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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/4/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
California-based conditioner John Sadler, who will saddle Michael Talla’s Oil Man in Saturday’s Grade II American Derby, is planning to leave that Irish-bred sophomore at Arlington Park to prepare for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes if he runs well in this weekend’s middle leg of the Mid-America Triple.
The Secretariat serves as the final leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple and will be run on August 8 along with the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes on the showcase afternoon of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
Oil Man, a son of Pyrus out of the Batshoof mare So Precious, closed with a bold rush to be clearly best Hollywood’s Grade III Cinema Handicap at nine furlongs in his last start June 21.
“This is a horse with a lot of stamina,” said Sadler Saturday morning outside Barn 24 during his one-day Chicago sojourn. “(The American Derby) is at a mile and three-sixteenths, and the Secretariat is at a mile and a quarter, so these races suit him more than that race at Del Mar (Grade II La Jolla Handicap at 1 1/16-miles Aug. 15.)
“Assuming he likes this turf course here, I’m thinking of leaving him here with Mike Stidham for the next few weeks,” said Sadler.
Sadler, 52, who has won the last two renewals of Hollywood’s Grade II Beverly Hills Handicap with Doubledown Stable’s Black Mamba, elected to leave the New Zealand-bred mare in California for Del Mar’s Grade I John C. Mabee Stakes a year ago, but is strongly considering Black Mamba for the Beverly D. this summer.
“Right now, I’m leaning toward the Beverly D. with her,” said Sadler. “Mr. Templer (owner Richard of Doubledown) is from Chicago and I think he’d like to see his horse run here.”
Sadler is also the trainer of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ Whatsthescript, an original nomination to this summer’s Arlington Million XXVII.
“He ran third in the other day in the (Grade II) American Handicap,” said Sadler. “I’m looking at the Million, but I’m also looking at Del Mar’s (Grade I) Eddie Read with him.”
Team Valor International, High Field Stock Farm and Gary Barber’s Colina Verde, a Brazilian-bred mare who was cross-entered in Saturday’s Grade III Modesty Handicap at Arlington and Saturday’s Grade II Dance Smartly Stakes at Woodbine, has been scratched off the program in Chicago’s prep for the Grade I Beverly D. Aug. 8 in favor of a run in Canada’s filly and mare grass test.
Apprentice jockey A. T. Tamburello accepted the first mount of her career Friday in Arlington’s seventh race, and prompted the pace until the stretch of the nine-furlong claiming affair before her mount Chop Slewy, owned by Silver Wing Stables, tired when set down for the drive and dropped back to eighth at the finish.
Tamburello, whose first name is Amanda but prefers being addressed as “A. T.”, is a native of Michigan but has been galloping horses in Kentucky for the last five years, most recently for trainer Ken McPeek.
With his win aboard Frank Calabrese’s Rebounded in Friday’s second race, Arlington Park’s current leading rider E. T. Baird has won 1,992 races in his career.
Baird, 42, the Chicago-born son of the late Chicago-based reinsman Bobby Baird, is listed to ride seven mounts Saturday and two more Sunday as he approaches the 2,000-career win milestone.
Baird has 46 wins at the current session, two more than his nearest pursuer.
Every Sunday is Family Day at Arlington Park, offering pony rides and a petting zoo for Arlington’s younger guests, but this week also features live family-friendly music by Rick Kelly.
Also this Sunday, Arlington’s Junior Jockey Club members will get to meet members of the Arlington Park jockey colony when the club meets at Noon in the paddock.
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