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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/15/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
A message for all those racing fans whose throats swelled when The Tin Man took the lead in last Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million: Don’t lose heart! Wait’ll next year – maybe.
“It’s up to him,” said owner Ralph Todd, when asked if The Tin Man might race as a 10-year-old in the 2008 Arlington Million. “If he’s saying, ‘Hey, I think I’m as good as I’ve always been’ – then we’ll consider running him again.
“It’s all relative to how he’s doing and how he feels,” Todd added. “He’s got to be good enough that we think he can win. We’ll never take him someplace just for the prestige of running him or anything like that. That’s not going to happen.”
Irridescence – the 6-year-old South African-bred mare who finished second by a head in last Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes – now has Green Lantern Stable’s Richard Masson as her lone owner.
Green Lantern Stable had raced Irridescence in partnership with Team Valor Stable from 2005 through last Saturday’s $750,000 Beverly D.
George “Rusty” Arnold will take over from South African conditioner Michael de Kock as Irridescence’s trainer.
“We hope to run her a couple of times before she joins our broodmare band,” said Masson. “She is the best horse we’ve ever had anything to do with, and we look forward to having her at our (central Kentucky) farm.
Irridescence has won eight of 19 starts and earned more than $1.5 million, and has now won or placed in Group I races in South Africa, Hong Kong, England and the United States.
Arlington television department cameraman “Jimmy G” Greenwald was shooting some “B”-roll last Friday morning when he noticed a man and a woman walking the turf course.
Instinctively, Greenwald pulled out his digital still camera and snapped photos of the couple feeling the Arlington grass while assessing its moisture content.
Greenwald had photographed trainer Catherine Day Phillips and her husband Todd Phillips during their pre-race inspection of course conditions for Kingfield Farms color bearer Jambalaya prior to the next afternoon’s Arlington Million. At the time, they were considering scratching Jambalaya from the Million.
When Greenwald spotted the couple at the pre-race party thrown to honor Festival participants, he showed the couple the photos and Day and her husband asked Greenwald to send them the photos for the Kingfield Farms’ web site.
“These are great shots,” Day Phillips told Greenwald that night, “because they show us walking the course with the Arlington signage in the background.”
A day and a half later, it turned out that Greenwald had also captured a significant nugget of Arlington Million history, with the considered scratch of the eventual Arlington Million winner being debated at the time.
“We were able to put our hands into the ground,” Day Phillips said later in a post-race press conference, after Jambalaya had captured Arlington Million XXV.
Fortunately, the course had improved to “yielding” Saturday morning, and was rated “good” by Arlington Million post time. Jambalaya won by three-quarters of a length.
Beginning this Saturday, Arlington Park will host 11 races on Saturdays for the rest of the 2007 season.
On Wednesdays for the rest of the season, Arlington Park will have eight-race programs.
Jockey E. T. Baird moved into second position in the Arlington Park jockey standings last Friday after riding a triple on the pre-Million Day program.
Leader Rene Douglas is far in front with 95 wins going into Wednesday’s program, Baird is second with 69, and defending jockey champion Chris Emigh is third with 66.
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