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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/1/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Stonerside Stable LLC’s Texas Wildcatter, fourth choice in the morning line for Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, has been scratched after developing a fever late this week.

“(Texas Wildcatter)’s fine, he just spiked a little fever the day before yesterday,” said Michael Dilger, Chicago-based assistant to Todd Pletcher, Texas Wildcatter’s trainer of record. “It’s a shame because he had just worked very well (a half-mile breeze in :48 on Aug. 26). I was looking forward to running him because I thought he had an excellent chance to win, but sometimes things just don’t work out.”

Texas Wildcatter is a Kentucky-bred colt by 2001 Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby winner Monarchos out of a Forest Wildcat mare. The gray/roan looks very much like his sire and won the only start of his career over the Arlington Polytrack Aug. 4.


French-bred Touch My Soul, a sophomore filly considered for Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes for much of the summer, will now belatedly arrive in Chicago from her home base in Germany on Tuesday to contest Arlington’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept. 8.

Although recently purchased by Team Valor Stable LLC and Ed Weil from Gestut Brummerhof, Touch My Soul remains in the care of German conditioner Peter Schiergen, who brought Gestut Park Wiedingen’s Soldier Hollow to Chicago to finish third behind Ralph and Aury Todd’s The Tin Man in the 2006 Arlington Million.

Touch My Soul won Germany’s Group III Hamburger Stuten-Preis at eight furlongs on June 30 under Andreas Suborics, who rode Silvano to his Arlington Million victory in 2001. However, she was most recently eighth in Deauville’s Group III Prix de Psyche July 31 when asked to go 10 furlongs. The Pucker Up is run at nine furlongs over Arlington’s world famous turf course, but is restricted to members of her own generation.

The Pucker Up has often attracted European invaders and has been won by European-breds for two of its last three renewals.

Touch My Soul is scheduled to arrive aboard a KLM equine charter at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport shortly after noon on Tuesday and be transported by van to Arlington Park shortly after deplaning.


WinStar Farm LLC’s West Coast Swing breezed Saturday morning over Arlington’s grass course – rated “good” at the time with the “dogs” well out from the rail – in preparation for Arlington’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept. 8.

“I thought it went fine,” said trainer Shannon Ritter of the five-eighths breeze in 1:00 as the filly’s first encounter with turf. “The time was fast, especially since the rider told me there was a lot of give in the ground.”

West Coast Swing is undefeated in two starts, both at Arlington but both over the Polytrack surface.

“I’ll talk it over with Elliott (Walden of WinStar),” Ritter said of the upcoming Pucker Up. “We’ll see what’s in the race, but I would love to give it a shot. She’s a nice filly. She just does what she has to do.”

Richard Shultz’s Pucker Up possibility Lemonlime also breezed over the “good” ground Saturday with the “dogs” up, getting a half in :48.

“She breezed good and she cooled out real good,” said Lemonlime’s trainer Tony Granitz later Saturday morning. “We wanted to run her in that prep for the Pucker Up (the Hatoof), but didn’t get to when they took the race off the turf.”

Lemonlime finished sixth behind Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, probable Pucker Up favorite, in her last start in Colonial’s $200,000 Virginia Oaks July 21, and third behind that same filly in Arlington’s $47,400 Double Delta June 2, but Granitz remains undeterred.

“She got stopped on both turns in the Virginia Oaks, or she might have been right there,” said Granitz, “and in the (Double Delta) she got down on the inside and by the time she got out the race was over, but Eddie (jockey Razo) told me she was full of run.”


Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna remains the Grade III Pucker Up choice for its Sept. 8 renewal based on her Eclipse Award-winning juvenile campaign and her most recent Virginia Oaks score.

She is a full sister to Calabrese’s Lewis Michael, most recently winner of Arlington’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap July 28.

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