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Arlington International Notes (8/30/14)

Contact: Michael Adolphson

In today's notes:


Curtis Green’s well regarded A. P.’s Glory leads the nominations for next Saturday’s Listed $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie – a race which could function as a stepping stone to a possible Breeders’ Cup bid for the talented daughter of Mineshaft. A winner in lights-out fashion of her debut at Arlington International Racecourse on July 10 over the Polytrack, the athletic dark bay returned three weeks later on Aug. 2 to display her versatility with a victory in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies over Mountaineer’s dirt surface under mild urging. Trained by Jimmy DiVito, the Kentucky homebred is still on the fence for the race, as her talent has the conditioner judiciously plotting the best way to possibly get her to Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

Second behind A. P.’s Glory at Mountaineer and also considering the Lassie is Bernard Schaeffer’s Heart’s Song. While running a deceptively strong race, she was held at bay by the winner by 1 1/2 lengths, but distanced herself from the remaining nine fillies by 9 1/2 lengths. Trained by William Connelly, the daughter of Desert Party has markedly improved in each of her three starts.

Crystal Racing Enterprises’ Happy to Go is a planned runner for trainer Armando De La Cerda and brings some excellent class to the table after a third in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine on June 28. That strong run was one race after a successful debut at Arlington, winning by a neck in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight on May 29. Last out – after a six-week break – the daughter of Saint Anddan was a troubled fifth in the Ontario Debutante at Woodbine, losing by a grand total of 1 1/4 lengths to the well regarded Dixie Twist.

Impressive local maiden winner Lemon Gala is under serious consideration for trainer Dale Bennett and owners Twyla Beckner and Howard Durand. Fourth on debut behind A. P.’s Glory on July 10, she returned exactly a month later to spurt away from her rivals over the same course and seven-furlong distance as the Lassie under a very confident Edgar Perez.

Veteran trainer Christine Janks has nominated two promising maiden winners in Puntsville and Sugar Talk, with the former more likely. A daughter of Cashel Castle owned by S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership, Puntsville was a wire-to-wire winner of her second run on July 31. Previously, she was second behind A. P.’s Glory in what has evidently come to be a formful maiden. Sugar Talk – owned by Janks’ Carson Springs Farm – won an Aug. 17 maiden in workmanlike fashion by two lengths. She is less likely for the race, but not out of the question.

Perhaps the most intriguing possible runner is Casner Racing’s Susan’s Day – a daughter of Colonel John who won an Aug. 20 maiden at Presque Isle Downs at a mile with a nice turn of foot. Training at Arlington throughout the summer, the Eoin Harty pupil continues to impress in the mornings, but would be stepping back a furlong and a turn in the Lassie.


Ike and Dawn Thrash’s promising Ike Turner, a long-striding exceptional maiden victor over the Grade III $125,000 Arlington-Washington’s seven-furlong distance last out, leads the noms for the juvenile centerpiece of the Arlington International Racecourse meet. By Bellamy Road out of a Hold That Tiger mare, the dark bay relished the added distance in what was his second career start and is committed to the race, according to trainer Mike Stidham.

Mellon Patch Stable’s locally based stakes winner Private Prospect is possible for the Futurity after winning an Arlington maiden on June 26, the $75,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile and $100,000 Prairie Juvenile Mile in succession. Trained by Mike Campbell, the son of Discreet Cat actually flipped in the paddock before his debut, landing on originally assigned jockey Sheldon Russell – resulting in a lengthy injury vacation for the rider. Last out, the temperamental bay stepped up from 5 1/2 furlongs to a two-turn mile and won by a neck over Lucky Player and Recount.

Recount is also under serious consideration for the Futurity for owner Doubledown Stable and trainer Jimmy DiVito. The son of Limehouse took his maiden with aplomb on July 20, but was wheeled back on 20 days of rest to finish third after a troubled trip in the aforementioned Prairie Juvenile Mile. DiVito expects a much improved performance from the gelding, pointing to the surface and distance as positives for the charge.

Stormy Wayllen could provide trainer Wayne Catalano with a second consecutive Futurity after his victory last year with Susan Moulton’s Solitary Ranger. A son of Stormy Atlantic owned by Moulton, Catalano and Darrell and Evelyn Yates, Stormy Wayllen was a comfortable winner of a one-mile turf maiden on July 26. While still on the fence for the event, the charge would provide a home town flavor, as he is named after Catalano’s first grandson Wayllen Hill – son of Shelbi Catalano and local jockey Channing Hill.

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