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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/31/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory, fifth behind Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby four weeks ago, will treat Arlington Park guests with a public half-mile workout Sunday afternoon between the seventh and eighth races of the day.

“The horse is doing very well lately,” said Lara Van Deren, the well-respected horsewoman who has also been aboard Recapturetheglory in recent days. “The plan is to take him out for a brief jog Sunday morning and then bring him back for a half-mile move over the Polytrack just after the seventh race.”

Recapturetheglory led every step of the way when winning the Grade II Illinois Derby by four lengths on April 5 in his last start prior to the Kentucky Derby. In the Run for the Roses, the Kentucky-bred sophomore lost all chance when being forced to race very wide throughout.

The highly regarded colt will come to the paddock along with the horses in Sunday’s seventh race, and then get schooled in the paddock and tacked up while the seventh race is being contested. Jockey James Graham will return to the paddock after riding in the seventh to be aboard Recapturetheglory for his public work.

“Right now, we’re talking about Churchill Downs’ (Grade III) Northern Dancer Stakes (June 14) or Prairie Meadows’ ($250,000) Iowa Derby (June 27) for his next start,” said Van Deren.


Millennium Farms’ Rolling Sea, reigning Horse of the Year in Illinois, heads a field of six fillies and mares named to Sunday’s featured $50,000 Your Ladyship Stakes at Arlington.

The chestnut mare will be making her first start of the year since capturing Churchill’s Grade II Chilukki Stakes Nov. 3.

Conditioned by Steve Asmussen, North America’s winningest trainer last year, Rolling Sea will be ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman Sunday.

Named to oppose Rolling Sea in the Your Ladyship are Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farms’ Modjadji, James Graham aboard; Gordon and Sharon Bredeson’s Tour d’Aura, Timmy Thornton in the irons; Thomas Basler’s Sir Catalack, Chris Emigh up; Bob and Nancy Bartels’ Bluesbdancing, Rene Douglas handling the reins; and Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss, Earlie Fires astride.


Veteran local reinsman Jesse Campbell rode four winners Friday at Arlington Park to vault into second position in the local jockey standings.

Two of Campbell’s wins came for conditioner Austin Smith, who celebrated a training double with 100% Racing Stable’s Gone Theatrical in the fifth and that same ownership’s The Mizzus in the seventh race of the afternoon.

Campbell, 30, a graduate of Lake Zurich High School, began his four-win day with a victory aboard Stable One’s U Dream It U Do It for trainer Richie Scherer in the second half of the Daily Double, and concluded his win quartet astride Joan Borcia’s Niki’s Magicmoment for trainer Tom Swearingen.

The banner one-day riding feat gave Campbell 16 wins from 100 mounts at the meeting, one more than Eddie Razo, who was Oaklawn’s leading rider this winter.

Far in front as leading rider this session is defending jockey champion Rene Douglas, who has visited the winner’s circle 34 times from 108 mounts. That Panama-born reinsman is the only jockey in Arlington Park history to win four successive riding titles at Chicago’s northwest suburban oval.


The “Hit ‘N Run” play will be on this Sunday at Arlington Park when a filly named Halo and Goodbye goes to the post in the second race of the afternoon!

Equibase chart caller Jim Miller, a former pitcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, will be combining forces with his neighbor Brian Ball, an assistant trainer for the Chicago White Sox and his friends – racing as the Hit ‘N Run Stable.

Together they all make up Halo and Goodbye’s first-time Thoroughbred ownership team. The sophomore daughter of Full Mandate is trained by Dee Poulos and will be ridden by apprentice jockey Inez Karlsson Sunday.

Other members of Hit ‘N Run Stable include Kevin Hickey, a former pitcher for both the White Sox and Baltimore Orioles; Mike Gellinger, the White Sox computer scouting analyst as well as his father Tom; and Ed Cassin, manager of White Sox team travel.

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