Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/20/12)
Contact: Graham Ross
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NO SPIN, SLAMIT WORK WELL ON ARLINGTON TURF SUNDAY MORNING
Black Gold Racing’s No Spin and stable mate Slamit worked together over Arlington’s world famous grass course Sunday morning in probable preparation for what is shaping up as a spirited 76th renewal of Saturday’s $125,000 Arlington Classic – first leg of Arlington’s 2012 Mid-America Triple for turf-favoring 3-year-olds.
No Spin, beaten a half-length by the 6-year-old Quite a Handful in his last start May 5, had jockey Channing Hill in the irons on Sunday morning, while Slamit, who has never raced on turf but won Sam Houston’s $50,000 Spring Stakes over muddy going March 10, had jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. in the saddle.
Working in company, the Tim Ice-trained pair got splits of 37 flat and 1:02.60 before completing the six-furlong distance in 1:14.60.
Slamit then went out seven-eighths in 1:27 while No Spin galloped out the same distance in 1:27.40.
“I thought they both worked excellent,” said Ice moments after the move. “That will make the decision about which one to run a little bit harder. I’ll probably end up running both of them after I talk to the owners (Leonard Blach and Ray Willis).”
MID-AMERICA TRIPLE NOMINEE REAL SOLUTION SIXTH IN ITALIAN DERBY
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Real Solution, a Pennsylvania homebred sophomore by Kitten’s Joy who is nominated to the 2012 Mid-America Triple, suffered the first defeat of his career when he finished sixth in Sunday’s Group II Italian Derby at Capannelle Racecourse on the outskirts of Rome.
Kitten’s Joy won the 2004 Secretariat Stakes and finished second in the 2005 Arlington Million behind Mrs. John Magnier’s Powerscourt.
Following Saturday’s $125,000 Arlington Classic, the Mid-America Triple will continue with the Grade III American Derby on Million Preview Day July 14 and then conclude with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day Aug. 18.
BEVERLY D. NOMINEE ZAGORA WINS PIMLICO’S GALLORETTE ‘CAP
Martin Schwartz’s Zagora came from off the pace to capture Pimlico’s Grade III Gallorette Handicap by 1 3/4-lengths on the Preakness Day program in Baltimore.
The 5-year-old French-bred chestnut mare is nominated to this summer’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the Arlington Million’s sister race on Aug. 18.
Owner Schwartz won the 2005 Beverly D. with the British-bred Angara, the 2006 Beverly D. with the French-bred Gorella and captured last year’s renewal with the French-bred Stacelita.
Zagora is trained by Chad Brown, who also trained Stacelita.
2006 ARLINGTON JOCK CHAMP EMIGH RIDES BOOKEND DOUBLE SATURDAY
Veteran Arlington-based reinsman Chris Emigh, who won the 2006 Arlington leading rider championship, registered a riding double by bookending the Saturday program on Hanshin Cup Day.
The 41-year-old Emigh won the opener aboard Tom Rinaudo’s Remembermealways for trainer Darrell Lunsford and came back to the winner’s circle after the finale astride the Paula McCanick-owned and trained Grudge Match.
Current leading rider Francisco Torres also rode two winners Saturday, teaming up with trainer Roger Brueggemann and owner Midwest Thoroughbreds to take the third on Lookinatmindy and the seventh aboard Blarney d’Or.
Brueggemann’s training double was the second straight for the Arlington-based 66-year-old conditioner born in Leesville, Louisiana.
ARLINGTON OFFERS $40,000 GUARANTEED LATE PICK-4 WEDNESDAY
Arlington guests and fans of Arlington’s simulcast signal are reminded that there is a $40,000 guaranteed late Pick 4 carryover pool offered for Wednesday’s races, which have a first post time of 1 pm.
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