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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/4/09)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

COSMONAUT, ‘CAT’ SET TO CIRCLE AGAIN IN ARLINGTON HANDICAP

Defending Grade III Arlington Handicap champion Stream Cat, who outgamed that race’s two-time winner Cosmonaut in last summer’s renewal, will face that rival in Saturday’s 74th running of the 10-furlong grass test that serves as the final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 8.

Stream Cat, owned by Fab Oak Stable, Bobby Hurley and John Goldthorpe, pulled alongside 2006 and 2007 Arlington Handicap hero Cosmonaut, owned by Flying Zee Stable, at the top of the stretch in the 2008 renewal and then drew off for a 3 3/4-length score.

However, Cosmonaut, who had made the pace until engaged by Stream Cat, gamely held the place spot at the wire.

Stream Cat, who went on to finish sixth in the 2008 Arlington Million, is expected to have another formidable challenger – Chrysalis Stables’ Silverfoot – in Saturday’s Arlington Handicap. That 9-year-old gray gelding finished fourth in last summer’s Arlington Million.

The final field for Saturday’s Arlington Handicap will be drawn Wednesday, and is also expected to include Peter Karahalios’ Public Speaker and Johanna Louise Glen-Tavern’s Embossed. Those two were second and third under the wire respectively behind Silverfoot in the $54,100 The Tin Man Stakes at Arlington on Belmont Stakes Day June 6, but Public Speaker was subsequently disqualified from second and placed fourth behind the Irish-bred Embossed.

Others likely for Saturday’s Arlington Handicap at this time are the Argentine-bred My Happiness, owned by Fritz McTarnahan; the Irish-bred Ordination, owned by Catesby Clay; Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Telling; and Dr. John Chandler’s Thabazimbi.

Possible starters in the Arlington Handicap are Amerman Racing Stables’ Demarcation, David Holloway Racing’s Dubious Miss, Cozzene Thoroughbreds’ Independent George, Augustin Stable’s Just as Well, James Messineo’s Major Rhythm and IEAH Stables and Michael Tabor’s Plan.

PURE CLAN HEADS PROBABLE STARTERS IN MODESTY HANDICAP

Lewis Lakin’s Pure Clan, beaten a neck when runner-up behind Beverly D. prospect Acoma in Churchill’s Grade III Mint Julep Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day June 6, heads the list of probable starters for Saturday’s Grade III Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park.

Saturday’s Modesty ‘Cap, restricted to fillies and mares, serves as the final local prep for Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 8 as the sister race to the Arlington Million during the one-day International Festival of Racing.

Although Pure Clan could not catch Acoma in the Mint Julep, she finished 4 1/2-lengths to the good of Darley Stable’s Tizaqueena, who had won five out of six of her previous starts and is considered a possible starter in Saturday’s Modesty.

Among Pure Clan’s graded stakes victories are tallies in Hollywood’s Grade I American Oaks Invitational, Churchill’s Grade II Golden Rod, as well as Grade III wins at the Twin Spires oval in the Regret and Pocahantas stakes.

Tizaqueena won Churchill’s Grade II Distaff Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day May 2 and also captured Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Fortin Handicap last March 21 in New Orleans.

Among other probable starters for Saturday’s Modesty ‘Cap are Dr. John Chandler’s Dynaforce, winner of Belmont’s Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational last fall; Virginia Tarra Trust’s Apple Martini, heroine of Arlington’s $89,350 Lincoln Heritage Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day June 20; and Jerry Jamgotchian’s Lemonette, a daughter of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid who began her career in Europe and most recently was second by a half-length in allowance company at Churchill Downs June 7.

However, possible starters in the Modesty also include Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes in 2007 and a winner in her most recent trip to the post here on June 26.

Also possible in the Modesty are the Brazilian-bred Colina Verde, owned by Team Valor International, High Field Stock Farm and Gary Barber and fourth in Belmont’s Grade II Sheepshead Bay Stakes May 23; as well as Pin Oak Stable’s Much Obliged, heroine of the inaugural running of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas at Arlington Park last season.

GIANT OAK TO CONTINUE MID-AMERICA TRIPLE BID IN AMERICAN DERBY

Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, hero of the 75th anniversary edition of the Arlington Classic May 23, is set to continue his bid to become the first horse in 12 years to sweep Arlington’s Mid-America Triple in Saturday’s Grade II American Derby, middle leg of the Triple that concludes with the Grade I Secrertariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day Aug. 8.

Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and Michael Tala’s Oil Man, one-length winner of Hollywood’s Grade III Cinema Handicap June 21, is expected to challenge Saturday.

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