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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/28/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, last year’s Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 during training hours at Arlington Park Thursday morning.

“She looked good,” said Illinois state clocker Bobby Belpedio when asked to assess Dreaming of Anna’s move over Arlington’s Polytrack surface. “She did it very easy.”

The Kentucky homebred accomplished her move after splits of :13.80, :25.80, :37.80, and :49, and galloped out three-quarters in 1:13.80 following the five-eighths clocking.

Dreaming of Anna, winner of Arlington’s $47,400 Double Delta Stakes by a length and a quarter over the Chicago oval’s yielding grass course at last asking June 2, cemented her Eclipse Award honors last fall with a length and a half win in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies over Churchill Downs main track Nov. 4.

Plans for Dreaming of Anna’s next trip to the post are indefinite at this time. The daughter of Rahy is out of Calabrese’s stakes-winning broodmare Justenuffheart. Calabrese has become Arlington’s perennial owner champion in recent seasons.


The unstoppable Arlington Park duo of owner Frank Calabrese and trainer Wayne Catalano are both defending champions in their respective divisions and far in front of their nearest rivals again this season, but that pair have increasingly been using jockey E. T. Baird as the third member of their team.

Baird, who has vaulted to third position in the Arlington jockey standings with a host of multiple-win afternoons in recent racing days, has established a better than 50 percent win ratio while racing for the Calabrese-Catalano connection.

When first reaching that one-out-of-two ratio earlier this month, Baird was approached by Arlington television’s winner’s circle reporter Zoe Cadman and asked to explain the team’s amazing recipe for success.

“Frank buys the cars, Wayne tunes ‘em up, and I drive ‘em,” said Baird.

Baird rode a back-to-back riding double Wednesday, winning the fourth with Richard Averill’s R True Lady for trainer Larry Rivelli, and coming right back to the winner’s circle in the fifth with the Calabrese-Catalano combination’s Golden Hair.


Arlington Park’s leading rider Rene Douglas extended his win margin to 21 victories over current runner-up jockey Chris Emigh by scoring first in two photo finish tallies Wednesday.

Finishing second in both races was Emigh, Arlington’s defending jockey champion, who maintains the runner-up spot – six wins to the good of third-place jockey E. T. Baird.

In Arlington’s sixth race Wednesday, Douglas piloted Terry Raymond’s Deadly Drummer, trained by Ronny Werner, to a half-length win over Catesby Clay and Peter Callahan Revocable Trust’s Fanfest, ridden by Emigh and trained by Mike Stidham.

Two races later, Douglas rode Nancy Vanier and G.O.B. Racing Stable’s Ric Rac to a nose victory over S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Lil Minnlet, conditioned by Christine Janks with Emigh astride.


A guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool of $25,000 will be offered at Arlington Park on Friday’s seventh through 10th races.

On Saturday, a guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool of $50,000 will be offered at Arlington on the seventh through 10th races.

Both Friday and Saturday’s Late Pick 4 guaranteed pools are now offered on a weekly basis. The Pick 4 wager requires fans to pick the winners of four straight races on the same ticket, but allows fans the opportunity to win a large amount of money for a very small investment.

The minimum Pick 4 wager is $1.

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