Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/3/12)
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ROMANS’ INVADERS TRYING TO CONQUER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Trainer Dale Romans has saddled two winners of Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes in past years, but in his lone attempt at victory in the Grade I Arlington Million his horse missed by three lengths as the runner-up.
In 2004, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Joy captured the Secretariat for Romans with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey aboard, and two summers ago Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado, with Kent Desormeaux up, gave Romans his second Secretariat score.
When Kitten’s Joy returned in 2005 for the Arlington Million, he held a one-length advantage at the eighth pole before being challenged by a British-bred powerhouse named Powerscourt, owned by Mrs. John Magnier, and that rival proved himself superior to Romans’ trainee during the final furlong.
Now, with Arlington’s 2012 International Festival of Racing a little more than two weeks away on Aug. 18, Romans has contacted Arlington’s stakes coordinator George Berry with his latest plan of attack.
A three-pronged probe of the Secretariat by Romans will likely be headed by Mark Bacon and Dana Wells’ Silver Max, a winner of his last six straight. Included among those are five stakes – Keeneland’s Grade I Transylvania, Churchill’s Grade II American Turf, Arlington’s $125,000 Arlington Classic, Indiana’s $200,000 Oliver, and Colonial’s Grade II Virginia Derby.
Slated to accompany Silver Max in the Secretariat is Albaugh Family Stable’s Cozzetti, hero of Arlington’s Grade III American Derby and second behind Silver Max in the Oliver.
But also likely for the Secretariat is Romans’ trainee Finnegans Wake, owned by Donegal Racing, who was third behind Silver Max is the Virginia Derby and fourth behind that same stable mate in the American Turf.
Likely to be representing Romans in the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million is Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike, winner of Churchill’s Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day and most recently third when sent to the West Coast for the Hollywood’s Grade I Shoemaker Mile.
Penciled in for the Arlington Million by trainer Mike Maker in recent days is Connie Apostelos’ Papaw Bodie, who finished second by a nose in Belmont’s Grade I Manhattan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day.
ROSEMARY RIDES THURSDAY TRIPLE; KIRBY TALLIES TWICE
Rosemary Homeister Jr., Thoroughbred racing’s all-time runner-up rider among female jockeys, won three races Thursday, taking the fifth on Hondo Ranch’s Dancing Rock and then both halves of the late daily double astride Louie Roussel III’s Secret Story in the eighth and then right back in the finale aboard Hondo Ranch’s Santo Rio. That gave two-time Arlington trainer champion Frank Kirby, owner of Hondo Ranch, a double as a conditioner.
CATALANO, CALABRESE TEAM UP AGAIN IN SATURDAY’S LISA M STAKES
Arlington’s former front-running team of owner Frank Calabrese and trainer Wayne Calabrese will join forces again in Saturday’s $65,000 Lisa M Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
Catalano will saddle Calabrese’s All Her Class in Saturday’s prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie on Sept. 8.
“I trained her mommy,” said Catalano Friday, speaking of Calabrese’s 2006 Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Dreaming of Anna. “We’ll see how things go with this filly on Saturday.”
Catalano also trains Darrell and Evelyn Yates’ Emile, a contestant in Saturday’s $65,000 Meadowlake Stakes in preparation for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 8.
“Things are going good with him,” said Catalano. “If he runs like he trains, he should give a very good performance.”
JORGE VELASQUEZ RODE 6,000TH WINNER 23 YEARS AGO AT ARLINGTON
On August 3, 1989, Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez scored his 6,000th career victory at Arlington aboard a 3-year-old filly named Maddie Bumpo.
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