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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/12/09)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

DEFENDING CHAMPS ABOUND IN PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS

The 10th anniversary edition of Arlington’s Prairie State Festival – a sextet of $100,000 stakes races restricted to horses registered, conceived and/or foaled in the State of Illinois – will be run June 20, and included among this year’s nominations are a host of its past champions.

Nick Mamatas and John Kerber’s Gentlemen Chester, winner of last year’s Black Tie Affair Handicap at 1 1/16-miles over Arlington’s world-famous turf, is once again on the nominations list for the featured event of the afternoon. However, also nominated to next week’s Black Tie Affair ‘Cap is Team Block’s Fort Prado, Illinois Horse of the year in 2006. Fort Prado was also the victor in the Black Tie Affair’s previous three renewals.

Mighty Rule, hero of the 2008 White Oak Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs over Arlington’s Polytrack when racing in the silks of Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and David Campbell, returns on this year’s nominations list under the new ownership of Rose and Chris Barney’s Scarlet Stable. However, also among the White Oak nominations is S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s High Expectations, winner of back-to-back White Oaks in 2006 and 2007.

Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss, heroine of last year’s Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares at three-quarters of a mile, is nominated once again and is an expected starter after taking Arlington’s $53,100 Your Ladyship Stakes May 24.

The daughter of Artax out of a Deposit Ticket mare breezed a half-mile in :47.40 Friday morning.

However, also nominated to the 2009 Isaac Murphy is Carson Springs Farm, Arbaway Farm & Ken Meeker’s Nicks, 2008 Illinois Champion Sprint Filly or Mare.

Charles Sigrist & Del Sol Farm’s Lady Lionel, victress in last summer’s Lincoln Heritage Handicap for older fillies and mares over the local lawn, suffered a career-ending injury in that renewal, but Virginia Tarra Trust’s Apple Martini, who won last year’s Purple Violet Stakes, restricted to 3-year-old fillies and was eventually named Illinois 3-year-old Filly of the Year, joins the nominations list for next week’s Lincoln Heritage as a 4-year-old.

Finally, Team Block’s Amazing Results, winner of the 2008 Springfield Stakes, eventually recognized as Illinois Horse of the Year as well as 3-year-old Male, is cross-nominated to both next week’s Black Tie Affair and White Oak handicaps.

WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY WORKS FOR WHITE OAK HANDICAP

Homewrecker Racing’s Wildeydsouthernboy, winner of Arlington’s $53,600 Zen Stakes May 24, breezed five-eighths in 1:05.80 Tuesday in preparation for the upcoming $100,000 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day June 20.

REY DEL SOL SHINES DURING TRAINING HOURS THURSDAY

Charles Sigrist’s Rey Del Sol, nominated to the upcoming Black Tie Affair Handicap and a winner in allowance company here May 17 over yielding ground, breezed five furlongs Thursday in 1:04.80.

RIVELLI TIES ROBERTSON FOR LEADING TRAINER THROUGH THURSDAY

Trainer Larry Rivelli saddled two winners Thursday to join conditioner Hugh Robertson atop the local leading trainer board. Both Illinois-based horsemen have 13 winners entering Friday’s racing program.

Rivelli won Thursday’s opener with Helicopter, owned in partnership with Mario Donato and Chris Wagner, and came back to the winner’s circle after the third with Dare To Dream Stable’s Blood Diamonds.

Incidentally, with Thursday’s win, Helicopter joined the Rivelli-trained Excessive Heat as the only two horses to boast three-for-three records at the local session.

PENNY’S GIFT TAKES TOP PRIZE IN GERMAN 1000 GUINEAS

Two weeks after Phipps Stable’s Consequence won the second running of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas at Arlington Park, Malcolm and Penny Brown’s Penny’s Gift captured the 88th renewal of the German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf.

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