Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/9/12)
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JOCKEY JULIO FELIX SORE BUT TRYING FOR THURSDAY RETURN
Arlington jockey Julio Felix, injured when he and the juvenile filly he was riding fell during the running of Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, is presently planning to return to the saddle in time for Thursday’s racing program.
Richard Perkins and Hinsley Racing Stable’s You Bought Her, the filly Felix was riding, also emerged from the incident unharmed and walked off the track under her own power.
“(Julio’s) collarbone was displaced, not broken,” said Liz Morris, Felix’s agent when contacted for an update on Felix’s condition Sunday morning. “The hospital had an instrument that grabbed his collarbone and put it back in place.
“He’s quite ‘body sore,’” Morris said. “He’s off his mounts today but that will give him four days to do the things he needs to do to get rid of the soreness. He expects to ride Thursday. Julio feels like he could have won the race and said he had a lot of horse when the spill happened.”
GOLD EDGE LOOKING GOLDEN SUNDAY FOLLOWING LASSIE TALLY
Dolphus Morrison’s Gold Edge, heroine of Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie at Chicago’s northwest suburban oval, came out of her race in good order and was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Lon Wiggins.
“Her legs are ice cold this morning,” Wiggins said of the undefeated homebred daughter of the Morrisons’ mare Gold Spike. “She’s a little tired today but that’s to be expected. We’re very proud of this filly. We’ve made a lot of progress with her over the last month.
“We wanted to hustle her a little bit out of the gate yesterday and then slow her down during the first part of the race,” Wiggins said. “That’s just what Chris (jockey Emigh) did. He timed her late move perfectly.
“We’re not quite sure what’s next for her but we’ll probably take her to Keeneland,” Wiggins concluded. “We’ll wait a few days and then come up with a game plan.”
Darrell and Evelyn Yates’ La Song, the Wayne Catalano trainee who finished second by a neck to Gold Edge in the Lassie, as well as the Catalano-trained Lassie favorite Flying Rapunzel, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, both also came out of the Lassie in fine fettle according to Arlington’s leading trainer.
“Both fillies are doing well,” said Catalano Sunday morning. “(La Song) showed her speed again on the lead like she was but she hung in there pretty good at the end. We were a little disappointed with (Flying Rapunzel). She didn’t quite fire like we had hoped she would.
“I’ll probably point to (Keeneland’s Grade I) Alcibiades (Oct. 5) with La Song,” Catalano said. “We’d like to stay on the Poly with her, but I don’t know about the other one (Flying Rapunzel) just yet.”
ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY FOLLOW UP
Swifty Farms’ Pataky Kid, winner of Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, was still on the grounds at Arlington Sunday morning but his trainer Tom Proctor had left Chicago earlier.
However, shortly after Saturday’s local Futurity Proctor had indicated that Keeneland’s Grade I Breeders’ Futurity Oct. 6 was a likely next goal.
Curtis Green’s Muppet Man, the front-running Futurity favorite who held down the place position at the wire, also emerged unscathed, according to his trainer Jimmy DiVito.
“I think he just can’t get the distance,” said DiVito Sunday, “but he gave it a good go for a half-mile. If I have anything to say about it, I’d like to keep him sprinting. I would like to take him to California for that 2-year-old sprint ($500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint).”
PUCKER UP POSSIBLE STARTER LEADING ASTRAY GETS SUNDAY WORK
Team Block’s Leading Astray, Arlington’s $65,000 Hatoof heroine and winner of her last three starts, breezed five-eighths in 1:06.80 Sunday over Arlington’s grass course with the “dogs” well out from the rail and galloped out three-quarters in 1:12. The sophomore daughter of Belong to Me is nominated to Saturday’s Grade III Pucker Up Stakes over the local turf.
BEVERLY D. CONTESTANT UP WINS IN IRELAND SUNDAY
Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Irish-bred sophomore filly Up, sixth in Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes August 18 when facing older mares, won Ireland’s Group II Blandford Stakes on Sunday at The Curragh.
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