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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/20/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


The highest Arlington Park High 5 carryover pool to date – a whopping $51,464 – will now be made available in Thursday’s eighth race after three horses were scratched from Wednesday’s finale.

Due to the unprecedented high carryover pool recorded when no one correctly picked the first five finishers in order in Sunday’s last race, Thursday’s High 5 wager is expected to have an estimated pool of $100,000.

Although Wednesday’s last race still had eight horses listed to go the post after scratch time, there was an uncoupled entry in the race that necessitated the High 5 cancellation as specified in Illinois racing rules.

Post time for Thursday’s eight-race program is slated for 1:20 pm Central.

Introduced this year as Arlington Park’s newest wager, the High 5 has proved extremely successful. The minimum wager is $1, but fans must pick the first five finishers in order in the specified race – usually the last race of the day.

There are no partial payoffs, so if no one correctly picks all five horses in the correct order, the pool is carried over to the next designated High 5 race.


Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher had James Scatourchio’s Attempted Humor sent over Arlington’s firm turf course Wednesday morning to register a bullet half-mile breeze in :50.40.

Attempted Humor, who has won his last two starts over Arlington’s Polytrack but has never raced on grass, is being prepared for a possible start in Arlington’s $50,000 Honor Glide Stakes for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs over the local lawn Sept. 6.

The son of Distorted Humor out of an A. P. Indy mare worked in company with two-time Grade III stakes winner Roshani, owned by Ben McElroy, who registered the same time on the clockers’ tab.

Roshani, who has not started since winning Pimlico’s Grade III Gallorette Handicap during Preakness week of 2007, has no specified engagement at this time.

Pletcher, whose Chicago string is handled by Irish-born assistant Michael Dilger, also has Green Hills Farm’s Base Commander slated for Saturday’s 12th running of the $200,000 Arlington Sprint at five and a half furlongs on the turf.

Like Attempted Humor, Base Commander has never raced on the grass, but was second by a nose in Turfway’s Grade III Kentucky Cup Sprint last Sept. 29.


Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott had two fillies breezing together over Arlington’s grass Wednesday morning under the guidance of his Chicago-based assistant Rudolph Brisset.

Zayat Stables’ Meredith Bee, a 4-year-old daughter of El Corredor; and Monticule’s Bound To, a sophomore daughter of Boundary; were clocked for the half-mile distance in :51, with the “dogs” well out from the rail.

Meredith Bee, who has run indifferently in two starts over Arlington’s Polytrack this summer, is being penciled in for a start over the local lawn during the first week of September.

“She looks like she wants to try something new,” said Brisset after training hours, “so we will try her on turf now.

“As for the 3-year-old (Bound To),” added Brisset, “we just got her here from Saratoga, where she ran in a 1 1/16-mile turf race Aug. 3. That looked to be a little too long for her, so now we’re going to try her on turf at a shorter distance here.”


The Scarlet Stable of Rose and Chris Barney and trainer Roger Brueggemann teamed up for an owner-trainer double Sunday at Arlington, winning the opener with Foxie’s Boy and the eighth race with Miss Classified.

Conditioner Chris Block had a training double on the same program, saddling Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak to take the fifth and Team Block’s Lakeway to score in the featured seventh race of the afternoon.

Jockey Eddie Razo had a back-to-back riding double on the same program, and Jose Ferrer also had two winners on the day.

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