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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/26/08)
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Courtlandt Farms’ Indescribable got up in the final strides to take the Grade III Arlington Matron on Memorial Day at nine furlongs, but will cut back to seven-eighths in distance for Saturday’s Grade III Chicago Handicap.
Consequently, she has been installed as the slight 3-1 second choice for Saturday’s stakes, while WinStar Farm’s Leah’s Secret – the mare she beat last time – is Saturday’s 5-2 morning-line favorite.
“The seven furlongs may be a bit of a question,” said Rudolph Brisset, Arlington-based assistant for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott during training hours Thursday, “but she fits the conditions very well and this might be a good spot for her.
“I really don’t know too much about her,” said Brisset. “She only arrived in Mr. Mott’s barn less than a month ago (since she won the Matron). The filly got here yesterday from New York (Wednesday) after flying into Louisville and being vanned up to Arlington. She looked good when she got off the van and we gave her a mile and an eighth jog this morning and she looked very good doing that.”
Indescribable is one of several Courtlandt Farms horses transferred to the Mott barn earlier this month and the Chicago Handicap will be her first start for her new connections.
“She had one breeze in New York (four furlongs in :50 over the Belmont Park training track June 23),” Brisset said. “That’s about the only thing she’s done since she came to us, but we’re looking forward to seeing if she can run back here as well as she did last time.”
Veteran Louisiana trainer “Spanky” Broussard, who saddled Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss to win last Saturday’s $88,500 Isaac Murphy Handicap, recorded his first win at Arlington Park on June 25, 1970.
“Thirty-eight years ago yesterday?” repeated Broussard, when informed of that fact Thursday morning. “I’ll be damned. I’ll bet it was that filly Mrs. Olge. I claimed her at Washington Park for J. T. Brady and I think Jimmy Nichols rode her for me.”
Told both of those guesses were correct, the affable Broussard, 67, a native of Louisiana and something of a character, refused to accept congratulations on his memory.
“Yeah, I can remember that,” said Broussard, “but I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning.
“I claimed Mrs. Olge from Bob Cramer (later a steward at Arlington Park),” expanded Broussard. “I didn’t know him at the time, but she was the second horse I had claimed off of him, and he came and looked me up the next morning and said: ‘Son, you seem to really like my horses, don’t you?’ He was not too happy at the time, but we later became close friends.”
Broussard was scoring his second straight Prairie State Festival victory with Magnetic Miss. Last summer, the filly captured 2007’s $84,800 Purple Violet Stakes while still a sophomore, and at that time, Broussard branded himself and the rest of her connections as the “Old Gang.”
“Earlie is 61,” said Broussard of Magnetic Miss’s winning Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires. “The owner (Rudolph) is somewhere in his sixties, the groom (Angel Robelledo) is 66. He just signed up for Social Security. The hot walker, Augustine Garcia, is 77. My foreman here, Roberto Sanchez, is 65 and he has been with me for 30 years. They are all a big part of this horse’s success as well.”
After asking where he and his crew might read about his latest interview with the press, Broussard was told the story would appear on the Internet on the Arlington Park website.
“Aw, websites are for spiders,” Broussard said.
Veteran Arlington Park jockey Eddie Razo regained the runner-up spot in Arlington’s current rider standings with a “hat trick” last Sunday, but risks losing that ranking while out of town Friday at Prairie Meadows.
The 42-year-old longtime Long Grove, Illinois, resident, leading rider at Oaklawn this past winter, will ride Dream Walkin Farms’ Sebastian County in the $250,000 Iowa Derby and Roll Reroll Stables’ Miss Macy Sue in the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes.
Sebastian Country was beaten less than three lengths in the $150,000 Arlington Classic May 24 in his last start, and Miss Macy Sue was second in Churchill’s Grade III Winning Colors Stakes May 26 in her last trip to the post.
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