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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/17/08)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

COWGIRL’ CHALLENGES ‘PRAYER’ IN NICOLE’S DREAM

Ride Em Cowgirl, owned by the Ol Memorial Stable of basketball coach Rick Pitino and C. E. Glasscock, will challenge Winning Stables Inc.’s Bucky’s Prayer to a game of “horse” Saturday in Arlington Park’s featured $50,000 Nicole’s Dream Stakes for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf.

The highlighted grass dash has attracted an overflow field 14 members of the distaff set, including two also-eligibles.

After winning an optional claiming race at Arlington in her grass debut May 31 following 11 main track starts, the 4-year-old filly Ride Em Cowgirl returned to the turf in Virginia where she ran second in Colonial Downs’ $60,000 Buckland Stakes June 21 in her most recent trip to the post.

Based on those two outings, Ride Em Cowgirl, trained by Churchill’s spring meeting leading trainer Tom Amoss, has been installed as the 4-1 second choice in Saturday’s morning-line behind the favored 6-year-old mare Bucky’s Prayer, who is slated at 3-1.

Bucky’s Prayer, a veteran of 12 turf starts and conditioned by Gerald Bennett, won Pennsylvania’s $100,000 Satin and Lace at Presque Isle Downs at last asking May 31 after being idle since a win over the Gulfstream grass April 18.

Coming to Arlington for the riding assignment on Bucky’s Prayer is regular rider Luis Gonzalez, while Arlington veteran jockey Eddie Razo, aboard locally for Ride Em Cowgirl’s grass bow, returns in the saddle for this sprint.

Among those capable of providing strong competition for the top two are Arbaway Farm’s Pretty Jenny and Bob and Nancy Bartels’ Bluesbdancing, both multiple veterans of Arlington’s Prairie State Festival competitions. Five-time Arlington jockey champion Rene Douglas gets the mount on Bluesbdancing, while Chris Emigh, Arlington’s leading rider in 2006, returns as the regular rider for Pretty Jenny.

Completing the Nicole’s Dream field are Team Block’s Secret Kin; Wayne McFarland’s Straight Laced; Eagle Valley Farm and Seamus Haran’s Salt Syn; Hondo Ranch’s Twin Buttes; Orion Stables’ Summer Recital; William Carl’s High Heritage; Tim Lilly, Kathleen Brown and Anna Marcie’s Bewitching Miss; Bonnie and Sy Baskin’s Featherbed; as well as the two also eligibles – Rick Leesley’s Miss Greenley and Fab Oak Stable and Lewis Lakin’s Itsawonderfullife.

HANDICAPPING SEMINAR SLATED SATURDAY AT ARLINGTON PARK

This Saturday, the next event in Arlington Park’s Handicapping Seminar Series features Chicago Sun-Times handicapper Scott McMannis.

The seminar will be held from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm in the Starting Gate Theatre, and following the seminar, McMannis will stay on hand to help fans hone their handicapping.

‘FIESTA IN THE PARK’ FEATURED SUNDAY AT ARLINGTON

Arlington Park and MST Latino invite you to join the seventh annual “Fiesta in the Park” this Sunday, an event that celebrates the heritage and culture of the Latino community and their contributions to Thoroughbred horse racing.

The family event, which begins in the Park Area when the gates open at 11:15 am, will be seasoned with traditional Latin American food and Latin American music, including Mariachi bands and Latin dance exhibitions.

RENE TRIPLES WEDNESDAY; BRANDON BOASTS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLES

Leading rider Rene Douglas, Arlington’s defending jockey champion and the only reinsman in Arlingotn history to win four straight local riding titles, rode three winners Wednesday to pad his almost insurmountable lead in this year’s standings with half of the summer season remaining.

Leading local apprentice jockey Brandon Meier, currently sixth in the overall standings, rode two winners Wednesday for his second straight Arlington racing day double.

Trainer Mike Dini saddled two winners Wednesday to accomplish his first training double at the current session, and Michael Dilger, assistant to Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, saddled two winners Wednesday on behalf of the national defending champion conditioner.

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