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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/19/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


French-born but American-based trainer Christophe Clement may accept the assigned top impost of 124 pounds for Waterford Stable’s In Summation in Saturday’s $150,000 Arlington Sprint, according to Arlington stakes coordinator Craig Lytel.

The 4-year-old Florida-bred colt by Put It Back is out of a mare by Dayjur – a horse remembered for being well on his way to a win in the 1990 Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint before jumping a shadow late to snatch defeat from victory.

In Summation has displayed no such antics. He captured Del Mar’s Grade I Bing Crosby Handicap over Polytrack in his last start July 29, and based on that performance should be well suited to Arlington’s new surface.

Before journeying to the West Coast, In Summation had won Monmouth’s $60,000 Sneakbox Stakes June 23 at five and a half furlongs over Monmonth Park’s lawn.

As a sophomore last season, In Summation finished fourth behind Sharp Humor in Gulfstream’s Grade II Swale Stakes before that colt went on to be a close second behind Barbaro in last year’s Grade I Florida Derby.

Richland Hills Inc.’s Cougar Cat, next in the Arlington Sprint weights at 119 pounds, is also a possibility for the coming weekend highlight.

The Ronny Werner-trained son of Storm Cat was fifth in Saratoga’s Grade II Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at last asking on July 28, was second in the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap before that at Prairie Meadows on June 30, and was second in Churchill’s Grade III Aristides June 2.

Third high weight and likely starter in the Arlington Sprint at 118 pounds is Off Duty, a 4-year-old Yes It’s True colt owned by John Pucek, Brett Setzer and Robert Edwards, and trained by Lynn Whiting.

Off Duty captured Ellis Park’s $50,000 Don Bernhardt Memorial by a length in his last start July 21, was fifth in the Aristides before that despite stumbling at the start, and was a close third in Oaklawn’s Grade III Count Fleet Sprint Handicap April 13.

Another possibility for Saturday’s Sprint at this time is Wolfe Racing LLC’s City Number, winner of Arlington’s $47,700 Better Bee Stakes Aug. 4, and undefeated in three starts at the Northwest Chicago oval this season. Hugh Robertson, sixth in the Arlington trainer standings at the present time, serves as City Number’s conditioner.

West Virginia invader Cowboy Hardware, owned by Gus Goldsmith and trained by Jeff Talley, won Mountaineer’s $125,000 Harvey Arneault Memorial Stakes Aug. 4 by two and a quarter lengths and is another under consideration for the Arlington Sprint.


Edward Evans’ Mini Sermon, sixth as the 11-10 favorite in Saturday’s Grade III Arlington Oaks, emerged from the race without problems and was doing well Sunday morning, according to Michael Dilger, Arlington-based assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher.

“She came back fine,” said Dilger during Sunday training hours. “The Oaks was her first race at that distance (nine furlongs), and it might have been just a little bit beyond her reach.

The Oaks’ chart footnote indicated that Mini Sermon was bumped at the start and steadied late, but Dilger didn’t use her troubled trip as an excuse for her performance.

“She should have been able to overcome that stuff,” said Dilger.


Defending Arlington Park jockey champion Chris Emigh reached the 70-win mark at the current session when he rode Brenda and Philip Robertson’s Reigning Count to victory in Saturday’s fourth race for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Emigh was third in the 2007 standings at the conclusion of Saturday’s program, two wins behind E. T. Baird but 27 behind leading rider Rene Douglas.

Jockey James Graham reached the 50-win mark for the local season in Saturday’s 10th race when he rode J S Cubed Stables’ Holy Conflict to a win for trainer Greg Geier.


Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, Arlington’s all-time leading rider, notched the 5,000th victory of his career 17 years ago today aboard Tex’s Zing in Arlington’s ninth race of the day.

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