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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/17/09)
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Augustin Stable’s Winter View, sixth in Delaware Park’s Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes in her last start July 18 but only beaten a length and a half for the win, seeks to make amends for that defeat when she heads a field of eight fillies and mares in Saturday’s $50,000 Claire Marine Stakes at Arlington Park.
The Claire Marine, named in honor of the heroine of Arlington’s 1989 Beverly D. Stakes, will be contested at a mile and a half over Arlington’s world-famous turf course.
Winter View, a 5-year-old daughter of 1995 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch, ran evenly in that Delaware outing and failed to seriously menace, but had captured three straight wins – two of them in Grade III competition – earlier this year. One of those came when she was best by a head in the Grade III All Along Stakes at Colonial Downs June 20 and the other came when she dominated Keeneland’s Grade III Bewitch Stakes April 23.
Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, Winter View has been made the 7-5 morning line choice and will be ridden by the red-hot Jesus Castanon – on a roll at Arlington since arriving in Chicago after a successful summer at Saratoga.
Capable of providing strong competition for Winter View is the Jerry Jamgotchian-owned and Eric Reed-trained three-horse coupling of Sweet and Flawless, Lemonette and Polo Lounge. That troika has been established as the 2-1 second choice in the Claire Marine morning line.
The sophomore filly Sweet and Flawless was fourth in Saratoga’s Grade I Alabama Stakes Aug. 22 and second in the Grade III Arlington Oaks here July 18, but faces older mares Saturday. Arlington’s leading rider Junior Alvarado is named to handle the reins on Sweet and Flawless, who broke her maiden last winter at Mountaineer in her only previous start against older mares.
Lemonette, a 6-year-old daughter of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, was runner-up in Saratoga’s Grade III Glens Falls Handicap in her last start Sept. 7 going 11 furlongs, but won Arlington’s $57,200 Gaily Gaily Stakes July 25 when going the 12-furlong distance of the Claire Marine. She was also fourth in Arlington’s Grade III Modesty Handicap July 11 in the final local prep for this summer’s Grade I Beverly D. Pedro Monterray is listed in the irons on Lemonette.
Polo Lounge, a daughter of Dynaformer, was third in optional claiming company in her last start at River Downs Aug. 1. Inez Karlsson is slated astride Polo Lounge.
Completing the field in the Claire Marine are Blue Nine Stables’ Ballynoe (4-1), James Graham up; Russell L. Reineman Stable and Thundering Mick Stable’s Cavan Thunder (9-2), Jesse Campbell; Kim and Rodney Nardelli and Rebecca Maker’s Pure Heaven (20-1), Eddie Razo; and Edward and Lisa Macalik’s Kite Seeker (12-1), Larry Taylor.
It may be “a long, long way from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September.” With that in mind Friday’s twilight racing program has pushed first race post time back to 2 pm.
The change will be in effect on Sept. 18 and 25, with Arlington’s 2009 Thoroughbred racing season closing Sunday, Sept. 27.
On tap this Friday in the Paddock Area, Arlington hosts The Score 670’s Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley, co-hosts of the “Mully & Hanley Show.”
The duo will be here with former Chicago Bears great Ruben Brown for a special “Boy’s Night Out” event from 4 pm-5 pm that will also feature currently active Chicago Bear Jason McKie.
This Saturday there will be a $50 live money harness handicapping contest at Trackside Quad City Downs that will focus on the “Super Night” Standardbred races from Balmoral Park later that evening.
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