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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/8/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Pam and Martin Wygod’s After Market, 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s silver anniversary edition of the Grade I Arlington Million, got his first look at Arlington Park Wednesday morning during training hours.
The 4-year-old son of Storm Cat appeared on the course shortly before 8 a.m., backed up to the eighth pole, and then galloped once around the oval while accompanied by a pony.
As the impressive winner of Del Mar’s Grade I Eddie Read Handicap July 22, After Market will be running in the Million on three weeks rest, a fact that appeared to be of some concern to trainer John Shirreffs when interviewed Tuesday on an NTRA Communications National Media Teleconference.
“My only concern is the short time between the races,” said Shirreffs, “but the horse is doing very well right now and the Arlington Million is such a prestigious race – we just don’t want to miss our chance in it.”
Two contentious European invaders for Saturday’s Arlington Million XXV had their second look at the local grounds Wednesday morning during training hours.
Javier Martinez Salmean’s French-bred Doctor Dino, third in Singapore’s Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup in his last start May 20, and His Highness the Aga Khan Studs Ltd.’s Irish-bred Danak, fourth in Ireland’s Group I Tattersalls Gold Cup at last asking May 27, galloped briefly shortly after 6:30 a.m.
Doctor Dino had exercise rider Eric Gandon aboard, and Danak had assistant trainer Jimmy O’Neill in the irons.
Irish-bred Pressing, owned by Gary Tanaka and one of three European invaders for Saturday’s Arlington Million, had veteran jockey David Flores named as his rider for the 25th running of Arlington Park’s signature Grade I event.
Flores was the jockey aboard Godolphin Racing Inc.’s Sulamani when that horse was the declared winner of Arlington Million XXI.
South African-bred Irridescence, lone European invader for Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes, breezed four furlongs in :53.40 over Arlington Park’s soft turf course Wednesday morning, with the "dogs" well out from the rail.
Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh is named as the rider for Irridescence in the Beverly D. – sister race to Saturday’s Arlington Million – but Trevor Brown, assistant to world-renowned South African trainer Michael de Kock, was aboard for Wednesday’s breeze.
“In training she’s a pleasure,” said de Kock, who supervised the move from the Arlington Park apron, “it’s in the post parade on race-day that she has her problems.”
Shadwell Stable’s Lahudood, a British-bred filly who won her last start by three and a quarter lengths over a firm inner turf course at Belmont Park July 15, will be ridden by jockey Robby Albarado in Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park.
Albarado, Arlington’s jockey champion in 1996, is in the midst of the best season of his career – having won Pimlico’s Grade I Preakness Stakes aboard Curlin and Churchill’s Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap on Flashy Bull.
Equirace.com LLC’s Love Dubai was named as a surprise starter in Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes at entry time Wednesday morning, expanding the field for the final leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple to nine.
Love Dubai, a winner of three races in a row in Great Britain before coming to the United States, and fifth in Virginia’s Grade III Colonial Turf Cup, will be ridden by Corey Lanerie in the Secretariat.
Kindred Thoroughbreds LLC’s Going Ballistic, second by three-quarters of a length in Arlington Park’s Grade II American Derby as middle leg of the Mid-America Triple, will have regular rider Cliff Berry in the irons once again in Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat, final leg of Arlington’s Triple.
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