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Arlington International Barn Notes (8/3/14)

Contact: Michael Adolphson

In today's notes:


Two talented and highly regarded colts aiming toward the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes worked Sunday morning at Arlington International Racecourse in advance of their date with the Arlington Million Day event. Gary and Mary West’s Highball and Glen Hill Farm’s Global View worked minutes apart on the turf course, with the former navigating five furlongs and the latter going seven.

Highball, a lightly raced son of Lemon Drop Kid who will be making only his fourth start in the Secretariat, is coming off a rallying third in the Grade III American Derby on Million Preview Day, July 12. Previous to that race, he was an impressive winner of a 1 1/8-miles maiden special weight at Churchill Downs, closing his final eighth in :11.91. On Sunday morning, the bay colt worked with graded stakes-winning stablemate Infinite Magic. Both worked in 1:01 flat, with Florent Geroux atop Highball and Channing Hill aboard Infinite Magic.

“Both horses did very well,” said Catalano’s assistant trainer Fernando Canteria. “It was a good work; a simple five-eighths.” Team Valor’s Infinite Magic is being considered for the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger on Million Day.

Global View, who is coming off a tough trip in the Grade I Belmont Derby Invitational on July 6, worked his seven panels in pleasing fashion, according to Tom Proctor’s assistant trainer, Lindsay Schultz. “The colt worked very nice, ears pricked and went easy,” she explained.

Even though Global View has won graded stakes in his career at a mile and a sixteenth and a mile – and broke his maiden sprinting down the hill at Santa Anita going about 6 1/2 furlongs – his best performances may be yet to come, considering his pedigree. By the great Galileo out of the Storm Cat mare Egyptian Queen – herself a half Grade II San Felipe Stakes winner A. P. Warrior – the $500,000 purchase could appreciate the Secretariat’s 1 1/4-miles distance.


The Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. continues to shape up as an excellent contest, with Palace now added to the fray. Owned by Coolmore principals Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier, Palace is an Aidan O’Brien trainee coming off a poor performance in the Group I Irish Oaks on July 19, but had previously won the Listed Cairn Rouge Stakes just five days prior at Killarney.

Being by speed-laden sire Fastnet Rock, it is no surprise that her aforementioned victory and her excellent second in the Group III Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial on May 11 both came at or around a mile. A cutback from the 1 1/2 miles of the Irish Oaks to the 1 3/16 miles of the Beverly D. may be welcome if the sophomore takes on her elders.

In other news, MD Bloodstock Limited’s L’Amour de Ma Vie is out of consideration for the Beverly D. after running in Sunday’s Group I Prix Rothschild at Deauville in the north of France. The flashy gray Dansili mare was to run in the Beverly D. for trainer Pia Brandt only if the ground at Deauville was too soft and she scratched from the event. She ran last of four.


Coffeepot Stable’s promising juvenile filly Winter Dawn, who had been training at Arlington International Racecourse before shipping up to Saratoga for her debut, won an impressive maiden to open the Sunday card at The Spa. The Wayne Catalano-trained daughter of Sky Mesa broke alertly, followed the speed and then overcame a tight trip between horses in the final drive to beat Eclipse Thoroughbred Partner’s Todd Pletcher-trained 4-5 favorite Feathered by a head under Shaun Bridgmohan.

“She showed her class from the beginning and did everything the right way,” said Fernando Canteria, Catalano’s assistant. “Any horse can work fast going three furlongs, but she started doing it at four and five furlongs. She kept working well and is a very smart filly. I got nervous when she was between horses, but I’m really glad she won.

“I told Shaun to work her to get a feel for her the other day. He worked her and said, ‘Oh my God, I think we have something’ and I said, ‘I know’,” Canteria laughed. “We were actually so close to not running her. She may have needed another work and she actually had just worked two days ago on Aug. 1 – but we ran her and look at what she did. When you go to Saratoga you take a horse who can run and she definitely can.”

With boss Catalano still in the hospital recovering from pneumonia, Canteria has called many of the shots in his absence, but it was a call from the boss that made his day. “I was so surprised to see ‘Wayne’s cell phone’ popping up on my screen. He was really happy with the race. He’s very high on this filly.” Out of the Rubiano mare Reboot, Winter Dawn was a $185,000 purchase last summer at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga sale.

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