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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/3/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz breezed five furlongs in :58.60 on Labor Day at Arlington Park in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Jockey Randy Meier, currently four wins shy of the 4,000-career win milestone, was aboard for Monday’s move, but jockey E. T. Baird is expected to ride Saturday.

The one-turn, one mile Lassie, Arlington’s premier event for juvenile fillies, is observing its 72nd renewal this weekend and boasts Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Original Spin among its recent winners. Original Spin went on to finish third in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and was subsequently named Illinois Horse of the Year in 2005.

Dreaming of Liz, who broke her maiden by seven lengths in her last start on Aug. 10, is a daughter of El Prado. Her dam is Silver Maiden, also owned by Calabrese, who won the Lassie in 1997 and captured Belmont’s Grade I Frizette later that fall.

Considered likely to oppose Dreaming of Liz Saturday is the Kentucky-bred but British-campaigned Eat Pie, owned by Rebecca Hillen, who finished seventh in Newmarket’s Group II Cherry Hinton Stakes at last asking July 11 but had broken her maiden at Lingfield July 3.

Other likely Lassie runners include Carl Pollard’s Minewander; Three Kings Racing Stable’s Pretty Persuasion; Kalarikkai and Vilasini Jayaraman’s Silent Kitten; Vinery Stables’ Wonderful Luck; and Katierich Stables’ Yesshesarocket.


Five years after Barrington resident Jim Tafel won the Grade III Arlington Matron with Lakenheath, this year’s Kentucky Derby and Travers-winning owner is expected to try for his second Arlington Matron win this Saturday with Coolwind.

Lakenheath provided the beloved locally based conditioner Gene Cilio with one of the last major Arlington victories of his career, while the 4-year-old filly Coolwind is trained by the late Mr. Cilio’s former assistant Greg Geier. Coolwind, a homebred daughter of Forest Wildcat, was best by a half-length in her last start on July 27 when going seven and half furlongs, but will be asked to get a mile and an eighth in the Matron.

Among those likely to oppose Coolwind in the Matron – Arlington’s biggest event for fillies and mares on the main track – is Millennium Farm’s Rolling Sea, who captured Pimlico’s Grade II Breeders’ Cup Distaff last May 18 and was third in Hawthorne’s Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap April 21.

Other Matron probable starters include: Martin Schwartz’s Asi Siempre, runner-up in a pair of Grade II Stakes at Churchill Downs last spring; Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farms’ Ms. Lydonia, a winner in her last locally in second-level allowance company on Aug. 4; J. R. Lewis’s On Safari, a victress in her last here Aug. 25 in that same kind of company; and Richard Duchossois’ Round Heels, usually a grass runner but second by a neck in Hollywood’s Grade II Bayakoa over Cushion Track last December.


French-bred Touch My Soul, now owned by Team Valor Stable LLC, is expected to make an Atlantic crossing Tuesday on an equine KLM charter flight in time to contest Saturday’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes, restricted to sophomore fillies and run over Arlington’s world famous turf course.

In the Pucker Up, the European invader should be ready for a face-to-face confrontation with Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly last year and heroine of last November’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs.

However, a full field is likely to challenge the top two, and may include Dinwiddie Farm’s Pitamakan, winner of Arlington’s $45,900 Hatoof Stakes as an Aug. 19 prep for this event transferred to the Polytrack; Craig Bernick’s You Go West Girl, second in the Hatoof; Monceaux Stable’s Tanguista and Dominque Guindon’s Testama, an added duo of French-bred French-campaigned invaders now in the care of trainer Christophe Clement; and WinStar Farm LLC’s West Coast Swing, undefeated in two starts on Polytrack but by the noted turf sire Lemon Drop Kid.

Also, Iron County Farm Inc.’s Ciao, heroine of Churchill’s Caressing Handicap last November; Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Katerbug, winner of Ellis Park’s Audubon Oaks July 28; Bruce Lunsford’s Bel Air Beauty, second in that same western Kentucky grass test; Fab Oak Stable’s Itsawonderfullife, who broke her maiden June 28 over the Louisiville lawn; and Hurstland Farm LLC’s Kiss With a Twist, fifth in the Grade III Arlington Oaks Aug. 18.

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