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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/4/08)
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In today's notes:
All’s well that ends well – and that’s the way it worked out for Arlington jockey Tim Thornton following his apparently wasted weekend trip to Delaware Park.
Thornton, a 21-year-old native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, flew from Chicago to Philadelphia to ride Ron Frankel, Gerald Frankel and Michael Coit’s Sagaponack in Delaware’s Grade III Kent Stakes last Saturday.
“(Sagaponack) couldn’t handle that grass course there at all,” said Thornton of the Mike Stidham trainee who bobbled leaving the chute and finished ninth, “but on my flight back Sunday morning, things got really interesting.
“I figured I’d be back in plenty of time to ride (Sunday’s) Daily Double,” said Thornton, “but the plane was 45 minutes late leaving for no apparent reason, and then when we got airborne they made an announcement that something was wrong with the plane and we’d have to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh.
“That had some of the passengers upset,” said Thornton, “but then they made a second announcement that we would swoop over the airport and circle back one time before landing to make sure the landing equipment was working properly.
“That got a lot of people freaking out,” added Thornton, “but after we finally did land without any problems, I can tell you that there were a whole lot of people on the ground waiting for us that wearing those silver fire-repellent suits that look like space suits.
“I missed my mounts in both of the first two races,” Thornton concluded, “but I got to Arlington as they were running the third, and just in time to ride my mount (Frank Calabrese’s Hiway Sixty West) in the fourth.”
Hiway Sixty West led throughout, winning the maiden claiming sprint by two and a-half lengths for leading trainer Wayne Catalano, to give Thornton his 28th victory at the meeting.
Frank Calabrese’s Prime Realestate, who closed willingly to gain the fourth spot in Arlington Park’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes as the final leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple on Aug. 9, has been tabbed as the tepid 3-1 choice in Saturday’s $50,000 Honor Glide Stakes at Arlington.
The Honor Glide, named for the last horse to win Arlington’s Mid-America Triple, is restricted to 3-year-olds and will be run at nine furlongs over the local lawn as a supporting stakes on a banner program that also includes the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie for 2-year-old fillies as well as the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
Earlier this summer, Prime Realestate finished second in the $150,000 Arlington Classic and sixth in the Grade II American Derby as the first two legs of the Mid-America Triple.
Arlington’s all-time leading rider – Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires – gets the riding assignment on Prime Realestate, who is conditioned by Arlington’s defending champion trainer Wayne Catalano.
Jim Ford Inc.’s Robscarvic, 9-2 in the Honor Glide morning line, may be the one to beat. The Irish-bred invades from California and includes a fourth-place run in Hollywood’s Grade III Cinema Handicap and a fifth in Hollywood’s Grade II Will Rogers Stakes among his more impressive outings. Arlington’s leading rider Rene Douglas is named to handle the reins aboard the Donald Chatlos Jr. trainee.
Completing the Honor Glide field is Joseph Novogratz’ Snoose Goose, Rafael Bejarano; Skychal Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Cherokee Triangle, Victor Lebron; Barry Golden and Peter Callahan’s Sr. Henry, Jamie Theriot; Mount Joy Stable’s Lemon Spice, Junior Alvarado; Allhouse Racing Stable’s Gangbuster, Jesse Campbell; James Scatuorchio’s Attempted Humor, Garrett Gomez; Louise I. and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Veiled Prophet, James Graham; and Thomas Fedro Sr. and Team Block’s Free Fighter, Robby Albarado.
100% Racing Stable’s Gone Theatrical, a winner of her last start over Arlington’s world-famous turf course July 27, breezed :53.40 over the local lawn which was listed as “good” Wednesday morning while the “dogs” were well out from the rail.
Gone Theatrical, trained by Austin Smith, was breezing for Saturday’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at nine furlongs over the Arlington grass.
Breezing three-eighths over the grass Wednesday morning in :36 was Barry Golden and Peter Callahan’s Sr. Henry in advance of Saturday’s $50,000 Honor Glide Stakes.
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