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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/17/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Jockey Calvin Borel, most recently in the national public eye for winning this spring’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes aboard two different horses, will make his first visit to Arlington Park this summer to ride in three parts of Saturday’s six-stakes Prairie State Festival at the Northwestern Chicago oval.

The Louisiana-born reinsman, who recently surpassed Hall of Fame jockey Don Brumfield as runner-up in Churchill’s all-time leading rider standings, is listed to ride Nick Mamatas and John Kerber’s Gentleman Chester in the featured $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap at 1 1/16-miles over Arlington’s world famous turf course.

Gentlemen Chester, trained by Ralph Nicks, is the Black Tie Affair’s defending champion. As a 3-year-old two years ago, the son of 2000 Arlington Million winner Chester House won the Festival’s $100,000 Springfield Stakes – a race restricted to sophomores.

In Saturday’s Springfield, Borel is named to ride Dale Wessels’ Where’s Winston for trainer Tom Swearingen, and also gets a Festival mount astride Two Bucks To Show LLC’s Cumulonimble, conditioned by Steve Hobby, in Saturday’s $100,000 Purple Violet Stakes.

Borel won the Kentucky Derby this spring aboard longshot Mine That Bird and then switched mounts to ride the filly Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, defeating runner-up Mine That Bird by a length. He also won the Kentucky Derby two years ago astride Street Sense, owned by longtime Barrington resident James Tafel.


Among the horses appearing on Arlington’s work tab Wednesday morning was Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss, defending champion in Saturday’s $100,000 Isaac Murphy Stakes as part of the Prairie State Festival Day program.

Trained by Spanky Broussard, Magnetic Miss went three furlongs over the Polytrack in 34.60 Wednesday morning. The 5-year-old Artax mare also won the Prairie State Festival’s Purple Violet Stakes two years ago while she was a 3-year-old filly and most recently captured Arlington’s $53,100 Your Ladyship Stakes May 24.

Also working Wednesday for the Prairie State Festival – restricted to horses accredited in the Illinois-bred program – was Homewrecker Racing Stable’s Sub Futz Jr., who went a half-mile in 48 flat in advance of Saturday’s White Oak Handicap at six furlongs on the Polytrack.

On Tuesday, Homewrecker Racing’s Wildeydsouthernboy, who won Arlington’s $53,600 Zen Stakes May 24, breezed a half-mile in 48.40 in preparation for the White Oak.

On Monday, George Bates’ Labar, fourth in last year’s $100,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap on the local lawn, breezed three-eighths in 36.40. Also on Monday, Asiel Stable’s Caruso breezed five furlongs in 1:04.80 for the White Oak Handicap.


Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, younger brother of Arlington’s 2005 jockey champion Shaun Bridgmohan, scored the first Arlington win of his own ascending career in Sunday’s eighth race aboard Quite a Handful, owned by Jane and Ted Barlas and Mike Porcaro and trained by Andy Hansen.

“It always feels good to win,” said Bridgmohan immediately after the race. “Arlington Park is a beautiful place. If I could break through at a place like this – that would be real good for my career.”


Trainer Marie Biancone, daughter of world renowned conditioner Patrick Biancone, saddled Kona Stable’s Grand Symphony to an upset win Sunday’s seventh race, giving the native of France the first win of her career with her third career starter.

Jockey Florent Geroux, also French-born, rode Grand Symphony, a 4-year-old filly, to her $49.40 win payoff.

The elder Biancone, who trained 1983 Horse of the Year All Along, won back-to-back renewals of the Group I Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at France’s Longchamp Racecourse with that mare, but also saddled back-to-back winners of Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes with Martin Schwartz’s Angara in 2005 and that same owner’s Gorella in 2006.

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