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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/7/08)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

NO BROKEN BONES FOR JOCKEY JESSE – MORE TESTS SUNDAY

Veteran Arlington Park jockey Jesse Campbell, currently second in the Arlington standings, did not suffer any fractures as a result of his Saturday spill in the $54,600 Honor Glide Stakes but remained hospitalized at Northwest Community Hospital Sunday morning pending the completion of further tests.

“Nothing is broken, but he’s still in the hospital for additional testing today,” said Campbell’s agent Dennis Cooper during Sunday training hours at Arlington. “He’s still suffering neck and shoulder pain, and will undergo an MRI as well as some other tests before he is released.”

Campbell, 30, who grew up in nearby Lake Zurich, was transported to the hospital Saturday after his mount Gangbuster stumbled after clipping heels during the running of the Honor Glide Stakes and unseated the jockey.

LASSIE WINNER C. S. SILK SAFELY BACK AT CHURCHILL SUNDAY

William Pacella, George Bonomo and Fred Barbara’s C. S. Silk, who won Saturday’s 74th running of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes by an impressive six-length margin, has safely returned to her Churchill Downs home base and was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Dale Romans.

“She seems fine today,” said Romans, speaking over the phone from Louisville Sunday morning. “If everything continues to go well with her, we will continue to point her toward the (Grade I) Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies.).”

The most recent Lassie winner to capture Arlington Park’s main event for 2-year-old fillies and then go on to capture the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies was the late Allen Paulson’s Eliza, who swept both events in 1992 on her way to Eclipse Award honors.

CLOSEOUT COMES UP ROSES FOLLOWING PUCKER UP SCORE

Glen Hill Farm’s Closeout, half-length heroine of Saturday’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington, was doing well Sunday morning, according to Nicky Carrello, assistant to trainer Tom Proctor.

“She’s perfect today,” said Carrello outside Barn 14 on Sunday morning. “She really has a big heart to get there from (more than) six lengths back at the eighth pole. She’s had a couple of hard races but I think they’re going to go to Keeneland with her (for the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Oct. 11.) That will be it for the year for her since she’s not going to the Breeders’ Cup.”

MY DOMINICK JAMES BREEZES FOR SATURDAY’S FUTURITY

My Dominick James, an undefeated 2-year-old gelding who has won two stakes in three career starts, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 at Arlington Sept. 6 in preparation for this Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity.

“He worked super,” said trainer Larry Rivelli of the juvenile owned by Rivelli in partnership with Richard Ravin. “He worked faster and faster as the work got longer and longer.”

The upcoming local Futurity is Arlington’s main event for 2-year-olds, while the Sept. 6 Arlington-Washington Lassie is Arlington’s traditional showcase event restricted to 2-year-old fillies.

Rivelli entered Ravin Maniac, owned by that same partnership, in the Lassie but scratched the filly on race day morning.

“I just could not get over that (#13) post position, that’s why I scratched her” said Rivelli Sunday morning. “We’d already beat the horse that finished second (in the Lassie), but I don’t know that we would have beat the winner.”

JOSE ADAN BREEZES SUNDAY: SATURDAY’S FUTURITY POSSIBLE

Catalano Racing Stable’s Jose Adan breezed five furlongs in 1:00 Sunday morning in possible preparation for Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity.

“We don’t know yet if we’re going to run in there (the Futurity),” said Catalano Sunday following the move, after which the gelding galloped out in 1:12 with jockey Brandon Meier up, “but everything is on schedule so far.”

Jose Adan, bred by the trainer and his wife Renee, is undefeated in two starts and is named for Catalano’s nephew.

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