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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/6/09)
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In today's notes:
Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, one-length winner of the 75th anniversary edition of the $150,000 Arlington Classic May 23, breezed a “maintenance move” half-mile in 49:40 Saturday morning at Arlington with jockey Eddie Razo in the irons.
The Chris Block-trained sophomore – attempting to become the first horse in 12 years to sweep Arlington Park’s Mid-America Triple – galloped out five-eighths in 1:02.
Arlington’s Grade II American Derby, at 1 3/16-miles over the local lawn July 11, serves as the next leg of the Triple on Million Preview Day, and the sophomore series concludes with the Grade I Secretariat at 1 1/4-miles Aug. 8 on Arlington Million Day.
The last horse to sweep the Mid-America Triple in its present all-turf format was Robert Schaedle III’s Honor Glide in 1997.
Jer-Mar Stable’s Win Willy, upset winner of Oaklawn’s Grade II Rebel Stakes and subsequently fourth in the Grade II Arkansas Derby, has been in residence at Arlington Park while recovering from a hairline fracture but should return to training shortly.
“He’s not in training right now,” said Arlington’s current leading trainer Hugh Robertson – father of Win Willy’s trainer of record McLean Robertson. “He’s still recovering from a tiny hairline fracture that we can’t even see anymore, so we’ll probably give him something to do in the next few days.”
Win Willy, a gray son of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, broke his maiden at first asking last August at Canterbury, graduated from first level allowance company Feb. 22 at Oaklawn, lit up the tote board with a $113.60 win mutuel in the Rebel March 14 when upsetting Rick Porter’s heavily favored Old Fashioned, and sustained his fracture when running fourth in the Arkansas Derby April 11.
Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, younger brother of Arlington’s 2005 jockey champion Shaun Bridgmohan, will ride his previously scheduled mounts Saturday at Calder Race Course and then fly to Chicago Sunday morning in time to fulfill his Sunday engagements at Arlington.
“I’ve only been to Arlington once before in my life,” said Bridgmohan Saturday morning while speaking over the phone from Miami. “That was to watch my brother ride Evening Attire in the Breeders’ Cup Classic when it was held at Arlington. He finished fourth that day, but I remember that I thought it was a beautiful race track.
“I’m looking forward to coming up there this summer,” said Bridgmohan, who boasts a title as leading apprentice at the Meadowlands in the fall of 2007 among his accomplishments. “I’m always looking for bigger and better things to do to advance my career, and now I’ve got this chance to come to Arlington and I’m jumping on it.”
Jockey Quincy Hamilton, currently two wins shy of the 1,000-career win milestone entering Saturday’s 12-race Arlington program, will have six chances to accomplish the feat.
The 25-year-old Texas-native is listed aboard Stan Whisenaut’s Amen Hallelujah in the opener at 4-1 in the morning line; Scott Mullins’ Caller a Classic (8-1) in the fourth; Mueller Thoroughbred Stable’s Ansong (6-1) in the fifth; Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Classic Actress (6-1) in the seventh; Robert Zoellner’s Marquee Event (9-2) in the 10th; and Joseph Sutton’s Valtrus in the penultimate 11th race of the afternoon.
Lake Zurich-raised jockey Jesse Campbell, who lost runner-up honors at Arlington last season when injured in the waning days of the meeting, won both halves of Friday’s Daily Double at the Northwest Chicago oval.
Campbell, 31, took Friday’s opener aboard Greco Racing Stable’s Daves River and came back in the second race astride Majestic Farms and DeBill Racing’s Little Big Time.
Arlington’s 2006 leading rider Chris Emigh, who rode his 3,000th career winner last Saturday, won Friday’s third race on Thunderhead Farms’ Dazzle Darlin and came right back in the fourth on Patton Creek Farm’s Spark of Humor.
Veteran Illinois-based reinsman E. T. Baird captured Friday’s eighth race on Daniel Kowalski’s Frosty Melody and returned to the winner’s circle in the ninth on Montesano Racing’s My Best Pal Red.
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