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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/3/08)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
World traveler Archipenko, one of three European invaders serving as star attractions for Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million, arrived at Arlington late Friday night and cleared quarantine in time to stretch his legs over Arlington’s training track mid-morning Sunday.
South African trainer Mike de Kock’s assistant Trevor Brown was aboard for Archipenko’s Sunday morning exercise.
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa and Dr. A. H. Parker, Archipenko won Hong Kong’s Group I Queen Elizabeth II Cup last April and most recently Great Britain’s Group II Summer Mile Stakes last month in a tune-up for Arlington Million XXVI.
The Arlington Million, slated at a mile and a quarter over Arlington’s world famous turf course, will be run along with the $750,000 Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes as part of Saturday’s one-day International Festival of Racing.
Saturday’s three Grade I races are the only Grade I events run in Illinois on an annual basis and make up the showcase afternoon of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
After arriving from Paris on an Air France equine charter to O’Hare International Airport late Saturday night, Arlington Million prospect Spirit One completed his journey to Arlington Park by van, entering the stable gate around midnight.
Owned and bred by Kamel Chehboub in France, Spirit One most recently finished second by three-quarters of a length in the Group III La Coupe Stakes on June 14 at Longchamp, but before that set a strong pace in the Group I Prix Ganay April 27 before tiring late when fourth behind Duke of Marmalade, one of Europe’s best this year with four straight Group I wins.
Dreaming of Anna, Chicagoan Frank Calabrese’s homebred 2006 Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly, breezed seven furlongs in 1:24.40 Sunday morning over the Arlington Polytrack in preparation for Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the sister race to Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million.
“She worked very well,” said trainer Wayne Catalano, aboard for the breeze. “She worked good, she came back good, and she cooled out good. So far, we’re right on schedule.”
Dreaming of Anna, who galloped out the mile in 1:39.20, accomplished the move with earlier splits clocked in :11.60, :24.40, :36.40, :48.40, 1:00.40 and 1:12.20.
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s Winchester, one of two European-based sophomore colts scheduled for Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes, is now due in Chicago Monday mid-morning on an Air France charter from Paris.
Winchester, trained by Ireland’s all-time leading trainer Dermot Weld, was originally scheduled for a Sunday flight before the latest change, while Weld has won Arlington’s Grade II American Derby three times but has never saddled a winner of the Secretariat.
Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut, pre-entered in Saturday’s Grade I Arlington Million but cross entered in Sunday’s Grade II Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, was scratched out of the $150,000 Fourstardave Sunday morning and appears increasingly likely to contest the Arlington Million.
Cosmonaut, now trained by Carlos Martin, won the Grade III Arlington Handicap in 2006 and 2007 but finished second in this summer’s renewal contested over soft going July 12.
Jockey Jesse Campbell posted back-to-back riding doubles Friday and Saturday at Arlington to pad his margin as the current runner-up in the Arlington Park jockey standings, while defending champion Rene Douglas remains the runaway leader once again.
Campbell, 30, son of trainer Mike Campbell and twin brother of fellow jockey Joel Campbell, was raised in nearby Lake Zurich, Illinois.
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