Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/25/10)
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MAKING A CASE FOR MORALIST IN SATURDAY’S ARLINGTON SPRINT
Twenty-something Thoroughbred trainer Tammy Domenosky first appeared on the local scene last summer when the bulk of her stable was located at Minnesota's Canterbury Park, but this summer she and most of her horses have settled in Chicago to establish a summertime base at Arlington while her smaller string remains at Canterbury.
“I love living here in Chicago,” said Domenosky, a licensed trainer for three years who was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on the outskirts of Milwaukee. “It’s a very exciting city and I’m really enjoying racing my horses at Arlington.”
Domenosky was speaking during training hours Friday morning, one day before she will saddle Miracle Logistics’ Moralist in Saturday’s 14th running of the $125,000 Arlington Sprint at five and a half furlongs over Arlington’s world famous turf course.
Both the horse and the trainer might be a tandem to keep an eye on during the course of their summer campaign.
Moralist comes up to Saturday’s Sprint off a win by three quarters of a length in Canterbury’s $35,000 Honor the Hero Turf Express Sprint on May 31, but in both of his two starts before that the 5-year-old gelding was beaten less than two lengths in graded stakes competition.
In Keeneland’s Grade III Shakertown Stakes April 10 when going five and a half furlongs over the Lexington lawn, Moralist made the pace and held a one-length lead in mid-stretch before being beaten just over a length at the wire by two others. Then, in the Grade III Churchill Downs Turf Sprint on Kentucky Oaks Day April 30, the Kentucky-bred son of Talk Is Money raced uncharacteristically off the pace and finished fifth, but once again not that far back.
Not bad for a horse who broke his maiden for a $10,000 tag over the Polytrack at Arlington in the 10th start of his career in August of 2008. Two months later, Domenosky claimed him in October at Hawthorne and got one indifferent win out of him from six starts in indifferent company throughout the remainder of Hawthorne’s 2008 fall session.
“However, during the gap between Hawthorne’s fall meeting and when the track reopened in the spring, he turned into a new horse,” Domenosky said. “All of the sudden he had a great attitude whenever we took him to the track. It turned out that all he needed was a little freshening up.”
That was it? No change in his training schedule?
“Not really,” Domenosky said. “We didn’t train him quite as hard as we did before, but I think mostly it was the freshening.
“There was one other thing that made me think that giving this horse a break every once and a while was a key,” Domenosky said. “Last year, we were pointing this horse to the Claiming Crown at Canterbury, but two weeks before the Claiming Crown he ‘coliced’ and we had to do colic surgery on him. Luckily, he recovered well from the surgery, but he was still off for 90 days, and then when he came back from that, he got even better than he had been before his surgery.”
Domenosky was asked if the threat of inclement weather in the Chicago area Saturday concerned her.
“He’s won on dirt, turf, Polytrack and also in the slop,” Domenosky said. “He’ll run over anything.”
Domenosky began her equine education by journeying to Tucson when accepted by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.
“I wanted to be a trainer from the beginning,” Domenosky said. “That was my reason for going out there.
“However, when I moved to Tucson before beginning to go to school, I took some side jobs out there grooming and galloping, and I kind of got stuck going to the track,” Domenosky concluded. “I kept trying to go back to classes there but I never really did get a chance to break away again.”
ARLINGTON SPRINT FIRST OF FOUR LOCAL BC CHALLENGE RACES
Beginning with Saturday’s Arlington Sprint, Arlington Park will host four races during the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Season. The Arlington Sprint is a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
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