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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/26/08)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown – the colt who will be attempting to win the Belmont Stakes June 7 and become the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown in 30 years – is currently the “buzz” of the Thoroughbred racing world.
In recognition of that fact, Arlington Park has announced its own special early post time of 12 noon (CDT) for that day now less than two weeks away.
The Chicago oval will offer 12 live races of its own that Saturday in addition to a full-card simulcast of Belmont’s racing program.
The second “Breakfast At Arlington” program will also be presented that morning from 7:30 am until 9:30 am, and gates for the regular racing day will open early at 10:15 am.
Also, a handicapping seminar will be offered at several locations during the day.
Arlington Park has introduced its first live money handicapping contest this year and racing fans will have a second chance to win cash prizes this Saturday – as well as qualify for the championship round on Sept. 13.
Those wishing to participate in this weekend’s second round must purchase a $100 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club on Saturday.
French-bred Mauralakana, the convincing three-length winner of last Saturday’s Grade II Sheepshead Bay Handicap owned by Robert Scarborough and trained by Christophe Clement, is being penciled in for a trip to this summer’s Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park on Aug. 9.
“She was bought as a broodmare prospect for Australia,” said Clement following the Sheepshead Bay. “The plan is for her to be covered by Sept. 1, and then go to Australia. So, we’ll be looking at the Beverly D. Of course, things could change.”
Clement was the winning trainer of last summer’s Beverly D. after Monceaux Stable’s German-bred Royal Highness captured 2007’s sister race to the Arlington Million. Before that, the French-born Clement saddled Baron Edouard de Rothschild’s England’s Legend to win the 2001 Beverly D.
Although Maurakalana is not an original nomination to this summer’s running, late nominations to the Beverly D. close July 30.
British-bred Herboriste, the Sheepshead Bay runner-up owned by Northern Bloodstock and trained by Michael Matz, is an original nomination to Arlington’s international classic test for grass-favoring fillies and mares.
One day after Pin Oak Stable’s Much Obliged won the inaugural running of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas at Arlington Park, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Susan Magnier’s Halfway to Heaven won the Group I Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh.
Halfway to Heaven, an Irish-bred sophomore filly trained by Aidan O’Brien, is also an original nomination to Arlington Park’s 2008 Grade I Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 9.
S J Stables’ Cloudy’s Knight, hero of Woodbine’s Grade I Canadian International in his most recent start Oct. 21, breezed six furlongs from the gate in 1:15.20 at Arlington Park on Memorial Day.
Cloudy’s Knight, conditioned by two-time Arlington trainer champion Frank Kirby, is being pointed toward Arlington’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Handicap on July 4.
Mount Joy Stable’s Smooth Air, in a final tune-up for Thistledown’s Grade II Ohio Derby this Saturday, breezed seven furlongs in 1:24.80 Sunday at Arlington with Eddie Razo in the irons. Runner-up behind Big Brown in this winter’s Grade I Florida Derby, Smooth Air had early splits of :26.40, :38.40, :50, 1:02.40 and 1:13.40 and then galloped out the mile in 1:39.
Frank Calabrese’s stakes-winning siblings Dreaming of Anna and Lewis Michael breezed five-eighths in :58.60 and 1:01 respectively Sunday at Arlington. Trainer Wayne Catalano was aboard Dreaming of Anna.
Conditioner Larry Rivelli moved into a tie for third in Arlington Park’s current trainer standings after saddling two winners Sunday.
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