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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/26/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Allshouse Racing Stable’s Gangbuster, who upset Keeneland’s $100,000 Ft. Harrod Stakes April 10 in his initial attempt at 1 5/8-miles, has been installed as the solid 8-5 morning line favorite for Arlington Park’s featured $50,000 Polar Expedition Stakes at 1 3/4-miles Saturday.
The Ft. Harrod was run on Polytrack and the Polar Expedition is slated for that same synthetic surface locally, but in his last start May 23 at Churchill Downs Gangbuster was a non-threatening sixth in the Grade III Louisville Handicap when asked to negotiate 1 1/2-miles over the grass course there.
Whispering Pines’ Budge Man, winner of the $75,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner Stakes April 25 at Fonner Park, is the 7-2 second choice in the Polar Expedition morning line. The son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus finished third in the $79,000 Golden Bear Stakes at Indiana Downs in his last start June 10, but also finished full of run when only going a mile and 70 yards.
Veteran Illinois-based jockey Jesse Campbell is slated to handle the reins aboard Gangbuster, while Budge Man has Arlington newcomer Fernando Jara listed in the irons.
Capable of providing strong competition in the Polar Expedition are Thoroughbred Partners’ Eighteenthofmarch who has been tabbed as the 4-1 third choice in the morning line, and Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Moral, pegged at 9-2.
Eighteenthofmarch won his last over Arlington’s Polytrack June 14 at 1 1/16-miles when he came from far back to be best by a head. Jockey Inez Karlsson will be astride once again.
Moral closed with a rush to be second by a length going nine furlongs over the local Polytrack May 31 and should also appreciate the added distance. Arlington’s 2006 jockey champion Chris Emigh is named to ride.
Completing the Polar Expedition field are James Glenn and William Patterson’s Rumor Has It, Eddie Perez aboard, and Richard Otto Stable’s Lemonade Kid, with James Graham in the saddle.
The Polar Expedition was added to Arlington’s stakes schedule this season to serve as a possible prep for the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon to be run in November at Santa Anita.
Highly regarded Abby’s Angel, a Stonerside homebred filly who broke her maiden by almost 15 lengths in January of 2008 at Fair Grounds but was sidelined shortly thereafter, returned to her winning ways in Thursday’s Arlington feature after her year and a half-layoff.
The daughter of 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold out of a daughter of 1992 Belmont winner A.P. Indy suffered a tibia fracture shortly after her win in New Orleans and did not return to training until November after the sale of almost all Stonerside assets to Darley.
However, an abscess in Abby’s Angel’s left front foot further delayed her return until an April breeze at Keeneland, and she had been patiently and steadily progressing under trainer Mike Stidham prior to Thursday’s one-length win.
“She has a lot of talent,” said Stidham walking through the tunnel after Abby’s Angel’s race. “I’m just very happy to have her back to the races. We don’t have any definite schedule set up for her quite yet. We’re just going to take it one race at a time for awhile.”
Abby’s Angel paid a $6.40 win mutuel Thursday under Diego Sanchez and increased her career earnings to $45,990 with Thursday’s tally.
“This race was a long time coming,” said Stidham assistant Hilary Pridham.
Arlington Park’s all-time leading conditioner Richard Hazelton struck at the local grounds for the first time this season when he saddled Ben Barnow’s On the Quiet to tally in Thursday’s second race.
Hazelton is the only Midwestern-based trainer with more than 4,000 wins to his credit during his career.
On the Quiet, a 5-year-old mare by 1998 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet, was ridden by veteran Arlington reinsman Carlos Silva, who is now four wins away from the 3,500th victory of his career.
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