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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/13/08)
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Veteran Arlington trainer Mike Campbell had reason to be proud Thursday afternoon at Arlington Park – three days in advance of Sunday’s gala Father’s Day program.
Campbell saddled Get In The Picture 2008 LLC’s Erdiston to win the seventh race with his son Joel Campbell aboard, four races after his son Jesse – Joel’s twin brother – rode Feel The Thunder Stable’s Cresson to victory in the third race of the day.
Jesse Campbell is currently second in the Arlington jockey standings behind Rene Douglas, who had a riding triple Thursday.
Millennium Farms’ Rolling Sea, Illinois Horse of the Year in 2007, and Team Block’s Fort Prado, crowned with that same honor two years ago, share top billing among the nominations to this year’s multi-stakes Prairie State Festival races June 21.
Arlington Park’s Prairie State Festival – a sextet of stakes races restricted to horses registered, conceived and/or foaled in the State of Illinois – celebrates its ninth running this summer with a purse increase to $100,000 for each of the featured tests.
Included are the Springfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile, the Purple Violet for sophomore fillies at one mile, the White Oak Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs, the Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up, the Lincoln Heritage Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16-miles on the grass, and the Black Tie Affair Handicap for 3-year-olds and up also on the turf at 1 1/16-miles.
Added to the Illinois-based Prairie State Festival Day this year is the inaugural Prairie State Art Fair, a two-day event next Saturday and Sunday featuring the works of more than 25 of Illinois’ finest artists.
Reigning Illinois Horse of the Year Rolling Sea is the obvious headline attraction among the Lincoln Heritage nominations.
Conditioned by Steve Asmussen, North America’s winningest trainer in 2007, the daughter of Sefapiano began her 2007 stakes wins with a triumph in Fair Grounds’ $75,000 Fortin Handicap March 17, added a win at Pimlico in the Allaire DuPont Distaff May 18, captured the $45,000 Central Iowa Stakes at Prairie Meadows Sept. 8 and capped off her stakes wins at Churchill Downs with a victory in the Grade II Chilukki Handicap Nov. 3.
Jacquelyn Cochonour and Triple C Thoroughbreds Royal Leah, who won last year’s Lincoln Heritage, is nominated again by trainer Mike Stidham for a chance to defend her title.
George Bates’ Labar, another Lincoln Heritage nomination trained by Ricky Lindsay, breezed five furlongs in 1:06.80 over Arlington’s grass Wednesday on the first day of turf works here this season in possible preparation for next Saturday’s renewal.
Team Block’s Fort Prado, Illinois Horse of the Year in 2006, has captured the Black Tie Affair Handicap for three straight renewals to become the only horse in Prairie State Festival history to accomplish that feat.
However, the 7-year-old gray gelding boasts a fourth Prairie State triumph in the 2004 Springfield Stakes registered when he was a 3-year-old – also a unique accomplishment in the history of the state-bred competition.
Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Stonehouse is also an interesting Black Tie Affair nomination. The 4-year-old is a son of 2000 Arlington Million winner Chester House, and the homebred 4-year-old colt breezed five furlongs in 1:06.80 over the Arlington’s grass Wednesday on the first day of turf works here this season.
Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss, crowned 2007’s 3-Year-Old Filly Champion in Illinois, looms prominent among a list of 10 fillies and mares 3-years-old and up nominated to the 2008 Isaac Murphy Handicap at six furlongs over Arlington’s Polytrack.
Magnetic Miss, trained by Spanky Broussard, led every step of the way to win Arlington’s $52,400 Your Ladyship Stakes June 1 in her most recent trip to the post. In last summer’s Prairie State Festival, the homebred filly took down winning honors in the $84,400 Purple Violet Stakes while still a sophomore.
Arbaway Farm and Carson Spring Farm’s Modjadji, defending champion from last summer’s Isaac Murphy Handicap, is on the nominations list once again. The 6-year-old mare finished second to Magnetic Miss in the Your Ladyship at last asking.
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