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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/13/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz, winner of last fall’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie and runner-up in this month’s Grade III Arlington Oaks – both on Polytrack – breezed five-eighths in 1:02.60 over Arlington Park’s world famous turf course Wednesday morning in probable preparation for the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept. 6.

Jockey Junior Alvarado was aboard for Wednesday’s breeze, and galloped out the daughter of El Prado out of Silver Maiden in 1:15.60 for three-quarters.

“That work this morning was a beautiful thing,” said trainer Wayne Catalano shortly after the move, accomplished over firm going with the “dogs” well out from the rail. “Now, the Pucker Up is what we will be shooting for.”

The $200,000 Pucker Up, restricted to 3-year-old fillies, is contested at nine furlongs over the local lawn and will be run on the same afternoon as this year’s Lassie.

Dreaming of Liz, however, has made only one start on grass in her career, finishing sixth in the inaugural running of Arlington’s $200,000 American 1000 Guineas May 24.

“We got to throw that race out,” said Catalano of the 1000 Guineas. “She almost went down the start and then grabbed her right shoe and tore it off. That’s why we wanted to see how she went on the grass this morning. She looked real good going over it.”

Also breezing for Catalano Wednesday morning – a half-mile on the Polytrack in a bullet :47 – was Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael, winner of last summer’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park.

“He worked super,” said Catalano, who was then asked if Lewis Michael might be considered for the $200,000 Arlington Sprint Aug. 23?

“I don’t know,” Catalano said. “We (members of the Calabrese council) are in the middle of that right now.”


Richard Ravin and Larry Rivelli’s My Dominick James, who broke his maiden at Arlington Park June 8 and then captured Iowa’s $50,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile July 5, worked five furlongs handily in a bullet :59 at Arlington Wednesday morning in long-range preparation for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 13.

“That’s the plan,” said trainer Larry Rivelli, in reference to Arlington’s $200,000 Futurity, the main event for 2-year-olds at Chicago’s northwest suburban oval. “I may take him down to Fairmount before then for an Illinois-bred stakes they have Aug. 26 ($45,000 Troy Our Boy Stakes) as a prep for the Futurity.

“This horse is a monster,” Ravelli reiterated shortly after Wednesday’s move, done partially in company with Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael, winner of last year’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap. “We went head-to-head with Lewis Michael this morning. He got away from us a little bit at the end, but he’s been around a little longer than my horse has. If he continues to move forward the way I think he will, we will take a look at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile at Santa Anita Oct. 25.”

Rivelli, who bred My Dominick James in partnership, also has three 2-year-old fillies that are possibilities for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie Sept. 6. They are Richard Ravin and Rivelli’s Ravin Maniac, a winner in allowance company ranks at Arlington Aug. 7; Ravin’s Streamin Heat, winner of Del Mar’s CTBA Stakes July 18; and Additional Prayer, who won Calder’s $55,000 J J’sdream Stakes July 12 when racing in the silks of Janet Erwin and Terry Oliver.

“I’ve been concentrating on racing 2-year-olds lately,” said Rivelli, “and so far it seems to be working out pretty well for me.”


Arlington’s initial handicapping contest Round #7 will be held Saturday, featuring cash prizes and the ability to qualify for the Championship Round on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Handicappers may enter by purchasing a $100 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club on Saturday, the final day to qualify for the finals next month.

However, any contest participant who beats the local “pro” handicappers – Joe Kristufek, Ron Uchman, Scott McMannis and Marcus Hersh – will also earn 5,000 Twin Spires Club bonus points for each “pro” they beat in the final round of Saturday’s contest.

Also on Saturday, McMannis will host a handicapping seminar beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Starting Gate Theatre.

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