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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/18/07)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

YOU GO WEST GIRL FAVORED IN SUNDAY’S $48,200 HATOOF STAKES

Craig Bernick’s You Go West Girl, runner-up in Churchill’s Grade III Regret Stakes at last asking June 16, should rule the choice when she faces nine other members of the distaff set in Sunday’s featured $48,200 Hatoof Stakes.

Sunday’s mile and a sixteenth turf test serves as a prep for the upcoming Grade III Pucker Up Stakes on Sept. 8 – Arlington’s $200,000 nine-furlong annual showcase event for 3-year-old fillies on the local lawn.

You Go West Girl, a daughter of Mr. Greeley out of a Runaway Groom mare, was beaten a length and three-quarters in the Regret after racing five wide in the stretch run, but was clearly best at previous asking May 19 over the Twin Spires turf despite racing six wide. The New York-bred broke her maiden over Keeneland’s Polytrack course April 20, and will be ridden once again Sunday by Jamie Theriot – the only jockey she has ever known.

Richard Kaster, Frederick Wieting and Peter Hickey’s Dashes N Dots, who finished third, a neck behind You Go West Girl in the Regret, appears the one to beat Sunday. The Greg Fox trainee set the pace before tiring in the late stages of Saratoga’s Grade III Lake George Stakes July 27 in her last trip to the post. Jockey Robby Albarado, winning rider of this summer’s Grade I Arlington Million on Kingfield Farms’ Jambalaya last weekend, will be aboard Dashes N Dots Sunday.

Named to oppose the top two are Bradley Bedell and Barr Three LLC’s Lil Cora Tee, Larry Sterling Jr. up; Get To The Wire Stables LLC’s Stravinsky’s Code, Jesse Campbell; Dolphus Morrison’s Call The Kitty, James Graham; Dinwiddie Farm’s Pitamakan, Rene Douglas; Joe and Gene Walkoviak’s Meadowlanding, E. T. Baird; Richard Shultz’ Lemonlime, Eusebio Razo Jr.; Iron County Farms Inc.’s Ciao, Chris Emigh; and Glen Hill Farm’s Trainee, the lone supplementary nominee with Israel Ocampo named at entry time.

Pitamakan could be dangerous here. The daughter of Danzig was less than fully extended in her last outing July 22 at Arlington, will be ridden by leading rider Rene Douglas as a master of the local lawn, and is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

TWO ‘CARMENS’ SOLO OVER COUNTERPOINT PLAYING FIELDS

The Chicago Cubs are in first place Saturday morning after winning two straight games Thursday and Friday. Did an AC (Arlington-Cubs) connection provide the needed spark?

Arlington Park line maker Joe Kristufek came up with these noteworthy statistics.

On Thursday, the Cubs pulled out of a recent losing streak when Carmen Pignatiello made his major league bow by pitching a scoreless inning of relief as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds.

On the same afternoon a horse named Lord Carmen, owned by David Banks and Hondo Ranch Inc., won the eighth race at Arlington Park.

Two months ago, Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly earned a victory against the San Diego Padres on the same day that Leaping Lily, owned by Anne Preshlock and Austin Smith, won locally.

TRAINER JAN ELY SADDLES TWO WINNERS AS BIRTHDAY WISHES

Veteran Arlington Park conditioner and Chicago native Janice Ely gave timely presents to two of her longtime grooms Friday by saddling their assigned horses to win on the same day that was, coincidentally, both grooms’ birthday.

Groom Monico Garcia, celebrating his birthday Friday, received his present when his charge Tejano Taylor, owned by Dennis Becker, George Johnson, Gordon Hoppe and Janice Ely, won the second race of the afternoon.

Groom Esperanza Rodriguez, also celebrating her birthday Friday, got her reward when her filly La Milagra, owned by Luptak Racing Stable, won the eighth race on the twilight program, giving Ely a training double for the day.

JESSE RIDES AGAIN WITH FRIDAY TRIPLE

Arlington Park jockey Jesse Campbell became the fifth rider at the meeting to reach the 40-win mark when he celebrated a riding triple Friday.

Campbell won the fifth race of the day on Three Kings Stable’s Pretty Persuasion, trained by Mike Stidham; came back to the winner’s circle after the seventh astride Karen Papiese’s Sku, trained by Hector Magana; and concluded his “hat trick” with Warren King’s Three Twenty Three, conditioned by Mike Campbell.

RANDY MEIER RIDES 3,995TH WINNER FRIDAY

Veteran jockey Randy Meier is now five wins away from the 4,000-career victory milestone after winning Friday’s second race on the Jan Ely-trained Tejano Taylor.

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