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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/12/07)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

JAMBALAYA’S TRAINER FULL OF SPICE WITH EVERYTHING NICE ON SUNDAY

Catherine Day Phillips, who made Arlington Park history as the first woman to saddle a winner of the Grade I Arlington Million on Saturday, reported that Kingfield Farms’ Jambalaya, hero by three-quarters of a length in the summer’s showcase race, was doing well Sunday morning and would get a few days of rest and recuperation before future plans were formalized.

“He was doing fine when I looked in on him this morning,” said the owner-trainer, speaking over the phone from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as she awaited her delayed return flight to Toronto. “He’s tired, of course. He was lying down when I first looked in on him, but he picked his head up, checked everybody out, and then went back to sleep.

“Yesterday was a wonderful day, and it was a wonderful trip,” said the conditioner. “Everybody at Arlington treated us fantastic the whole time we were there.”

Day Phillips is the daughter of Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Jim Day, who saddled Robert Schaedle III’s Honor Glide to sweep Arlington Park’s Mid-America Triple in 1997.

“He called to say congratulations yesterday,” Day Phillips said, when asked about her father. “He said it was a big deal, a big race, and he was very proud of me. He had told me earlier that I would be treated very well at Arlington, and I was.

“Jambalaya will get a little bit of a break now,” concluded Day Phillips. “He will ship back to Toronto tonight, and after a few days we will begin to make future plans for him. But today, the sun is shining and we all have big smiles on our faces.”

THE TIN MAN’S TRAVEL MATES AWAKE PROUD, HAPPY SUNDAY MORNING

Ralph and Aury Todd’s The Tin Man, a valiant runner-up in Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million after gaining the lead in mid-stretch, emerged from Chicago’s centerpiece event in good order and also with a proud and happy ownership team.

“We’re tickled pink with his performance yesterday,” said Ralph Todd Sunday morning, shortly before catching a return flight to his Southern California home. “How could we not be happy? (The Tin Man) ran his heart out yesterday.

“I think the ground was a little too deep for him yesterday,” Todd said. “Victor (jockey Espinoza) said he could feel the horse trying to dig in. He thought our horse was having a little trouble handling it. You know – when he took the lead in the stretch – for a minute I thought he was going to be able to overcome all that – but he ran a great race anyway.

“In the paddock, before the race, when the crowd all cheered for him as he went out to the track, and then again when they roared when he took the lead in the stretch – that gave me a feeling that’s kind of hard to describe,” Todd concluded. “It was a little like watching your son in an athletic contest performing some kind of fantastic play on the field, with the crowd going wild. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how that made me feel.”

AFTER MARKET WORKS SUNDAY MORNING AFTER MILLION

Pam and Martin Wygod’s After Market, morning line favorite for Arlington Million XXV before being withdrawn due to track conditions on race day, breezed six furlongs in 1:18 Sunday during training hours and then galloped out seven-eighths in 1:31.

ALL WELL WITH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL’S FOREIGN INVADERS

All of the International Festival of Racing’s foreign invaders emerged unscathed from their respective efforts in Saturday’s Grade I threesome – the 25th Arlington Million, 18th $750,000 Beverly D. and 31st $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.

“They are all sound as a pound,” said the International Racing Bureaus’s Alastair Donald Sunday morning after checking the Quarantine Barn headquarters.

DOCTOR DINO DOESN’T MISS BY MUCH, BUT IT COSTS A LOT

Javier Martinez Salmean’s Doctor Dino finished third, beaten less than a length for the win, in Saturday’s Arlington Million XXV, and is being pointed for a continuation his international tour with a scheduled next appearance in Woodbine’s Grade I Canadian International on Oct. 21.

The French-bred chestnut was beaten a nose for second in Saturday’s Arlington Million, and also lost the place position by a nose in his previous effort in Singapore on May 27 in the Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup.

Together those two nose margins cost Doctor Dino’s ownership approximately $200,000 in purse money.

Also, Doctor Dino was only beaten three-quarters of a length by the winning Jambalaya, owned by Kingfield Farms, on Saturday, and was beaten only a length and quarter by the winning Japanese-bred Shadow Gate in Singapore. Added together, those two lengths made a difference of about $1.7 million in Doctor Dino’s total purse earnings.

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