Arlington International Barn Notes (6/26/15)
Contact: Michael Adolphson
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EURO CHARLINE POINTING TO BEVERLY D. DEFENSE
Team Valor International made history in 2014 when its silks were in the winner’s circle following the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington International Racecourse. The globally respected operation’s Euro Charline, trained by Marco Botti, became the first 3-year-old filly to defeat her elders in the fixture and did so by beating no fewer than six Grade I winners, including Breeders’ Cup winner Stephanie’s Kitten and European classic winner Just the Judge – who would go on to duplicate their second- and third-place Beverly D. finishes in the Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf just over two months later at Santa Anita.
Barry Irwin, founder and CEO of Team Valor, confirmed that Euro Charline is likely to defend her title on Aug. 15. Initially sent from the Botti yard to that of U.S.-based conditioner Todd Pletcher following her triumph, she was injured while preparing for Keeneland’s Grade I $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and subsequently returned to Newmarket-based Botti to aim for her 4-year-old season.
The daughter of Myboycharlie has only raced once since - in the Group I $5,000,000 Dubai Turf on Mar. 28 – a race in which she finished fourth to internationally renowned multiple Group I winner Solow after reluctantly setting the pace. Last out, the temperamental bay filly was scratched at the gate before the Group II $212,443 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting as the 6-1 second favorite. The Duke of Cambridge – previously known as the Windsor Forest Stakes – produced 2013 Beverly D. winner Dank and 2012 third-place finisher Joviality.
DRAMEDY TO STARS AND STRIPES
John James Revocable Trust’s graded stakes-winning Dramedy, who continues to impress in his Arlington International Racecourse works, has been confirmed as pointing toward the Grade III $100,000 Stars and Stripes on July 11 at Arlington International Racecourse by his connections. Considered for the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Handicap on the same card, the Gerry Aschinger trainee will opt for the 1 1/2-miles Stars and Stripes – the same distance as his sole graded victory – in lieu of the 1 3/16-miles Arlington Million prep.
Assistant trainer Sandy Adkins, who also rides the son of Distorted Humor in his morning drills, confirmed that the WinStar Farm-bred bay will stay going three turns. Regally bred, Dramedy is a half-brother to Grade I-winning sire Bluegrass Cat and has only started 15 times in his career. Now a 6-year-old and still intact, Dramedy was impressive winning the Grade II $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland last out on Apr. 18, racing on or near the lead throughout.
“I wish we could have got an allowance race for him between the two (races), but he’s doing great otherwise,” Adkins said. “He’s definitely aiming for the Stars and Stripes.”
RECOUNT RETURNS IN SUNDAY FEATURE
Doubledown Stables’ Recount, the reigning champion Illinois-bred 2-year-old of 2014, will return to the site of his greatest victory on Sunday when the son of Limehouse runs in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance event at Arlington International Racecourse. The Jimmy DiVito-trained bay gelding will race against older horses for the first time, while using such as a prep for the one-mile $50,000-added Springfield Stakes on July 25 at the Chicagoland oval.
Last year, the Illinois-bred won his debut at Arlington by 4 1/2 lengths over future multiple stakes-placed Richie Scherer trainee Bourbon Cowboy. He would go on to finish third to subsequent Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contestant and fellow Arlington graduate Private Prospect in the $100,000 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile – his lone two-turn attempt – before besting that rival in the Grade III $125,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity four weeks later at Arlington over seven furlongs.
Given the winter off, Recount returned to wire a state-bred field in the $50,000 Land of Lincoln Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course on Apr. 11. He then returned to open company to finish a game second to multiple stakes winner A M Milky Way in the $75,000 Golden Circle Stakes at Prairie Meadows on May 1. Both of those races were at six furlongs.
Sunday’s event, which goes as the sixth race, will be his sixth lifetime start. In a quintet of trips to the post, he garners three victories, a second and a third for earnings of $162,255 and is 2-for-2 at Arlington.
Hilary Pridham, Haynes Stables, Angela Ellis and Marette Farrell’s Toutsie Rules continues to work well toward her return for trainer Mike Stidham. On Friday morning, the daughter of Roman Ruler worked a half-mile in :47.60.
Unraced juvenile James Lane continues to impress in the mornings for trainer Eoin Harty and owner Godolphin Racing. By Bernardini, the bay colt worked a solid half-mile in :48.40.
Another unraced juvenile to watch is Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Candy Ride filly Wake the Dawn, who worked a bullet three panels in :35.80 for trainer Mike Stidham. A homebred, she is out of the Thrashes’ Grade I-placed stakes winner Third Dawn and was a $140,000 RNA at Keeneland’s September sale last year.
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