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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/2/07)
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In today's notes:
Veteran Illinois-based trainer Christine Janks reached the 1,500 career-win milestone Saturday at Arlington Park in absentia – because she was briefly out of town overseeing the construction of her new house in North Florida.
“I was hoping we’d make it (to 1,500 wins) last week while I was still in Chicago,” said Janks, speaking over the phone from her Gainesville, Florida, farm on Sunday morning. “We had a lot of favorites in last week – but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
“I’m not much for a lot of ‘hoopla’ anyway,” said Janks. “I’m proud of the accomplishment on a personal level and on behalf of my assistant Rob Dobbs, because he’s such a big part of it, and also because so many of our winners have been home-breds – horses we’ve known from birth to death. They are not horses we went to the sales and paid $100,000 for. For instance - with Mighty Rule’s win yesterday (Janks’ milestone maker) – I raced his grandmother.
“Modern-day trainers are able to pile up winners so much faster because the rules have changed,” Janks said. “When I started training, you had to personally saddle a horse to be credited with the win. If you sent a horse out of town, which I did a lot, whoever actually saddled a horse was credited with the win.”
Janks, currently eighth among Arlington’s all-time leading trainers and fifth in the 2007 standings, expects to be back in Chicago later this week.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to make it to 2,000 wins before too long,” concluded Janks, “and I’ll get to be there at that time.”
Arlington’s perennial leading owner Frank Calabrese broke his own Arlington seasonal-win record Saturday when his colors were posed in the winner’s circle for the 67th time during the 2007 session aboard Coleridge following the fourth race of the afternoon.
Calabrese had tied his own (and Arlington’s mark) of 66 wins – established in 2002 – when Brutal Attack won Saturday’s third race.
Leading trainer Wayne Catalano, conditioner of the Calabrese stable, is now two wins shy of equaling his own Arlington record of 69 wins, established in 2005.
Jockey E. T. Baird, aboard both winners of the Calabrese-Catalano tandem on Saturday, was completing a riding triple aboard Coleridge following an earlier win on the program.
Trainer Michele Boyce jumped into a tie for 13th in Arlington’s 2007 trainer standings when she saddled a winning pair to capture both halves of Saturday’s Daily Double.
Boyce took the opener with Cherrywood Racing Stables II’s Lander with E. T. Baird up, and came right back in the second with that same ownership’s El Condor, Eddie Perez aboard.
Peter Vegso’s Go Between, winner of Colonial’s Grade II Virginia Derby last year and third in Arlington’s Grade III Arlington Handicap July 21, looms a strong choice when he heads a field of seven named to Labor Day Monday’s $47,100 Rossi Gold Stakes at a mile and three-sixteenths over the local lawn.
The race is one of two turf stakes and eight grass races that make up Arlington’s inaugural Turf Showcase on the extended holiday weekend program.
Go Between, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, is a 4-year-old son of The Thoroughbred Corporation’s Point Given, hero of the 2001 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Harresh Mehta’s Holding Court will become the first Indian-bred in history to race at Arlington Park as somewhat uncharted competition for Go Between. Holding Court won India’s Group II Maharajas Cup at Bangalore on July 1 in his last start. E. T. Baird will ride.
Completing the field are: Stronach Stables Inc.’s Golden Harpoon, Jesse Campbell; Charles Sigrist and Moises Yanez’s Majestic Zeal, Eddie Perez; Nancy Vanier and Charles Nuckols Jr.’s Come On Jazz, Chris Emigh; David Banks and Hondo Ranch Inc.’s Lord Carmen, Mark Guidry; and Kenneth Hoffman’s Demeteor, Diego Sanchez.
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust’s Almonsoon, fourth in Arlington’s Grade III Modesty Handicap at last asking July 21, is expected to rule the choice of 11 fillies and mares in Monday’s $48,300 Claire Marine Stakes at 12 furlongs on the grass – the Labor Day co-feature.
Almonsoon, runner-up in Gulfstream’s Grade III Orchid Handicap last March 31, is conditioned by defending Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, and has Jesse Campbell slated for the saddle.
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