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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/19/08)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
With the Grade I Arlington Million, the Grade I Beverly D. and the Grade I Secretariat Stakes three weeks away on Aug. 9, Chicago racing fans should become familiar with the name of trainer John Sadler.
The California conditioner, leading trainer at the recently concluded Hollywood Park meeting, will saddle the Irish-bred Whatsthescript, owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, in Sunday’s Grade I Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar. Should that Grade II American Handicap hero come back to make it two graded stake in a row this weekend, a trip to the Midwest for Arlington Million XXVI would seem to be a strong possibility.
Sadler, born in Long Beach, California and a current resident of Pasadena, will turn 52 years of age July 30, and already has the New Zealand-bred Black Mamba penciled in for the $750,000 Beverly D. as the Arlington Million’s sister race. That 5-year-old mare, owned by Double Down Stables, took down winning honors in Hollywood’s Grade II Beverly Hills Handicap June 29 after missing by a nose when runner-up in Santa Anita’s Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap April 19.
Black Mamba is an original nominee to the upcoming Beverly D., but Sadler would have to pay a $2,000 late nomination fee (due on his birthday) to make Whatsthescript eligible to the Arlington Million.
Interesting, Rising Sun Racing Stable’s Warning Zone, who Sadler saddled to capture Hollywood’s Grade II Sunset Handicap July 13, is an original nominee to the upcoming Million as the annual highlight of Chicago’s Thoroughbred racing season.
Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael, hero of Arlington’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap last summer, breezed seven furlongs in 1:28 over Arlington’s Polytrack Saturday morning in preparation for his first start of the year in the $150,000 Sea o’ Erin July 26.
The Sea o’ Erin, run at one mile over Arlington’s world famous turf course, would be Lewis Michael’s first turf start since a third-level allowance race win over Gulfstream’s grass in March of 2007.
However, the 5-year-old son of the good grass sire Rahy broke his maiden over the local lawn in September of 2005, won Churchill’s $71,000 Grand Canyon Handicap – again on grass – in November of that year and was third in Calder’s Grade III Tropical Park Derby over turf on New Year’s Day of 2006.
Lewis Michael has not started since showing no response over Monmouth’s sloppy main track in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Oct. 26.
Two top turf sprinters stand out among the 26 nominations to Arlington’s $50,000 Taylor’s Special, to be contested at five and a half furlongs on the Arlington grass July 26.
After winning Canterbury’s $250,000 Turf Sprint Handicap April 26, Balkrisna Sukharan’s Lookinforthesecret came right back to take the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes one month later, and then just missed in Assiniboa’s $50,000 Free Press Stakes June 15.
Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management’s Mr. Nightlinger has won three straight, including an allowance race at Churchill June 18 in his most recent start. Previously the Bret Calhoun trainee captured the Grade III Turf Sprint at the Twin Spires oval May 2 on Kentucky Oaks Day, and Keeneland’s Grade III Shakertown before that on April 13.
Members of the Chicago Fire, the Windy City’s major league soccer team, will be on hand Sunday to provide an extra kick to Arlington’s seventh annual “Fiesta in the Park.”
Among the highlights of the team members’ appearance will be a chance to win an autographed official Fire team jersey.
Members of the Junior Jockey Club will get to meet members of Arlington Park’s jockey colony Sunday, as well as have an opportunity to get their pictures taken with the riders and get their autographs.
In addition, the first 300 Junior Jockey Club members in attendance will receive a free pair of authentic jockey goggles.
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