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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/18/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Stonehouse took to Arlington’s world-famous turf course Wednesday morning, breezing four furlongs in :51.60 with the “dogs” up.

Stonehouse, who showed good early foot when sent to the post in open company in Arlington’s Grade III Hanshin Cup over Polytrack May 24, was prepping for Saturday’s $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap – one of six stakes races restricted to horses in the Illinois program that will make up Saturday’s Prairie State Festival. The Black Tie Affair will be run at a mile and a sixteenth over Arlington’s grass.

Breezing over the Polytrack Wednesday morning in advance of the Festival was Maggi Moss’s Classic R. J., who went a half-mile in :51 in preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 Springfield Stakes, restricted to 3-year-olds in the Illinois program and run at one mile over the Polytrack course.

Going a bullet three-eighths over the Polytrack Wednesday morning was Rudolph and Vranich’s Magnetic Miss, heroine of the recent $52,400 Your Ladyship Stakes, who accomplished her morning dash in :34.80 in advance of Saturday’s $100,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap for Illinois-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.

On Tuesday morning, George Bates’ Labar breezed three furlongs in :39.60 in preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap – for Illinois-bred fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.

Five horses expected for the Prairie State Festival worked Monday – two going a half-mile, two breezing five-eighths and one going three-quarters.

T. C. Stable’s Big Lou, prepping for Saturday’s $100,000 Purple Violet Stakes for Illinois-bred 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs, went her bullet move at that distance in 1:12.40.

Also prepping for the Purple Violet Monday were Bob Ackerman’s Souper Miss who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60, and Maximum Six LLC’s Silver Stairs who went in 1:04.00.

Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbreds IV’s Love Handles, winner of Arlington’s $100,000 Ada L. Rice Illinois Owners Stakes last fall, breezed a half in :54.80 Monday in preparation for the Lincoln Heritage, and John Guckien and Richard Perkins’ Bill of Bills accomplished that same distance in :49.60 in advance of the Springfield.


Robert Greenbaum and Mark Edwards’ Wine and Dyne, a 4-year-old Dynaformer filly conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, breezed four furlongs in :49.00 Wednesday morning in preparation for Sunday’s $50,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes.

The Possibly Perfect, for fillies and mares at about a mile and an eighth over Arlington’s world-famous turf course, has served as a significant prep for both the Grade III Modesty Handicap (July 12) and the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes (Aug. 9) in recent seasons.

Wine and Dyne won her last start May 22 at Arlington while racing six furlongs over the Polytrack course and posted a runner-up finish over Calder’s turf course on New Year’s Day.


Another “Breakfast At Arlington” program will be offered this Saturday in advance of Prairie State Festival Day at Arlington Park.

Track announcer John G. Dooley, trainer Liane Davis and entertainment reporter Lauren Massarella host the show on the Arlington apron from 7:30-9:30 am.

Prairie State Festival Weekend begins Friday with the “Miller Lite Party in the Park” and a Q101.1 concert event featuring live music by Holding Mercury with first race and first song beginning at 2:30 pm.

Following Friday’s last race, “Party on the Patio” begins at 7:15 pm at Trackside Arlington Park with classic rock by The Meteors.

From 11:30 Saturday morning to 12:30 in the afternoon Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek will hold a handicapping seminar in the Starting Gate Theatre. Daily Racing Form handicapper Marcus Hersh will assist in a look at the day’s races.


Popular Arlington jockey James Graham, with a plethora of multi-race winning days on his resume in recent Arlington seasons, had a four-win afternoon on Father’s Day Sunday – his first Father’s Day as a father.

Graham and his wife Lisa are now the proud parents of daughter Hannah, born six months ago. The baby was present in the winner’s circle in time for Graham’s fourth winner of the afternoon astride Francine Faraci-Walder’s Tidy Up.

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