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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/5/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut would leave the charted atmosphere of Chicago Thoroughbred history should he become the first horse to win three straight renewals of the Arlington Handicap. This summer’s upcoming renewal is on July 12.

The 73rd running of the Grade III 10-furlong grass test is the final major local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 9. Prior to Cosmonaut’s back-to-back Arlington Handicap victories the last two summers, the only horse in history to accomplish that double was Kerr Stable’s Round Table, who visited the local winner’s circle in 1958 and 1959, shortly after the initial Sputnik launchings.

Cosmonaut, now trained by Carlos Martin, most recently finished second by a nose in Belmont’s $78,250 Scottish Monk Stakes June 14 following a fourth-place effort in Keeneland’s Grade I Maker’s Mark Mile April 11.

Team Block and William Farish’s Corrupt, third in Churchill’s $100,000 Opening Verse Handicap May 31, is also considered a probable starter in next week’s Arlington Handicap after passing on the chance to run in Friday’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Handicap. Trained by Neil Howard, Corrupt won Churchill’s $65,000 Grand Canyon Handicap last fall and Fair Grounds’ $75,000 Mardi Gras Stakes this winter.

Centaur Farms’ Distorted Reality, winner of Belmont’s $75,000 Academy Award Stakes June 19 and fourth in Pimlico’s Grade II Dixie before that May 17, is another probable starter in the Arlington Handicap, as is Fab Oak Stable, Robert Hurley and John Goldthorp’s Stream Cat, second by a neck in Keeneland’s Grade III Fayette Handicap in his most recent start Oct. 27.

Dion Recachina’s Operation Red Dawn, a winner of his last at Belmont June 5, and Rising Sun Racing Stable’s Warning Zone, beaten three lengths at last asking in Hollywood’s Grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap June 7, are considered possible starters in the Arlington Handicap.

Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, whose latest plans have undulated more than the course at Longchamp where the targeted Group I Arc de Triomphe is contested, cannot be ruled out or ruled in for the Arlington Handicap at this time.


Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly two years ago, must be considered as possible for the Grade III Modesty Handicap July 12 after breezing five-eighths in :58.60 Saturday morning at Arlington with Florent Geroux aboard.

Considered as probable at this time for the Modesty – final major local prep for Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. on Aug. 9 – are Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Lady, runner-up in Churchill’s Grade III Mint Julep June 14; James Gallagher’s Barbette, winner of Arlington’s $53,700 Possibly Perfect Stakes June 22; Iron County Farms’ Ciao, eighth in the Mint Julep; Carolyn Warren’s Demisemiquaver, second in the Possibly Perfect; Augustin Stable’s Forever Together, third in Belmont’s Grade I Just a Game June 7; and Hurstland Farm’s Kiss With a Twist, third in the Mint Julep.

Also probable for the Modesty: George Bates’ Labar, fourth in Arlington’s $97,350 Lincoln Heritage Handicap June 21; Ron Beegle’s Lemon Chiffon, fourth In Hollywood’s $75,000 Redondo Beach Stakes June 7; J. R. Lewis’s On Safari, beaten three lengths in Canterbury’s $50,000 Minnesota HBPA Mile June 14; and Robert Hovelson’s Swingit, a winner in allowance company at Churchill June 22.


Chrysalis Stables’ Silverfoot, winner of Friday’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Handicap at Arlington, came out of the race in good order and is now in a position to try and become the first horse in history to accomplish a sweep of the Stars and Stripes and Arlington Million.

“He’s doing absolutely super this morning,” said Arlington-based trainer Leigh Bentley, who saddled Silverfoot Friday for Kentucky-based trainer Dallas Stewart.

“He’s a very happy horse as usual,” said Bentley. “We had a wonderful day yesterday.”


Bill Hoffman’s “Exotic Animal Show” will be the headline attraction during Arlington’s Family Day Sunday, presented by the Daily Herald.

Those in attendance will get to watch as the animals go through a lively assortment of tricks and routines, with show times scheduled at 1, 2, and 3 pm.

Also on Sunday, members of the Junior Jockey Club will be reminded that Thoroughbreds have to go to the dentist when they learn how horses get their teeth taken care of by an equine dentist.

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