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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/11/08)
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Can Joseph Rauch and David Zell’s Capt. Candyman Can justify his 5-2 morning line favoritism in Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity?
Dr. Rauch, 65, an emergency physician living in Umatilla, Florida, who has dabbled in Thoroughbred ownership since graduating from medical school, is keeping his fingers crossed.
Capt. Candyman Can has only run once, and wasn’t expected to do much in that race. He went to the post at nearly 20-1 in that Saratoga start on Aug. 13, and Rauch stayed in Florida to watch the race on TVG.
“Ian (trainer Wilkes) made it clear that we were not to expect too much that day,” said Rauch. “He doesn’t have a good win record with first-time starters because he likes them to get educated first. So there we were in Florida watching the race on TV and the horse draws off to win by more than seven lengths. None of us even had a $2 bet on him, but he had us dancing around the living room so much the grandkids came downstairs to see what all the fuss was about.
“I’ve waited 40 years to own a horse like this,” Rauch said. “I am fantastically excited about this one after that last race. I caught the horse racing bug as a fan and a handicapper when I was still a student, and bought into my first horse named Code Blue right in 1970. She won for us, but she wasn’t that good a horse.”
How did Capt. Candyman Can get his name?
“Well, as a son of Candy Ride, I was trying to come up with a good name for him,” said Rauch. “When I was about to fall asleep one night, the old Sammy Davis Jr. song came into my head, so when I woke up the next morning, I went on the internet to see what was available. ‘Candyman’ was taken, and so was ‘Candyman Can.’ However, shortly after that I came up with the idea of Capt. Candyman Can. I liked the way that sounded even better.”
Will Rauch be here Saturday to see his youngster’s second career start in Arlington’s main event for 2-year-olds?
“Absolutely,” said Rauch. “I’ll be there. My partner will be there, and so will our families. We’re really looking forward to this weekend.”
Capt. Candyman Can arrived at Arlington Wednesday and jogged around the track Thursday morning. Wilkes plans to be in Chicago Saturday to saddle him in the local Futurity.
Was the Australian-born trainer as surprised as most others when Capt. Candyman Can won his career debut with such authority.
“Well, I always thought I had a horse that had talent,” Wilkes said, “but you don’t really know what they’re going to do until you race them.”
The inaugural Arlington Handicapping Challenge concludes Saturday with its Championship Round but is restricted to those who have pre-qualified. However, those individuals are still required to a purchase a $100 contest card for this weekend’s round.
Qualifiers will be competing for $13,000 in cash prizes, a berth in the NTRA/DRF Handicapping National Championship in Las Vegas, berths in the Coast Casino’s Horseplayer World Series and for bragging rights as 2008’s Arlington Park Handicapper of the Year.
JACK-FM (WJMK 104.3) will present the ‘80s cover band “Members Only” this Friday in the Park Area for Arlington’s “Miller Lite Party In The Park.”
Post time for Friday’s weekly twilight racing program, which begins Arlington Heights Community Weekend at Arlington Park, is 2:30 pm.
On Saturday, there will be a race named for the Arlington Heights community that will include a trophy presentation by Mayor Arlene Mulder. Also, residents of Arlington Heights will be offered complementary admission to Arlington throughout the weekend.
Arlington Park has announced that there will be a mandatory payout on the second of two Hi 5 Wagers to be offered on Saturday, Sept. 20 during the penultimate race day of Arlington’s 2008 racing season.
The $1 wager requires bettors to pick the first five finishers of the specified race in order.
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