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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/17/08)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

BUG BOY BRANDON CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’

Apprentice jockey Brandon Meier, currently leading Arlington’s apprentice ranks with four racing days left in the local season, has packed his tack and headed to California, and should be getting on his first workers at Santa Anita Thursday morning.

“Brandon left me a message at 11:30 this morning,” said Emily Meier, Brandon’s sister and Arlington’s event coordinator early Wednesday afternoon. “At that time, he said he still had 200 miles to go, but he had just passed through Las Vegas.”

Meier, 20, born in nearby Elk Grove Village, had registered 58 wins at Arlington this summer before leaving Chicagoland at 8 am Tuesday as the summer’s fifth leading rider. Two wins in arrears and in sixth position through last Sunday’s standings was fellow apprentice Inez Karlsson, 23, a native of Sweden who is expected to remain in Chicago after Arlington ends its 2008 session this Sunday.

ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY HERO TERRAIN BC-BOUND

Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain, adjudged winner of last weekend’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, is expected to be pointed toward the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, according to trainer Al Stall Jr.

“He did sustain a cut in the race,” Stall said, speaking of the roughly run 73rd renewal of Arlington’s main event for 2-year-olds, “but that appears to be superficial and should not be a problem. We gave him an extra day off after getting back to Lexington, but he will resume training Thursday. Depending on how he trains, we will point toward the Breeders’ Cup.”

Terrain is a gelded son of Sky Mesa, currently North America’s leading sire of 2-year-old winners, and Stall was asked if Terrain’s temperament necessitated his alteration.

“I don’t know anything about that,” said Stall. “That was all done before he came to me. All I can tell you is that during the time I’ve had him, he’s been a nice horse to deal with.”

In addition to the undefeated Terrain, Stall is also the conditioner of Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Quota, half-length heroine of Sunday’s $54,900 Safely Kept Stakes.

“I’ve always thought she (Quota) had black-type quality,” said Stall. “I don’t know what happened to her in that race at Mountaineer, but she’ll make a very nice broodmare. I may run her in (Keeneland’s Grade III) Thoroughbred Club of America (Oct. 4) but she’ll be retired at the end of the year.”

ARLINGTON MILLION WINNER SPIRIT ONE SLATED FOR SANTA ANITA

French-bred and French-based Spirit One, who captured the 25th renewal of the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 9 by three-quarters of a length, will return to the United States this month to use Oak Tree at Santa Anita’s Grade I Goodwood Stakes Sept. 27 as a prep for Santa Anita’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 25.

Owned by Kamel Chehboub, Spirit One returned to France Aug. 11, two days after the Arlington Million, and has not started since.

SPECIAL 2 PM POST TIME FOR ARLINGTON’S FINAL 2008 FRIDAY PROGRAM

Arlington Park racing fans are reminded that a special post time of 2 pm will be in effect this Friday for the final twilight racing program of the northwest Chicago oval’s 2008 racing season, which comes to a close this Sunday.

Live music in the Park Area at the Miller Lite Party In The Park program will be provided by “R-Gang.”

JOCKEY JAMES GRAHAM SCORES SUNDAY RIDING DOUBLE

Irish-born jockey James Graham, currently in third position in this season’s local standings, scored a riding double Sunday to move within two victories of the current runner-up rider Jesse Campbell.

Graham marked off a win in Sunday’s opener on Tic Tac Toe’s Streaterville for trainer Alnaz Ali and took the sixth race aboard Michael Coit, Gerald Frankel and Ronald Frankel’s Montana Mike for conditioner Michael Stidham.

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