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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/14/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Arlington Park jockey Jesse Campbell, injured in a spill on Arlington-Washington Lassie Day Sept. 6, has been named to ride three mounts on Thursday’s program at the Northwest Chicago oval.

“I’m going to try and ride Thursday and see how I feel,” said Campbell Saturday afternoon. “I’d like to try and ride three Thursday and two or three Friday, and maybe more than Saturday because it’s a stakes day.”

Campbell’s injuries were originally expected to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks, but the Lake Zurich native feels he has responded well to the daily physical therapy he has undergone for the last week.

“I’ve got a very small tear in my rotator cuff and a tiny hairline fracture in my collarbone,” Campbell said. “I’m still pretty sore, but the soreness is getting a little better every day so by Thursday I expect to be in pretty good shape. Also, the doctor told me I couldn’t hurt anything any further by riding unless I fell right on that same shoulder again.

“I might as well go ahead and ride,” concluded Campbell. “It’s only a couple of more weeks before I go on my honeymoon (the jockey will be married to Arlington event manager Allyson Morrissey in Barrington Sept. 28), and then I won’t ride again until Fair Grounds anyway.”


Catalano Racing Stable’s Jose Adan crossed under the wire first by a neck in Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity before being disqualified and placed second, but he was moving fastest of all at the time and appeared to be the best horse in the race.

That had Arlington’s leading trainer Wayne Catalano still smarting Sunday morning during training hours when talking about the double disqualification that cost Jose Adan the win.

“At the top of the stretch I was well outside everyone else,” said Catalano. “They came out to where I was first in the stretch before my horse came back in. I think that upset my horse’s rhythm. He was doing fine on his own out there until all that happened.

“These horses are babies,” said Catalano. “They are still learning what racing is all about and little things upset them. I admit we came in and kissed with that other horse right near the wire, but I don’t think that would have happened if they’d left us alone out there. If you look at the replay, you can see that when we came in late, we were just returning to the same path we were in before they carried us out. Also, we were moving faster than all of them at the wire.”

Jose Adan, named for Catalano’s nephew, is a son of Crypto Star, who Catalano trained to win Fair Grounds’ Grade II Louisiana Derby and Oaklawn’s Grade II Arkansas Derby in 1997 before finishing fifth in that spring’s Kentucky Derby.

Did Catalano see any resemblance between the father and the son?

“Yes, they are very similar,” said Catalano, “but I honestly think this horse is a little better than ‘Crypto.’ We had a lot of bad luck with him in the Derby that year. First of all, we could have used a little more speed up front to run at that day, and he also was handicapped by a bad post position. Then we got beat a nose for fourth that day, and in those days they only paid back to fourth.”


Arlington Park’s second season of Polytrack did its job during Saturday’s Arlington-Washington Futurity Day program when the surface played fast despite almost seven inches of rain in a 24-hour period at nearby O’Hare International Airport.

Despite six of the 12 races being originally carded for the grass before the heavy rainfall, there were only 18 scratches among the 114 horses entered in the body of the 12 races – all of which were moved the synthetic surface. Those scratches were mitigated to some degree with three “main track only” horses drawing in to compete – leaving 99 runners in 12 races.


Jockey Jamie Theriot was credited with a riding “hat trick” Saturday at Arlington while jockey E. T. Baird and trainer Tom Proctor both visited the winner’s circle twice during the course of the 12-race program.

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