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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/2/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Wild, much the best in Arlington’s $55,400 Top Flight Stakes on Arlington Million Day Aug. 8, turned in an impressive five-furlong breeze in one minute flat Sunday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie – the annual showcase event for 2-year-old fillies at Chicago’s northwest suburban oval.

“It was just a maintenance breeze, but it was the way she did it that impressed me,” said Illinois State clocker Bobby Belpedio shortly after the move. “She was well in hand and moved very well over the track.”

She Be Wild, a daughter of Offlee Wild out of a Seeking the Gold mare, was allowed to settle just off the pace in the Top Flight at seven-eighths, took command in upper stretch and drew away while still in hand for a 5 1/4-length tally. Before that on May 30 she broke her maiden at first asking by 7 1/4-lengths when going four and a half furlongs.

She is trained by Arlington’s defending trainer champion and current leading conditioner Wayne Catalano.

The Lassie, at one mile, will be run for the 75th time Saturday, and in its past has been won by such greats as Top Flight in 1931, Colfax Maid in 1960, Truly Bound in 1980, Eliza in 1992 and Original Spin in 2005.

Others working Sunday in advance of the Lassie were CresRan LLC’s Tiz Miz Sue, who went a half-mile in 51 for trainer Steve Hobby, and Carolyn McDonald and Tim Hamlin’s Attempt to Name, who accomplished that same distance in 51.60 for conditioner Helen Pitts-Blasi. Tiz Miz Sue, a daughter of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow, won her last start here Aug. 9 by 7 3/4-lengths.

William Schettine’s Suzanne, a Lassie invader from New Jersey’s Monmouth Park, worked over the local Polytrack Monday morning, going a half-mile 50.60.


Four of the seven 2-year-old colts entered in Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity breezed Monday at Arlington Park in preparation for Arlington’s annual centerpiece race for juveniles.

Going a half-mile Monday in advance of the 75th anniversary edition of the one-mile local Futurity were Mellon Patch Inc.’s Beware the Tiger, who went 47.80, William Schettine’s Piscitelli, who breezed the distance in 48.60, and Jack Brooks’ Herecomesbert, who accomplished the same four furlongs in 49.40.

Going five-eighths Monday was Bass Seeligson Partnership and Hugh Fitzsimmons’ Oak Motte in 1:01.40.

All four were unsuccessful in their career debuts while coming off winning efforts in their most recent starts.

Arlington’s leading conditioner Wayne Catalano has projected Futurity favorite Dixie Band, owned by Darrell and Evelyn Yates, named in Saturday’s race. That colt breezed five-eighths in 1:01 last Saturday.

Dixie Band, an altered son of Dixie Union out of a Forty Niner mare, remains undefeated in two starts after having won Arlington’s $53,200 Spectacular Bid Stakes during Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing Aug. 8.


Louie Roussell III’s Brothers Nicholas and Roussel and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory both breezed over Arlington’s turf course rated “good” Wednesday morning, with Brothers Nicholas going five furlongs in 1:06 and Recapturetheglory going a half in 50 with the “dogs” well out from the rail.

Brothers Nicholas hasn’t started since finishing third in Fair Grounds’ Grade III Mineshaft Handicap last Feb. 7 over the main track in New Orleans, while Recapturetheglory won his last start at Arlington July 16 over the local grass course.

Both were cross-nominated to Saturday’s Grade III Washington Park Handicap and Monday’s $150,000 Sea o’Erin, but neither was entered in Saturday’s headliner.

Others checked off as probable for Monday’s Sea o’Erin include Wachtel Stable and Jerry Lee’s Desert Wheat, Stephanie Smith’s Luck Money and Loretta Clark’s P D Q Kiddo.

Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu, winner of Arlington’s Grade II American Derby last year, is also possible for the Sea o’ Erin.

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