Arlington Park International Festival of Racing Barn Notes - AM Edition (8/15/12)
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FESTIVAL-BOUND ‘CRACKERJACK,’ JAKKALBERRY GALLOP WEDNESDAY
A pair of European-based Irish-breds trained by Italian-born conditioner Marco Botti galloped once around Arlington’s main track shortly before 7 o’clock Wednesday morning in advance of their separate assignments in Saturday’s International Festival of Racing.
Crackerjack King, a gray 4-year-old colt owned by the Crackerjack King Syndicate and one of 11 prospects for Saturday’s 30th anniversary edition of the Grade I Arlington Million, had Lucie Botti, wife of the trainer in the saddle, while Jakkalberry, owned by the Jakkalberry Syndicate and Botti’s representative in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger, was ridden by Reese Evans.
“Our horses are ready to go,” said Mrs. Botti, who will be in charge of her husband’s duo throughout their American invasion as he prepares for the sales at France’s Deauville this weekend. “We’ve already done all our homework.
“Tomorrow (Thursday) morning we will give them another steady canter and walk them around the paddock to get used to the new surroundings. Our owner (Darren Dance) will be coming in from Australia for the Million.”
Lucie Botti is a native of the Czech Republic, but the husband and wife have headquartered their operation at Great Britain’s Newmarket for the last six years.
FRANCE’S BAYRIR ON TRACK FOR SATURDAY’S SECRETARIAT STAKES
The first of the European Festival invaders on the track Wednesday during training hours was His Highness the Aga Khan’s Bayrir, a French-bred sophomore who will be attempting to steal the winner’s share of Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes.
Bayrir, who won the Group I Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte in his last start on July 22, came out at 6:15 a.m. and stretched his legs on the main track.
BEVERLY D.-BOUND I’M A DREAMER MORE RELAXED WEDNESDAY
Andrew Stone’s Irish-bred mare I’m A Dreamer, who made the transatlantic journey to Chicago to contest Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as the sister race to the Arlington Million, made her first appearance on Arlington’s main track Wednesday morning shortly before 7 o’clock.
Although trained by Irish-born David Simcock, I’m A Dreamer was under the supervision of Simcock’s head lad Ian Russell Wednesday.
“She’s much more relaxed today than she was yesterday (Tuesday),” said Russell of Wednesday’s outing. “Yesterday, we took her to the training track and she was looking around a lot. She seemed a little unsettled then, but today was much better.”
COLOMBIAN, JOVIALITY, AFSARE, KAPITALE VISIT MAIN TRACK
Darley Stud Management’s International Festival-bound Irish-bred duo of Arlington Million prospect Colombian and Beverly D. starter Joviality visited the main track Wednesday shortly after 6 am.
Darley Stud Management’s British-bred Afsare, also in Chicago for the Arlington Million, visited the main track shortly before 7 am, while Gestut Karlshof’s German-bred Kapitale, another Beverly D. prospect, came out on the main track at 7:30 am.
Afsare is scheduled for a turf breeze Thursday at 8:30 am.
Colombian and Joviality are trained by British-born John Gosden, who saddled Princess Haya of Jordan’s Debussy to win the 2010 Million. Afsare is conditioned by Italian-born Luca Cumani, and Kapitale is trained by German-born Andreas Wohler, who saddled Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof’s German-bred Silvano to win the 2001 Arlington Million.
AIDAN O’BRIEN-TRAINED TRIO ON ARLINGTON GROUNDS TUESDAY EVENING
Ubiquitous Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s trio of European-based Festival invaders arrived on the grounds at Arlington Tuesday evening.
Saturday’s O’Brien invaders consist of Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s British-bred Treasure Beach for the Arlington Million; Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Michael Tabor’s Irish-bred filly Up for the $750,000 Beverly D.; and Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s Kentucky-bred Daddy Long Legs for the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes.
O’Brien saddled Treasure Beach to win last summer’s Secretariat and Cape Blanco to win the 2011 Arlington Million.
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