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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/29/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory, four-length winner of last year’s Grade II Illinois Derby and subsequently fifth in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs over Arlington’s “firm” turf course in 1:04.80 Wednesday morning in preparation for the upcoming Arlington Million XXVII Aug. 8.

Assistant trainer Lara Van Deren was aboard for the breeze accomplished with the “dogs” well out from the rail. The 4-year-old son of Cherokee Run galloped out the six-furlong distance in 1:17.80.

“The turf felt a little bit softer today then when he worked over it last time,” said Van Deren shortly after the move. “The last time (July 6) he just skipped over it. But the ‘dogs’ were so far out today that it felt like we went six furlongs even though we only went five.

“He seemed a lot more relaxed going over the grass today,” said Van Deren. “He had his neck bowed and it all seemed very familiar to him. In fact, I think he gets a little bored sometimes. He’s much more patient than he was last year. He’s grown up a lot.”

The 27th running of the Arlington Million, which annually attracts some of the world’s best turf horses, will go to the post late in the afternoon on the second Saturday in August, preceded by the 20th anniversary edition of the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes for the world’s best grass-favoring fillies and mares and the 33rd running of the Grade I Secretariat Stakes, restricted to 3-year-olds of international turf caliber.


Ron Herrell, Keith Wexler and Brian Reed’s Hoosier Kingdom, a candidate for Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 8, breezed a half-mile in 54.80 Wednesday morning over Arlington’s firm turf course while the “dogs” were well out from the rail.

The 1 1/4-mile Secretariat, restricted to sophomores, offers a purse of $400,000 and has also often been a harbinger of the following summer’s Grade I Arlington Million – run at that same distance.

Hoosier Kingdom, trained by Herrell, won the $70,000 Governor’s Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion over the grass course at Indiana Downs July 14. With exercise rider Roberto Martinez up, Hoosier Kingdom accomplished the final furlong of Wednesday’s breeze in 13.


With regular rider Eddie Razo in the irons, Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak breezed a bullet three-quarters in 1:13 Monday in preparation for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 8 as the final leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.

Giant Oak won the 75th anniversary edition of the $150,000 Arlington Classic May 23 as the Triple’s first leg, and was placed fourth in the Grade II American Derby July 11 as the Triple’s $300,000 middle leg after being impeded in the stretch run.

The sophomore son of Giant’s Causeway recorded early splits of 37.40, 49.60 and 1:01.60 Monday over the Polytrack while working in company with Post Time LLC’s Trusty Leven. He galloped out seven-eighths in 1:25 and the completed the mile distance in 1:39.30.

Earlier this spring, Giant Oak was runner-up in the Grade II Illinois Derby on the main track and was also second in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club on that surface last fall.


Doubledown Stables’ Black Mamba, winner of Hollywood’s Grade II Beverly Hills Handicap June 28, worked five furlongs handily in 1:01 over Del Mar’s Polytrack Sunday in preparation for Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 8.

Bred in New Zealand, Black Mamba – along with Lewis Lakin’s Pure Clan, heroine of Arlington’s Grade III Modesty Handicap July 11 – are considered the top two members of the distaff set currently under consideration for the $750,000 sister race to the Arlington Million.

Pure Clan went five furlongs in 1:00.40 over a sloppy course at Churchill Downs July 22 in her latest move.


Matthew Green’s Art Broker has been withdrawn from consideration for Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes after an unimpressive performance in a minor handicap over Ireland’s Galway grass course Monday night.

Similarily, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Tazeez has been eliminated from consideration for the Grade I Arlington Million after quickly tiring in the Group II Sky Bet York Stakes over the Knavesmire at York last Saturday.

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