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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/15/08)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

‘PRADO’ TIGHTENS BLACK TIE AFFAIR PREPARATION

Team Block’s Fort Prado, hero of the last three renewals of the Prairie State Festival’s Black Tie Affair Handicap, breezed a half-mile in :48.80 Sunday morning in preparation for an unprecedented fourth victory in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile state-bred turf test at Arlington Park.

Others likely at this time for the $100,000 race for 3-year-olds and up that is restricted to horses in the Illinois program include: Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Stonehouse, who showed good speed in open company in Arlington’s Grade III Hanshin Cup before tiring late in his last start May 24; Letto Thoroughbreds and Carson Springs Farm’s No More Sweets, a winner over yielding grass here at Saturday’s distance May 4; Nick Mamatas and John Kerber’s Gentleman Chester, second by three-quarters to No More Sweets in that May meeting but winner of the Prairie State Festival’s Springfield Stakes on Polytrack last year; and Karen Sheak and Vickie Wilder’s Call Me Goer, coming off a two-length tally in an allowance race here May 23.

STOP A TRAIN PREPARES FOR LINCOLN HERITAGE

Letto Thoroughbreds, Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farm’s Stop a Train worked five furlongs handily in 1:00.60 Sunday morning in advance of her projected start in Saturday’s $100,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap, run at 1 1/16-miles over the Arlington grass but restricted to fillies and mares in the Illinois program.

In the Lincoln Heritage, Stop a Train is expected to face the race’s defending champion Royal Leah, owned by Triple C Thoroughbreds. That Mike Stidham trainee pressed the pace in the $53,600 Reluctant Guest May 17 before weakening to be beaten three lengths for all of it.

Others expected for the Lincoln Heritage are: George Bates’ Labar, beaten a half-length when third over soft going May 15; Crown’s Way Farm’s You Dancing Devil, also beaten three in the Reluctant Guest; Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbreds IV’s Love Handles, winner of Arlington’s $100,000 Ada L. Rice Illinois Owners Stakes last September; and Thomas Basler’s Sir Catalack, fourth in Arlington’s $52,400 Your Ladyship Stakes June 1.

AMAZING RESULTS FOCUSED ON SPRINGFIELD

Team Block’s Amazing Results, from the omnipresent Prairie State Festival-primed barn of David, Patricia and Ryan Block – with Chris Block as the family’s trainer – is a likely starter in Saturday’s $100,000 Springfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile over the local Polytrack.

The sophomore son of Grand Slam is out of the Block team’s two-time Lincoln Heritage heroine Ioya Two. He won the $60,000 Black Gold and the $60,000 Grindstone Stakes at Fair Grounds last winter and was beaten less than four in the $150,000 Arlington Classic May 24 after being in tight quarters most of the way.

Also likely for the Springfield are: Maggi Moss’s Classic R. J., a winner of his last four starts; William Stiritz’s J. Pa, a winner of his last two; Nancy Vanier and Autumn Winds Farm’s Best Buddy, a winner of three straight before failing in his grass debut at last asking; George Johnson and Gordon Hoppe’s Brixton’s Conte, second in the $100,000 Land of Lincoln April 25; John Guckien and Richard Perkins’ Bill of Bills, who broke his maiden two starts back; and Asiel Stable’s Perfect Remedy, who broke his maiden May 25.

SECRET KIN SETS UP FOR ISAAC MURPHY

Team Block’s Secret Kin, pointing to Saturday’s $100,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap as still another Prairie State “Block” buster, breezed a half in :49.40 Sunday in advance of the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares in the Illinois program.

There she will be likely to challenge defending champion Modjadji, owned by Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farm; 2006 Isaac Murphy heroine Bluesbdancing, owned by Bob and Nancy Bartels; and Arlington’s recent $52,400 Your Ladyship winner Magnetic Miss, owned by Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich.

Also Isaac Murphy bound are Arbaway Farm and Carson Spring Farm’s Pretty Jenny, the 2005 Purple Violet winner; Michael Dini, William Strauman and Don Bara’s Taylor Madison, winner of Tampa’s $65,000 Minaret Stakes last winter; and Hondo Ranch Inc.’s Twin Buttes, a winner at last asking here May 15.

HOLY THURSDAY GETS WHITE OAK BREEZE SUNDAY

Summer Camp Stable’s Holy Thursday breezed four furlongs Sunday morning in :50.00 preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 White Oak Handicap, and Dana Waier Thoroughbreds’ Guccione went a half-mile in :50.80 while pointing toward that same six-furlong test for 3-year-olds and up in the Illinois program.

There they are likely to face two-time White Oak defending champion High Expectations, owned by S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership, as well as Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Last Gran Standing and Arbaway Farm’s Mighty Rule.

LUNE ROUGE RISING FOR PURPLE VIOLET

Karp Family Living Trust’s Lune Rouge breezed four furlongs in :51.00 Sunday in preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 Purple Violet Stakes, where she is likely to face Virginia Tarra Trust’s Apple Martini, T. C. Stable’s Big Lou, Tom Gregerson’s Defiant Darling, Donna and Michael Dupuy’s Fandemonium, Gary and Beth Leverton’s Missy Biscuit, Maximum Six LLC’s Silver Stairs, Bob Ackerman’s Souper Miss, and Zaloudek, Henderson and Carson Spring Farm’s Sun for Fun.

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