race she won last season.

Defeating Pretty Jenny in this year’s Fit for a Queen was arch rival Bluesbdancing, owned by Bob and Nancy Bartels, who was entered in Saturday’s Grade III Chicago Handicap.

Trained by Christine Janks, Pretty Jenny also captured Arlington’s $41,875 Safely Kept Stakes last Sept. 4, defeating Bluesbdancing, after losing to that rival by a neck in last summer’s $82,050 Isaac Murphy Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day June 24.

Arlington’s defending jockey champion Chris Emigh is named to ride Pretty Jenny Sunday, making up most of the 121 pound she will carry.

Also with that impost is Markpoint Stable’s Dyna Slam, the likely second choice in the Your Ladyship wagering. That 4-year-old filly by Grand Slam, who will be ridden by James Graham, was most recently second by a head in Hawthorne’s $100,000 Peach Of It Handicap April 28 despite racing five wide, was the heroine of the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks last Sept. 9 and third in Hawthorne’s $100,000 Illinois Princess Handicap Nov. 11.

Named to oppose the top two in Sunday’s Your Ladyship are Robert Bockel and Dwight Espenschied’s Denoun N Deverb, 118, with Gary Kurek named to handle the reins; Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss, 120, Carlos Silva assigned the saddle; Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Storm Rolling In, 118, Jesse Campbell in the tack; and William Stiritz’ Gita, 118, Israel Ocampo listed in the irons.

Of these, Denoun N Deverb cannot be discounted. The Southern Illinois-based mare made the pace in last summer’s Isaac Murphy before finishing third beaten a length for the win by Bluesbdancing and Pretty Jenny.


Nine out of Arlington Park’s 10 races Friday afternoon were won by three jockeys – perhaps not so coincidentally the three leading riders in the current Arlington standings.

Rene Douglas, the only rider in the history of Arlington Park with four consecutive local riding titles and current leading jockey, won Arlington’s second race Friday with Anne Preshlock and Austin Smith’s Leaping Lily, conditioned by Smith; the fifth with Owen Hulse’s Upright, trained by Hugh Robertson; and the eighth with Fantasy Farms LLC’s La Cocasse, conditioned by defending Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher.

Chris Emigh, Arlington’s defending jockey champion and currently second in the standings, won Friday’s opener aboard Quarter B. Farm’s Classic Choice for trainer Mike Stidham, the fourth with Scaminaci Racing Stables’ Wild Heart Song for conditioner Christine Janks, and then gave Janks a training double by riding S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s High Expectations to victory in Friday’s $46,950 Zen Stakes.

Jockey Jesse Campbell, the Lake Zurich-raised reinsman who has become one of Arlington’s best in recent years and is now third in the current standings, won Friday’s third race on Rose Hill Farm’s Starry Pursuit for conditioner Ronny Werner, took the seventh aboard Gary Tussey’s Hit the Trigger for trainer Tom Dorris, and the ninth aboard Overbrook Farm’s Great Discovery for conditioner Dallas Stewart.

None of those three leading riders rode in the 10th race Friday, which was won by Rafael Mojica Jr. astride Dee Poulos-trained My Calico, owned by Homer Schafer, Ervin and Barbara Frejlach and Timothy Pittman.


Arlington Park morning line maker and devout Chicago Cubs fan Joe Kristufek pointed out Friday that Anne Preshlock and Austin Smith’s Leaping Lily won Friday’s second race at Arlington Park at about the same time that Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly earned the victory for the Cubs against the San Diego Padres Friday at Wrigley Field.

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