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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/11/08)
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Apprentice jockey Inez Karlsson made Arlington Park history Thursday – becoming the first female rider to ride four winners on a single program at Chicago’s premier oval.
“Everything’s starting to come together for me, now,” said Karlsson at the end of the afternoon. “I’m getting stronger every day, I’m getting a better sense of pace each time I go out there, and these guys here (other members of the Arlington jockey colony) are making me better, too. You make a mistake against these guys and they’ll get you everytime.
“As long as my horses keep running like this, I’ll be happy,” said Karlsson. “Mr. Kirby, Mr. Block and Mr. Mitchell all put me on good horses today.”
Karlsson, 23, a former boxer in her native Sweden, lit up the tote board with a $62.60 win price aboard Thundering Mick’s Mr. Cooley in the third for trainer Tony Mitchell; came right back in the fourth at $13 on Team Block’s Death Valley, the Chris Block trainee who gave Karlsson her first career winner last Sept. 12; returned to the winner’s circle after the sixth on Gary and Beth Leverton’s Stanley G. at $31 straight for trainer Frank Kirby; and got her fourth win in the finale astride Sweet Darlene, giving the Levertons and Kirby an owner-trainer double.
Former South African-born Arlington jockey Zoe Cadman, who helped Karlsson in the initial stages of her career, sent a text-messaged note about Karlsson’s record-breaking feat.
“I once won three races in a row on a single day at Arlington,” said Cadman, “but I never had a four-win day.”
Robert Costigan’s Great War Eagle, who has been campaigned solely on the Emerald Isle in five career starts, will remain in the United States following a Saturday start in Arlington’s Grade II American Derby, but will be transferred to the barn of Irish-born but American-based trainer David Carroll.
The American Derby, now a designed prep for Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 9, is one of three graded races to make up Saturday’s Million Preview Day at Arlington.
Also on the program, the Grade III Arlington Handicap and the Grade III Modesty Handicap will serve as the final local preps for the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes respectively as part of Arlington’s International Festival of Racing on the second Saturday in August.
Great War Eagle, a son of Storm Cat out of the Seeking the Gold mare Cash Run, finished second in the Group III Ballycorus Stakes over the Leopardstown lawn in his last start June 11, and was also runner-up in the Group III EBF Tetrarch Stakes at The Curragh May 5.
Carroll, who saddled Mr. and Mrs. William Warren’s Denis of Cork to a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and runner-up finish in the Belmont Stakes last month, has become increasingly prominent on American soil this spring as a result of his Triple Crown profile.
“Bob Costigan (Great War Eagle’s new owner) lives in Vancouver, now,” said Carroll, speaking over the phone from New York, “but like me he was born in Ireland, where we actually went to high school together. We’ve been friends all our lives. Bob just bought this horse with the idea of bringing him over here. His pedigree suggests he might like synthetic surfaces – in fact, he broke his maiden over the Polytrack surface at Dundalk last year.”
S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Laud, trained by Christine Janks, broke her maiden by getting up in the late stages of Thursday’s seventh race at Arlington under a well-judged ride by jockey Chris Emigh.
Laud, a daughter of Honour and Glory, is a half-sister to 2006 Modesty Handicap heroine Chic Dancer, another Brilie Partnership home-bred trained by Janks and ridden by Emigh.
Janks was the leader in purses earned by Arlington trainers in 2006, while Emigh was that season’s Arlington jockey champion.
Ashbrook Farm’s Wicked Style, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity last September and Keeneland’s Grade I Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity in October, returns to Arlington for the first time this season in Sunday’s ninth race.
Wicked Style, trained by “Rusty” Arnold, most recently finished fifth behind Tizdejavu in Churchill’s grassy Grade II Jefferson Cup June 14.
Tizdejavu is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II American Derby, middle leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.
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