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Arlington Park

Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/28/10)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Arlington’s top three riders all enjoyed multiple wins on Thursday’s 10-race program, but the fourth and fifth-placed jockeys were able to keep abreast of the pace with one winner apiece.

Michael Baze, new to the Arlington circuit this summer after years of success in Southern California, scored his second “hat trick” of the young Arlington session – this time all during the second half of Thursday’s program. He won the sixth race aboard Hondo Ranch’s Giant Shift for trainer Frank Kirby, and then came back to take both halves of the late daily double when teaming up with current leading conditioner Wayne Catalano – also Arlington’s defending trainer champion.

The Baze-Catalano duo captured the ninth race with Best Actor, owned by Gary and Mary West, and then came right back to the winner’s circle after the finale with Greg Besinger’s Snake River Canyon.

Baze’s triple left him two wins behind current leading jockey Junior Alvarado but three in front of Jesus Castanon. Both those jockeys posted doubles on the day.

Alvarado, who won Arlington’s riding title last season, took down winning honors in Thursday’s opener with Frank Calabrese’s Count de Baran for trainer Nick Canani and returned after the seventh by scoring with Hernandez Racing Club’s first time starter Mulata for conditioner Moises Yanez.

Castanon, who has ridden here briefly in past years but always with high win percentage success, is hanging his tack full time at Arlington for the first time this season, and is two wins in front of Tim Thornton, in fourth place through Thursday, and three ahead of James Graham, who occupies the fifth spot.

Castanon’s double began in Thursday’s second race astride the Tammy Domenosky-trained Delphinium, owned by Go Bears Go Racing, and was completed when the Tom Proctor-conditioned Matai, owned by Vegso Racing Stable, won the eighth.

Jockey Tim Thornton remained in leading rider contention with a win aboard Gary Helen’s Fajita Rita in the fourth for trainer Steve Fridley, while James Graham stayed in the hunt when up on Maggi Moss’s Cheque Appeal for trainer Tom Amoss.


Arlington’s defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano, who saddled Thursday’s late daily double, enjoyed a two-win advantage over conditioner Nick Canani at the end of the day. Canini saddled the winner of Thursday’s opener for Arlington’s perennial owner champion Frank Calabrese.

One win behind Canani at the end of Thursday’s race day was conditioner Larry Rivelli, who finished fifth in the 2009 standings at Arlington.


The Jeffrey Thornbury-trained Mad Flatter may be disregarded at 10-1 in the morning line for Saturday’s Grade III Hanshin Cup, but if multiple wishes make for more positive vibrations, his ownership alone might bring him home bring him home first.

Bonnie Heath Farm, one of Florida’s most famous dating back to the 1950s, serves as Mad Flatter’s principle owner and bred this 5-year-old bay. Bonnie Heath III now controls that Ocala facility.

However, joining him in ownership of this horse is the Holiday Stable of John Milward of Lexington, Ky.; the Bright Brook Farm, owned by John Sullivan of the original Henry Ford family; and the Hinkle Farms of Thomas Hinkle, who owns a construction company in Paris, Ky.

Mad Flatter has made 13 lifetime starts, but only his career debut was over Polytrack, and he finished second that day at Keeneland on Oct. 25, 2007.

“He trains very well over Polytrack, although at Keeneland bullet moves are not hard to do,” Thornbury said of a May 9 five-eighths move in 58.80 and one before that at that same distance April 25 in 1:00.40.

In his last start May 16 over a sloppy track at Churchill, Mad Flatter made the pace before tiring in the stretch to finish fourth.

“I hope that race serves as a nice prep for him,” said Thornbury. “It wasn’t a bad race, and he doesn’t have to have the lead. In fact, I think his best race would come from off the pace. I am glad that (trainer) John Sadler didn’t send his horse (Chicagoan Richard Templer’s stakes-placed Bestdressed.) The way I understand it, they wanted to come but they had some shipping problems.”

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