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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/30/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


European-based horses finished one-two-three in this summer’s Grade I Arlington Million, and one-two in Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes on that same afternoon, but apparently once was not enough. Now the British have sent one more invader to America in advance of Arlington’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept. 6.

Upcoming on the Arlington graded stakes turf stage is a Jazz Jam. She’s a British-bred sophomore filly owned by Faisal Salman and trained by Paul Cole in Great Britain, but will probably run in the name of British-born but American-based trainer Graham Motion when she goes to the post in the Pucker Up. The $200,000 race is restricted to 3-year-old fillies and run at nine furlongs over Arlington’s world famous turf course.

Jazz Jam finished second by a length and a quarter going a mile and an eighth in her last start at Goodwood July 30 after making the pace in all but the last 100 yards. Since then she has crossed the Atlantic, cleared quarantine at Saratoga and is expected to leave upstate New York by van late Monday night on her journey to Chicago – arriving at Arlington late Tuesday night. To date, the daughter of the British sire Pivotal has won twice in 10 lifetime starts.


Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz, heroine of last year’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie as a 2-year-old, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 Saturday morning in advance of next Saturday’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes over the grass course here.

“She went good,” said Arlington’s leading trainer Wayne Catalano of the morning move. “As of right now, she’s running in the Pucker Up.”

In her last trip to the post Aug. 2, Dreaming of Liz made the pace in the Grade III Arlington Oaks over the local Polytrack at nine furlongs but weakened in the final furlong to finish second by a length. Before that on July 5 at Arlington she won the $53,300 Sweetest Chant Stakes at that same distance on Polytrack.

The daughter of El Prado out of 1997 Arlington-Washington Lassie winner Silver Maiden has made one previous appearance on the turf, finishing sixth in Arlington’s $200,000 American 1000 Guineas May 24 after gaining the advantage at the furlong marker.

During training hours Friday, Catalano breezed Calabrese’s Prime Realestate five furlongs in a minute flat in advance of next Saturday’s $50,000 Honor Glide Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and an eighth over the local lawn.

“He went good, too,” said Catalano, “and he’s running, too.”

Prime Realestate participated in all three legs of this summer’s Mid-America Triple, finishing second in the $150,000 Arlington Classic, sixth in the Grade II American Derby, and fourth in the Grade I Secretariat.

Also owned by Calabrese, trained by Catalano, and on the nominations list for next weekend’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie is their juvenile filly Sugar Mom, who broke her maiden at last asking July 23 when racing for a $40,000 tag.

“I don’t think she’s good enough for that one (the Lassie) right now,” said Catalano. “We nominated her but we haven’t been able to find another race for her (before the Lassie).”


Werthheimer et Frère’s Lucky Copy breezed a half-mile in :47 Saturday morning in probable preparation for the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes Sept. 6.

Lucky Copy, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song conditioned by the nation’s defending Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, won the $55,000 Hatoof Stakes as a prep for the Pucker Up that was run on Arlington Million Day Aug. 9.


Trainer Francine Faraci-Walder, who had won two races from nine starters prior to Friday’s 10th race at Arlington, made up for lost time by saddling Tidy Up and Due East to finish first and second in the last race of the twilight racing program.

Skip Cheesman, Fred Settle, Sugar Daddy Stables and Faraci-Walder own Tidy Up, while Sugar Daddy Stables and Faraci-Walder share ownership of Due East.

Faraci-Walder now boasts three wins, two seconds and one third-place finish from 13 starters this summer at the local session.

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