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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/19/09)
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In today's notes:
Kingfield Racing Stable’s Jambalaya came from off the pace to score by two lengths in the second race at Woodbine Friday, extending his current winning streak to two.
In his previous trip to the post, the Catherine Day Phillips trainee was best by three-quarters of a length on August 11 – in the Grade I Arlington Million two years ago.
“That win yesterday was so exciting – it was like a fairy tale,” said Day Philliips, speaking over the phone from Canada Saturday morning during training hours. “He seemed to come out of the race in fine order, so we’ll wait a few days, see how he does next week and if he looks well, we’ll start to make future plans for him.
“He came out of the (2007) Arlington Million with a big bone bruise in the right front fetlock,” said Day Phillips, “and when we got the all clear from that, he pulled a gluteal muscle behind, and when he came back from that last winter at Gulfstream and was about ready to start he went lame on his left front.
“At that point we sent him to the farm in Florida with the intention of retiring him,” said Day Phillips, “but when I went to visit him a few months later, he was all dappled out so we decided to see how he responded to training. Since then he’s come back real good. Obviously, we’ll keep monitoring him to see how he does, but hopefully he’s over all his problems now.”
If all continues well, might they take a look at next summer’s Arlington Million?
“That win in the Arlington Million was the weekend of a lifetime,” said Day Phillips. “Everybody at Arlington was so good to us. To come back next year and try again would be a fantastic dream. But The Tin Man won the Million when he was an 8-year-old, didn’t he?”
Veteran Arlington jockey Eddie Razo – Oaklawn’s jockey champion two years ago – is still very sore after being thrown from a horse Sept. 12 at Arlington and is off his four mounts Saturday as well as four more on Sunday to give his bruised ribs more time to heal.
“He was kicked on his ribs by his horse as well as high on his shoulder,” said Razo’s agent Lindy McDaniel Saturday morning during training hours. “He tried to work a couple of horses yesterday (Friday), but was having trouble breathing so he took off his mounts again.
“The same thing happened to him a couple of years ago at Oaklawn,” said McDaniel, “so he knows that you have to give yourself as much time as you need to heal and take things day by day. There is no point in coming back too soon because you’ll just set yourself back even more.
“The doctor has got him doing breathing exercises to help make his lungs expand and contract,” said McDaniel, “so we just decided to take the rest of the weekend off. He’s going to try and work a few horses Wednesday to see how he’s coming along, and if he feels up to it he’ll start riding again Thursday (Arlington’s next scheduled racing day following Sunday’s program.)
Arlington brings down the curtain on its 2009 racing season on Sunday, Sept. 27.
The famous black silks of high profile horseman Louie Roussel III – adorned for years by a gold cat with gold stars on the sleeves – have gone the way of wearing white after Labor Day.
Despite being worn over the years by such horses as Risen Star when winning the 1988 Preakness and Belmont, and more recently by Recapturetheglory when winning the Illinois Derby 20 years after that, the cat now sleeps with the fishes.
The basic black color remains, but Roussel’s design now incorporates silver lightning bolts with more silver lightning bolts on the sleeves and also has four silver stars and a cherry cap, worn most recently by three Roussel-owned and trained horses who ran at Arlington Friday.
“I had the old silks for 38 years,” said Roussel on Friday, speaking over the phone from the Keeneland sales. “It was time for a change. Hopefully, I can get another 30 years out of the new ones.”
Roussel was born and raised in New Orleans and is a former owner of the Crescent City’s historic Fair Grounds Race Course – the nation’s third oldest Thoroughbred oval. While watching the replay of an Arlington race Friday, he explained the significance of the new design.
“The lightning bolts represent New Orleans, because we get a lot of rain and a lot of thunderstorms down there,” said Roussel, without having to make reference to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina four years ago.
“The four stars represent four people – my mother, my father, my sister and myself,” Roussel said. “I kept the cherry cap, but I moved it to the front of the silks.”
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