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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/8/07)
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In today's notes:
Despite a troubled trip in his turf debut last time, Amerman Racing Stables LLC’s Demarcation overcame traffic and was up in the late stages to be best a half-length. That gutsy performance when going one mile over the Arlington grass should allow the gelding to be the clear choice in the wagering when he heads a field of 10 sophomores in Sunday’s featured $45,000-added Honor Grades Stakes.
If the field remains intact, the mile and a sixteenth grass race, which includes two supplementary nominations, will have a gross value of $48,400 with $29,040 going to the owners of the winner.
Although Demarcation was far back early and lacked room when launching a bid approaching the stretch in that most recent start Aug. 1, the bay gelding by Gulch rallied boldly in the late stages and should appreciate the added distance of Sunday’s main event. The Paul McGee trainee has Arlington’s leading jockey Rene Douglas named to ride.
Dogwood Stable’s Poschner, second to Demarcation Aug. 1 and more recently beaten only a length in Ellis Park’s $50,000 Regaey Island Stakes on Aug. 18, may be the one to beat. The sophomore son of Trippi was bumped at the start in that Western Kentucky outing and forced very wide in the stretch. Jesse Campbell is the jockey.
Capable of providing strong competition in the Honor Grades is Richard Glantz’s Pirate Saint, one of the two supplementary nominations in the field. Narrowly beaten earlier this summer in the final prep for the Grade III Arlington Classic, the Put It Back gelding was trapped behind rivals in the Classic and finished sixth when never allowed running room. However, he has showed a distinct liking of the local lawn and merits another chance. Jose Ferrer is named aboard the Jimmy DiVito trainee.
Completing the Honor Grades field are: Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Kentucky Man, to be ridden by James Graham as the other supplementary nomination; Hugh Robertson and Regatta Racing Stables LLC’s Snowblind Friend, Jamie Theriot; Hamilton Hale’s The Unbelievable, E. T. Baird; and Mark Carroll’s Scott’s Time, Mark Guidry.
Also, Moises Yanez and Hernandez Racing Club’s Voy Por Uno Mas, Jesus Castanon; Nick Mamatas and John Kerber’s Gentleman Chester, Robby Albarado; and Oak Knoll Farm LLC’s Galloping Home, Chris Emigh.
Voy Por Uno Mas, second by a nose in Ellis’s Regaey Island and a winner of his previous two over the local lawn, comes from the red hot barn of Moises Yanez and cannot be discounted in the Honor Grades.
Although Arlington Park closes the doors on its 2007 live racing season Sept. 16, reservations are still being taken for Arlington Park’s Million Room on Oct. 27, when local guests will be able to watch and wager on the second day of the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships from New Jersey’s Monmouth Park.
Applications for reservations are now available in the Daily Racing Guide and on the track’s Web site www.arlingtonpark.com.
Each ticket will include admission, program, a continental breakfast and a special lunch buffet featuring chef-carved herb-rubbed roast beef, chicken chasseur, penne pasta, a BLT salad and a dessert bar.
Million Room television tables (including reserved seat, admission, program, and TV table) are available for $48, and the Million Room Platform, which includes a reserved seat, admission, and a program with a view of common TVs, is available for $45.
Veteran Arlington Park jockey Eddie Perez, fifth in the local standings, reached the 50-win mark Friday with his winning ride aboard John Macari’s Don’t Make Me Wait in the second race of the day.
Beginning with his four-win day Aug. 29, Perez has now won at least one race on every program of the last nine racing days.
Irish-born jockey James Graham, fourth in the current standings, reached the 60-win mark with a riding double Friday aboard Orion Stables’ Extradyne in the third and Patricia Rhodes’ Mama I’m Home in the ninth.
Jamie Theriot, who arrived at Arlington in mid-season, also had a Friday riding double.
Arlington Park’s Pick 6 carryover pool grew to $12,765 when no one correctly picked all six winners on the same ticket during Friday’s twilight racing program.
The carryover pool is the third highest in North America entering Saturday’s races, with Saturday’s Arlington Pick 6 beginning with the sixth race and ending with the 11th race.
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