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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/16/08)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

AMERICAN DERBY RUNNER-UP CONSIDERED FOR SECRETARIAT STAKES

Barry Golden and Peter Callahan’s Sr. Henry, who ran the best race of his career to be clearly second best in the Grade II American Derby July 12, is now under strong consideration for Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 9 as the final leg of the Mid-America Triple.

“We’re going to be nominated,” said Sr. Henry’s trainer Mike Stidham Wednesday morning during training hours, “so we’re going to take a look at it and hopefully run in it.

“This horse has had some difficulties in his last four starts,” said Stidham. “Either traffic problems or pace problems. Saturday’s race (middle leg of the Triple) finally gave him a chance to show what he can do.”

In addition to Sr. Henry’s runner-up finish in the American Derby, Stidham celebrated a training double on the program, saddling Pin Oak Stable’s Sweet Relish to win the seventh with Jesse Campbell up, and coming right back to take the eighth with Golden Racing Stables’ Golden Slammer with Chris Emigh in the irons.

Stidham also is the trainer of the 2-year-old filly Chilukki’s Song, who breezed three furlongs from the gate Wednesday morning in :37.80. The unstarted daughter of Elusive Quality was the last live foal dropped by the multiple graded-stakes winning millionaire Chulukki before that champion mare and her foal of last year both died tragically last year following complications during the birthing process.

“Chilukki’s Song is still three or four weeks away (from her career debut),” said Stidham of his Stonerside homebred juvenile filly.

Chilukki was the Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly champion of 1999.

RECAPTURETHEGLORY READIES FOR WEST VIRGINIA DERBY

Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory, winner of the Grade II Illinois Derby this spring, breezed five furlongs Tuesday at Arlington in 1:01 in preparation for the Grade III West Virginia Derby Aug. 2.

Following his Illinois Derby score, Recapturetheglory finished fifth to Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby May 3, and was then fourth behind Pyro in Churchill’s Grade III Northern Dancer Stakes June 14.

Before shipping back to Louisville for the Northern Dancer, Recapturetheglory had a public work at Arlington June 28, going a half-mile in :48.60 between races that afternoon.

Once again Tuesday morning, assistant trainer Lara Van Deren was aboard for Recapturetheglory’s breeze.

“I worked him yesterday and he worked great,” said Van Deren after Wednesday training hours. “He came back good and he’s doing better than he has been in quite a while.

“We’re thinking about entering him in the West Virginia Derby,” said Van Deren, speaking of Mountaineer’s $750,000 nine-furlong event for 3-year-olds. “As of right now, that’s the plan.”

REDWALLS READY TO RULE ARLINGTON’S PARK AREA FRIDAY EVENING

Arlington Park and WXRT will present a live post race rock concert Friday at 7:30 pm in the Park Area shortly after the last race of the twilight racing program concludes.

The Redwalls, an up-and-coming classic rock group from Deerfield, Illinois, will perform their own songs at the post race show presented by WXRT and hosted by WXRT midday personality Terri Hemmert.

Music fans are welcome to come early and enjoy the Thoroughbred racing action and stay for the concert, and racing fans are welcome to stay after the races and enjoy the concert.

With several albums to their credit, The Redwalls continue to grow in stature. In 2005, the group accompanied Oasis on their UK Tour.

In January of this year the band performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, and in April on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Because of Friday’s post race concert, “Party On The Patio” at Trackside Arlington Park will go on a one-week hiatus before returning Friday, July 25.

However, earlier in the afternoon “Miller Lite Party In The Park” will go on as always, featuring the Beatles tribute band BritBeat. First race Friday and BritBeat’s first song will be at 2:30 pm.

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