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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/6/07)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

JENNIE R. IN MONDAY BREEZE FOR SATURDAY’S BEVERLY D.

Kentucky-bred Jennie R., the locally based mare owned by Michael and Elaine Bojarski, Sam Belpedio, William Lloyd and Cherrywood Racing II, breezed five furlongs in :59 Monday morning at Arlington Park shortly before 6 a.m. in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes.

The 6-year-old daughter of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again accomplished the five-eighths in splits of :23.60, :35 and :47 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 with exercise rider Will Dunn in the saddle.

“She was a little bit headstrong,” said trainer Michele Boyce later Monday morning. “She did drift out a little during the move – she was a little bit more on the muscle than I would have liked – but she knows what she wants to do and I’ve learned over the years it’s best to just let her do what she wants.”

Jennie R., a veteran of 26 lifetime starts, has blossomed suddenly this summer at Arlington. She won her first local start of the season by four lengths June 3, came back to take the $48,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes by a length and a quarter June 23, and was a contentious runner-up in the Grade III Modesty Handicap after making the pace most of the way.

“Jennie R. is named for my partner Nate Ruffolo’s late mother,” the trainer said. “He always makes a trip to the cemetery the day before she runs.”

Saturday’s $750,000 Beverly D. is the sister race to Saturday’s silver anniversary edition of the Grade I Arlington Million – centerpiece event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.

DRYSDALE DELETES ROB ROY FROM ARLINGTON MILLION

Philip Newton’s Rob Roy, third in the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap at last asking, has been withdrawn from consideration for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million.

“We discovered that he had a bruised foot,” said Rob Roy’s Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale. “We had no choice but to withdraw him from the race.”

When last represented in the Arlington Million in 2005, the Drysdale-trained Fourty Niners Son, owned by Tom Baxter, finished third behind Mrs. John Magnier’s Powerscourt. Two years earlier, the British-born Drysdale saddled Shiekh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Storming Home to be first under the wire, but that horse was subsequently disqualified and placed fourth.

AXXOS OUT OF SATURDAY’S SECRETARIAT STAKES

German-bred Axxos, owned by Manfred Ostermann’s Gestut Ittlingen, will not make his scheduled Atlantic crossing for Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes following an 11th hour decision by the owner.

Axxos, runner-up in Longchamp’s Group I Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris July 14, is trained by Peter Schiergen, who saddled Gestut Park Wiedingen’s Soldier Hollow to finish third in last year’s Arlington Million.

MURTAGH NEW JOCKEY FOR SOUTH AFRICAN MARE IRRIDESCENCE

Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh has now been named as the rider for the South African-bred mare Irridescence in Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes.

The 37-year-old resident of County Kildare won the 1996 Beverly D. astride Timarida, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan.

Irridescence was most recently runner-up in the Group I Falmouth Stakes July 11 at Newmarket and had finished third in the Grade II Jebel Hatta at Nad Al Sheba March 1 before disappointing in the Grade I Dubai Duty Free March 31.

The 6-year-old mare arrived in the United States on a KLM equine charter last Friday, and was on the track Monday morning at Arlington to gallop once around the oval.

SECRETARIAT’S MOSTACOLLI MORT GETS ESPINOZA AS JOCKEY

Everest Stables Inc.’s Mostacolli Mort, coming off a winning effort in his last start July 1 at Hollywood Park, will have jockey Victor Espinoza in the irons for Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes.

Espinoza won last year’s Arlington Million astride Ralph and Aury Todd’s The Tin Man and will be in the irons once again aboard that 9-year-old as they try to defend their championship in the silver anniversary edition of Chicago’s showcase race.

MEIER WINS SUNDAY – NOW NINE AWAY FROM 4,000-WIN MILESTONE

Veteran Illinois reinsman Randy Meier guided T. C. Stable LLC’s Big Lou to the winner’s circle following Sunday’s sixth race at Arlington for his 3,991st career win as a jockey.

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