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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/4/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


William Wahl’s Tiz to Dream, fifth in Churchill’s Grade III Dogwood May 31 but third in the Louisville oval’s Grade III La Troienne on Kentucky Derby Day, has been installed as the lukewarm 5-2 morning line choice in Saturday’s $50,000 Sweetest Chant at Arlington Park.

The daughter of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow – whose sophomore sons and daughters have enjoyed several successful runs this summer – may have lost all chance in the Dogwood when kept wide around the one-turn mile but gets the two turns of the 1 1/16-mile distance Saturday over Arlington’s Polytrack. She broke out of her first level allowance condition over that surface at Keeneland April 13.

In the La Troienne the Ian Wilkes trainee made a late move along the inside of that seven and a half-furlong affair to be beaten just over two lengths after lacking running room much of the way. Jockey James Graham, who won both halves of Thursday’s Daily Double at Arlington, has been named to handle the reins aboard Tiz to Dream in Saturday’s feature.

Koolmen Racing Stables’s A to the Croft, another possible Churchill invader who is cross-entered in Friday’s eighth at the Twin Spires oval, is the 3-1 second choice in the Sweetest Chant. Following a promising juvenile campaign, the daughter of Menifee was third in Turfway’s Grade III Bourbonette Oaks March 22, but finished sixth when kept wide in her last start over Churchill’s Matt Winn turf course. Jockey E. T. Baird is named in the irons on the Ken McPeek trainee.

Lothenbach Stables’ Choragus, undefeated in two trips to the post, merits consideration in the Sweetest Chant and has been made the 7-2 third choice in the morning-line. The Harlan’s Holiday filly easily broke her maiden over Hawthorne’s main track April 13 and came back over Arlington’s Polytrack May 16 to post her second straight by four and three-quarters. Chris Block trains and Eddie Perez rides on Saturday.

Not to be discounted in the Sweetest Chant is Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz at 4-1 in the morning line. The daughter of El Prado won last fall’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, turned in a couple of disappointing outings earlier this year, but then recovered her form to win Arlington’s $56,200 Double Delta on opening day May 2 and then run impressively on grass in the first seven furlongs of Arlington’s $200,000 American 1000 Guineas May 24.

Completing the Sweetest Chant field is Gulf Coast Farms’ Distorted Passion, Earlie Fires (6-1); G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and St. George Farm’s Temper Temper, Eddie Razo (12-1); Majestic Farms’ Elle Tish Slew, Jesse Campbell (15-1); and Barry Butzow’s Yankee Doodle Girl, Jose Velez Jr. (20-1).


Robert Hovelson’s Swingit, inadvertently left off the original nominations list to Arlington’s Grade III Modesty Handicap July 12, has now been added to a corrected edition of that list.

Swingit, a daughter of 1998 Belmont Stakes winner Victory Gallop, is coming off a winning effort over Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn turf course June 22.

Trained by Hal Wiggins, Swingit won Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Furl Sail Handicap in December of 2007 and finished second in that New Orleans oval’s $150,000 Bayou Handicap on February 23 this year.

Swingit is now one of 26 fillies and mares nominated to the Modesty, final major local prep for this summer’s Grade I Beverly D. Aug. 9.

The Modesty is one of three graded races that make up Arlington’s Million Preview Day on the second Saturday of this month. Also slated July 12 is the Grade III Arlington Handicap as the final major local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million, and the Grade II American Derby as the middle leg of the Mid-America Triple at Arlington, which concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 9.


Other North American preps for Arlington’s International Festival of Racing Aug. 9 are offered on both coasts during America’s Birthday Weekend.

On Saturday, Monmouth Park hosts the Grade I United Nations at 11 furlongs over its Jersey Shore grass course in advance of the Arlington Million and Hollywood Park hosts the Grade II CashCall Mile Invitational on turf in advance of the Grade I Beverly D., while Churchill offers the Grade II Firecracker Handicap as a possible Million prep on the Fourth of July.


Irish-born jockey James Graham captured both halves of Thursday’s Daily Double at Arlington, while defending champion jockey Rene Douglas and last year’s third-place rider E. T. Baird also had two-win afternoons.

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