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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/6/08)
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In today's notes:
Alex and Joanne Lieblong have been Thoroughbred owners for about 15 years with intermediate success, but their most promising future may be now – or at least Saturday – when their 4-year-old colt Telling goes to the post in Saturday’s $50,000 Rossi Gold Stakes.
“Actually, we’ve got five in at Arlington tomorrow,” said Lieblong, speaking over the phone from his Conway, Arkansas, home Friday morning, “so I guess we’ll just crank up the plane tomorrow and come on up there.”
The past has been good to the Lieblongs, a fifty-something couple that married just out of high school and began their life together in a house trailer. “We’ve been very fortunate, doing a little bit of everything,” Lieblong said. “Everything” to heAr him tell it, includes, “a little oil and gas, and a little fooling around with hedge funds and the brokerage business.
“We’ve kind of come full circle,” Lieblong said, “or maybe actually half-circle. Full circle would be going back to living in a house trailer, and I hope we don’t have to do that.”
Lieblong exhibits the same refreshing candor when talking about Telling, a son of A. P. Indy out of a Deputy Minister mare who was bred by Darley but sold to the Lieblongs last year.
“We buy most of our horses at yearling or 2-year-olds-in-training sales,” said Lieblong, “but a guy I know told me about this horse’s breeding. We were thinking he’d like grass and that he’d like to go long when we bought him.”
Telling, trained by Steve Hobby, has responded this year by making his grass debut in his last start here at Arlington May 16 and winning it by 2 1/4 lengths. It was the colt’s fourth win in a row after an undefeated winter campaign at Oaklawn Park, where there is no turf course.
“This (Thoroughbred) business can be brutal,” said Lieblong, “but if we are extremely fortunate and everything goes our way tomorrow with Telling, we would love to consider running in the (Grade III) Stars and Stripes (July 4).”
Twenty years ago, Louie Roussel III owned and trained the Eclipse Award-winning 3-year-old champion Risen Star to win the Belmont Stakes after having captured the 1988 Preakness three weeks earlier.
On this Belmont Stakes Day Saturday, Roussel will be the featured guest during Saturday’s “Breakfast At Arlington” program, entertaining those in attendance during this season’s second 7:30-9:30 am show by recalling that memorable spring two decades ago.
Roussel, a New Orleans native who also owned and operated Fair Grounds Race Course for many years, started down the Triple Crown Trail again this spring, winning the Grade II Illinois Derby with Recapturetheglory and then going on to finish third in this spring’s Kentucky Derby with that colt.
Recapturetheglory, named partially for Risen Star’s banner sophomore campaign and partially for the continuing recovery of Katrina-ravaged New Orleans, had a public workout between races last Sunday at Arlington in preparation for his next start in Churchill’s Grade III Northern Dancer Stakes June 14.
Those in attendance at Saturday’s “Breakfast At Arlington” program will be welcome to remain on the grounds before the gates officially open at 10:15 am in advance of Arlington’s special early noon post time. There are 12 live races at Arlington Saturday, and Arlington guests also have the opportunity to watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes from New York.
Also scheduled Saturday at Arlington Park is Barrington Community Appreciation Day, when a race will be named for Barrington with a trophy presented by the mayor. In addition, the community will be represented by various municipal agencies.
Swedish-born apprentice jockey Inez Karlsson scored the first riding double of her Arlington Park career Thursday, winning the opener astride John and Lois Auer’s Bernt to Run and returning to the winner’s circle after the third aboard Robert Neumeyer’s Miss Fontana.
“I’ve had riding triples at Hawthorne a few times, but this is the first time I’ve ridden two winners on the same program here at Arlington,” said Karlsson at the end of the day. “I’m very pleased with the way my career is going this season. I’ve ridden eight winners and the only trainer I ride for who is in the top 10 in the trainer standings is Frank Kirby. I’m hoping some of the others will start noticing me now.”
Also with two winners Friday were jockeys Jesse Campbell and Chris Emigh as well as trainer Brian Williamson, who recorded his second “training double” of the season after also saddling two winners May 23.
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