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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/29/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse Award Juvenile Filly champion of last season, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 over “yielding” Arlington ground Wednesday morning in preparation for Arlington’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept 8.
The Pucker Up, Arlington’s main event for grass-running sophomore members of the distaff set, observes its 43rd renewal on that day.
Dreaming of Anna’s Wednesday move, with the “dogs” well out from the rail, was accomplished with jockey Randy Meier in the irons. The chestnut daughter of Rahy galloped out the six-furlong distance in 1:15.
Winner of Churchill’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall, Dreaming of Anna won Colonial Downs’ $200,000 Virginia Oaks in her last start July 21, and before that captured Arlington’s $47,400 Double Delta Stakes June 2. She broke her maiden locally at first asking in May of 2006.
Frank Calabrese, who has been Arlington’s leading owner in number of races won every season of the new millennium, is one victory away from equaling his own and Arlington Park’s season high record owner win mark of 66 victories, established in 2002.
The perennial leading local owner has already eclipsed his 2005 mark of 64 wins and is currently tied with his 2003 total.
Calabrese has three horses entered Wednesday, beginning with 9-5 morning line choice Debut Deb in the second race; continuing with 3-1 morning line first time starter Lu Ann Z. in the fourth; and concluding with 9-5 morning line choice It’s Handsome I Am in the fifth race.
Defending Arlington trainer champion Wayne Catalano, with three horses listed in Wednesday’s racing program at Arlington, is currently four wins shy of his own and Arlington’s all-time seasonal trainer win record of 69 victories – which he established during the summer of 2005.
Catalano, 51, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, will easily earn his third straight Arlington trainer championship this season, as well as his fifth local title in the last six summers.
The former jockey, who now trains exclusively for perennial leading owner Frank Calabrese, will saddle Debut Deb, the morning-line choice in Wednesday’s second race; 3-1 morning line first time starter Lu Ann Z. in the fourth; and 9-5 morning line choice It’s Handsome I Am in the fifth race Wednesday.
Congratulations are in order for Tom Musielak, head carpenter at Arlington Park, who bowled a “300-Game” Monday night in Rolling Meadows – his second such athletic feat in the last five years.
Musielak, 52, a Chicago native, has been an Arlington employee since 1985 and has been bowling for approximately two decades.
“I wasn’t as nervous as I was the first time,” said Musielak Wednesday morning of his repeat performance of perfection. “I just decided to relax and let it roll. My knees didn’t start knocking until the last frame.”
Musielak’s wife Jody, a longtime employee on the Arlington switchboard, is currently also serving as administrative assistant to Arlington vice president of facilities and operations Tony Petrillo.
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust’s A. P. Arrow and Stronach Stables Inc.’s Golden Harpoon breezed a half-mile as a team over Arlington’s “yielding” turf course Wednesday morning, accomplishing the move in :50.60 with the “dogs” well out from the rail.
Both horses are conditioned by defending Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, and both are nominated to Arlington’s $45,000 Rossi Gold Stakes on Labor Day Monday.
For the fifth race-day in a row at Arlington Park, late rider changes accounted for multiple wins during Sunday’s Arlington program.
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