Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/13/10)
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In today's notes:
PUBLIC SPEAKER, GIANT OAK VIE IN ILLINOIS OWNER’S STAKES MAY 15
Peter Karahalios’ Public Speaker, hero of Arlington’s $100,000 Sea o’ Erin Handicap last Sept. 7, has been installed as the lukewarm 7-2 choice in the morning line of a field of 11 named to Saturday’s $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes at 1 1/16-miles over Arlington’s world famous turf course.
Virginia Tarra’s Giant Oak, winner of the $150,000 Arlington Classic on May 23 last year, is the 4-1 second choice in the fourth renewal of the race restricted to owners with a registered Illinois address.
Public Speaker, trained by Ken McPeek, made the pace in an allowance race on the grass at Keeneland in his last start April 9 but weakened in the final furlong to finish second by a neck at the wire. Junior Alvarado, defending jockey champion at Arlington from last season, has been named to handle the reins.
Giant Oak, who has been back and forth from turf to the main track throughout his career, was third in Keeneland’s Grade III Ben Ali Handicap on Polytrack in his most recent start on April 18 but also was third, beaten only a length for all of it in Arlington’s $50,000 Honor Glide Stakes in his last turf start Sept. 7. Veteran Arlington reinsman Eddie Razo, who was aboard Giant Oak throughout the colt’s Mid-America Triple campaign at Arlington last season, returns in the irons for the first time this year.
Somewhat of an unknown factor in the Illinois Owners is Scarlet Stable’s Forest Attack, who was supplemented to this race by trainer Mike Maker at entry time. Although a 6-year-old with 19 lifetime starts, the son of Forestry has never run on grass and was entered to see if a turf campaign was a viable option in his future. The entire son of Forestry was a front-running four-length winner in his last start April 17 in an allowance race over Keeneland’s Polytrack. Jockey Michael Baze is slated for the tack.
Completing the field is Thomas Fedro and Team Block’s Free Fighter, Eddie Perez; Glen Hill Farm’s No Inflation, Jesus Castanon; Del Sol Farm and Hernandez Racing Club’s Voy Por Uno Mas, Quincy Hamilton; William Stiritz’ Proceed Bee, Chris Emigh; Butterfly Stable’s Memorial Maniac, J. Z. Santana; Barr Three and Cherrywood Racing Stable’s Princeville Condo, Michele Boyce; Captain Jack Racing Stable’s Mr. Mischief, Paco Lopez; and James and Ted Barlas and Mike Porcaro’s Quite a Handful, Jermaine Bridgmohan.
SATURDAY’S ILLINOIS OWNERS (FEMALE DIVISION) ATTRACTS EIGHT
Craig Bernick’s You Go West Girl, a 6-year-old mare who won back-to-back races restricted to New York-breds on the grass course at Belmont last fall, is the tepid 5-2 morning line choice for Saturday’s fourth running of the filly and mare division of the $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes at 1 1/16-miles over the Arlington Park turf.
Trained by Tom Proctor, You Go West Girl finished third beaten four lengths in her last start at Keeneland April 16 over the Lexington lawn. Irish-born jockey James Graham, runner-up in Arlington’s jockey standings last season, is listed for the tack.
Capable of providing strong competition for You Go West Girl is Glen Hill Farm’s Closeout, also trained by Proctor, who is pegged at 3-1 in the morning line. Closeout will have jockey Jesus Castanon in the irons and won her last start April 3 when she captured the $85,000 Turf Distaff at Tampa Bay Downs.
Completing the field for the co-featured female division of the Illinois Owners Stakes is Derby Daze Farm, Mark Hoffman and Earl Trostrud’s Hooh Why, Junior Alvarado; Rich Ege and Team Block’s Askbut I Won’ttell, Eddie Perez; Frank Calabrese’s Romacaca, Paco Lopez; Last Chance Racing Partnership’s Mizzcan’tbewrong, E. T. Baird; Blue Nine Stables’ Ballynoe, Quincy Hamilton; and Two Bucks To Show LLC’s Cumulonimble, Michael Baze.
REMINDER: SPECIAL 1 PM POST TIME FRIDAY
Due to the special “Lee DeWyze American Idle Homecoming Performance” at Arlington Park Friday evening, post time for Friday’s first race has been pushed back to 1 pm.
REMINDER: SPECIAL 12:15 PM POST TIME SATURDAY
Due to Preakness Day and the special 12-race local program this Saturday, first post time for Saturday’s Arlington Park program has been pushed back to 12:15 pm.
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