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|Arlington Park Barn Notes – PM edition (8/10/07)
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In today's notes:
Irish Arlington Million invader Danak, owned by His Highness the Aga Khan Studs Ltd., got his introduction to Arlington Park’s world famous turf course Friday morning, with Irish jockey Mick Kinane aboard for the move.
Overseeing the exercise over yielding ground was his trainer John Oxx, familiar to Arlington’s international racing fans for saddling Timarida to win the 1996 Grade I Beverly D. Stakes for that same ownership.
Oxx, 57, has sent out numerous Group/Grade I winners in Ireland and abroad, and is known for shipping overseas only when he thinks he has a legitimate chance to win. Another notable traveling success for the 57-year-old native of the Emerald Isle occurred when he saddled Ridgewood Pearl to win the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1995.
Danak was undefeated in his first five starts before finishing third last time in the Group I Tattersalls Gold Cup May 27 behind three top European campaigners.
“He’s a very good traveling horse,” said Oxx Friday morning. “He had a little delay on the trip here (to Chicago), but he seems to have handled it fine.”
Asked how the exceptionally hot, humid weather this week in Chicago might affect Danak, Oxx said, “You never really know how that affects them until they run – you just hope they keep drinking a lot of water.”
Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Flaxman Holdings Ltd.’s Admiralofthefleet, one of three European-based candidates for Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes, accomplished what was basically a “two-minute lick” for a half-mile over the Arlington grass Friday morning, but finished up the last eighth in :12.20. Jockey Mick Kinane was aboard for the move, with the “dogs” well out from the rail on the turf course.
French-bred European Secretariat candidate Shamdinan, owned by Triple B Farms, breezed three-eighths in :40 on the Polytrack Friday morning in advance of Saturday’s start in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes, final leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.
Irish-bred Fleeting Shadow, owned by Dr. Ronan Lambe and the third European invader for Saturday’s Secretariat, cantered on the Polytrack Friday morning.
Gary Tanaka’s Pressing, an Irish-bred invader for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, was introduced to Arlington Park’s grass course rated “yielding” Friday morning with a three-furlong breeze in :40.80 while the “dogs” were well out from the rail. Jockey David Flores was aboard for the move.
Pressing, trained by Michael Jarvis, finished fifth in Royal Ascot’s Group I Prince of Wales’s Stakes against Europe’s best last June 20.
Steve Davidowitz, a turf handicapper and author who was a guest on Friday morning’s International Breakfast at Arlington program, will conduct a book signing from noon to 1 p.m. outside the Arlington Gift Shop during Saturday’s Arlington Million Day program.
Copies of Davidowitz’ latest book “The Best and Worst of Thoroughbred Racing” will be on sale at that location at that time during the author’s appearance.
Veteran Arlington Park trainer Christine Janks moved to within three of the 1,500-career win milestone when she saddled Carson Springs Farm, Letto Thoroughbreds Inc. and Ken Meeker’s Colors Flashing to win the opening event on the program with defending jockey champion Chris Emigh in the irons.
Trainer Kerry Zavash and owner Richard Glander scored a double on Thursday’s program, winning the seventh with Little Boot and the finale with It’s All Attitude.
The owner-trainer-jockey team of Frank Calabrese, Wayne Catalano and E. T. Baird also scored a double with Brutal Attack in the fourth and Apt to Shine in the fifth.
Longtime Illinois-based reinsman Randy Meier moved closer to the 4,000-career win milestone with a riding double on Thursday’s program.
Meier won astride Richard Glander’s Little Boot in the seventh race and returned astride Glander’s It’s All Attitude in the ninth to register his 3,993rd career tally.
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