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Tuesday, October 22, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473
$1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade I)
Banks Hill/Starine -- Starine, who arrived in Chicago on a Monday flight from New York with five other Bobby Frankel-trained Breeders' Cup participants, walked Arlington Park's Barn 12 shedrow Tuesday morning. Later, defending Filly & Mare Turf champ Banks Hill, stabled at Hollywood Park, arrived just after 11 a.m. on a flight which originated in Southern California.
Juddmonte Farms elected to turn over the training duties of the previously French-based Banks Hill to Frankel following her third place finish in the Oct. 5 Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita.
"I didn't really expect her to do much in [the Yellow Ribbon] with all of the shipping she did," Frankel said. "Her training was interrupted and she got put in bad spot where she couldn't run when she wanted to. Obviously, [the other jockeys] were all looking for her; they all wanted to trap her.
"But I think it might all be a blessing in disguise. She didn't have a hard race, so she might come into this race and fire big. She's a good, healthy filly."
Starine, meanwhile, has been lightly raced this year. The French-bred mare made two starts in Southern California -- the March 23 Santa Ana Handicap at Santa Anita and May 27 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park -- which resulted in seconds. She returned to action this fall at Belmont Park, finishing fourth in the Sept. 29 Flower Bowl.
"I just couldn't keep her sound in California," said Frankel, who also owns the 5yo gray mare. "In New York, she was as sound as could be. I wasted my time the whole first half of the year with her. I should have shipped her to New York when I shipped Medaglia d'Oro out there [for the Wood Memorial in April]."
Jerry Bailey, who has won two of the first three Filly & Mare Turf races (Soaring Softly in 1999 and Perfect Sting in 2000), will ride Banks Hill. John Velazquez has the call on Starine.
Chopinina -- In all likeliness, Chopinina, who flashed brilliant early speed against males in the Atto Mile, will be on the lead during the early stages of Saturday's Filly & Mare Turf. Trainer Alec Fehr, however, is hopeful that his 4yo Lear Fan filly will control her quick turn of foot and save energy for the late stages of the 1 ¼-mile race.
"She'll probably be on the lead -- that's where she wants to be; we're not going to take her game away from her -- but I think she'll slow herself down," Fehr said from his barn at Canada's Woodbine Race Course.
Chopinina broke alertly in the Sept. 8 Atto Mile and assumed command of the race through fractions of 22 3/5, 44 4/5 and 1:08 4/5. The 55-1 longshot weakened inside the final sixteenth of a mile, but courageously held second, a length back of winner Good Journey.
"She's been very kind and relaxed in the morning since the Atto Mile," Fehr said. "She's been able to settle behind her workmates and wait for the cue from her rider."
After a modest 3yo campaign, the gray Canadian-bred developed nicely, winning her first two starts of the year in gate-to-wire fashion.
"In her second-to-last start when she went a mile and a sixteenth, she slowed down her fractions easy without any fight," Fehr said. "I think we have the option of holding her back a little bit."
Chopinina, who was cross-entered in the Mile, will continue her preparations at Woodbine until she is vanned to Chicago on Thursday evening. On Tuesday, she walked two miles the wrong way on the racetrack under tack. Emile Ramsammy will have the mount Saturday.
Fehr trains the filly for Steve Stavro, the chairman of the board for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment which owns the NHL's Maple Leafs and the NBA's Raptors in Toronto. Stavro, 75, runs his horses under the nom de course Knob Hill Stables, which is derived from his former grocery chain.
Dublino -- The 3yo filly, who was flown in from California Tuesday for trainer Laura de Seroux after working Monday at San Luis Rey Downs, has brought a new Klein into racing ownership.
Michael Klein is the major owner of the filly purchased earlier this year in France by de Seroux's husband, bloodstock agent Emmanuel de Seroux of Narvick International.
Klein, a 55-year-old investment banker from Los Angeles, is the son of the late Eugene Klein, who won four Breeders' Cup races during the 1980s before dispersing his stock in 1989.
Eugene Klein won Breeders' Cup races with Twilight Ridge in the 1985 Juvenile Fillies, Success Express in the 1987 Juvenile, Is It True in the 1988 Juvenile and Open Mind in the 1988 Juvenile Fillies.
Michael Klein's son, 24-year-old Adam, apparently inherited his grandfather's passion for the sport and encouraged his father to become an owner. Dublino will carry the blue and gold lightning bolts silks of the San Diego Chargers' professional football team made famous by Eugene Klein, a majority owner of the team at one time.
The Chargers are the surprise of the National Football League this year with a 6-1 start. That may be interpreted as a good omen for Saturday. The Michael Klein entourage Saturday includes actor Michael Douglas and his actress wife, Catherine Zeta Jones.
Golden Apples -- Trainer Ben Cecil sent his Beverly D. Stakes winner to the track to jog a mile at Santa Anita Tuesday morning as her work toward Saturday's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf continued to move forward.
"She just looks great and I'm very pleased with what she's been doing," Cecil said from his barn at Santa Anita Tuesday. He remains undecided as to when the filly will ship to Arlington Park. "I had a spot on a Tex Sutton plane Wednesday, but Mr. Tanaka [owner Gary Tanaka] wants to send her on Thursday, with his other [Breeders' Cup] horse, Falcon Flight."
Falcon Flight, trained by Donald Burke, is scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Gossamer -- See Mile
Islington -- The 3yo Irish-bred, back in against fillies after taking on males in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, cleared quarantine Tuesday morning and took some light exercise on the Arlington main track with exercise rider Tracey Thompson aboard.
"She just stretched her legs," said Stuart Messenger, assistant to trainer Michael Stoute. "We wanted to give her a look around."
The daughter of Sadler's Wells ran fifth in the Arc, two lengths behind Marienbard, after holding a clear lead until late in the stretch. Kieren Fallon, who was aboard in the Arc, will ride Saturday. Trainer Stoute was due in to Arlington Tuesday afternoon.
Kazzia -- Godolphin Racing's Kazzia, plagued by an abscess in her left front foot, missed a third day of training Tuesday at Belmont Park.
"We are hoping to get her to the track tomorrow," assistant trainer Tom Albertrani said, noting that the filly also had an abscess days before her winning effort in the Flower Bowl Invitational.
Kazzia is scheduled to ship to Arlington on Thursday. Jorge Chavez has the call Saturday.
Owsley -- The 4yo filly walked the shedrow at Belmont Park Tuesday after walking Monday. She is being shipped to Arlington Thursday.
"There's no benefit for being there early," trainer Randy Schulhofer said. "I like coming at the last minute. I'll be able to keep her out of all of the hoopla."
Riskaverse -- With the "dogs" far out on the Arlington turf course, Riskaverse breezed a strong half-mile in 54 1/5, under exercise rider Dan Vogt on Tuesday morning. Trainer Pat Kelly and his wife, Karen, watched from the clubhouse as the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup winner seemed to relish the chilly morning and the chance to get out on the grass.
Since her QE II victory was only 10 days ago (Oct. 12 at Keeneland), Kelly wanted to see the 3yo Dyanaformer filly give a strong showing here before making his decision on running her in Saturday's Filly & Mare Turf.
"They timed her, but the 'dogs' were so far out that I don't know how accurate the time was," Kelly said. "But I sent her out today with the idea of just getting her to stretch her legs. She seemed very happy out there, and that was what I wanted to see. We're still waiting to make a decision -- probably finalize that on Wednesday -- but her effort today was very encouraging."
Mark Guidry will ride her if she runs in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Turtle Bow -- The Flower Bowl Stakes runnerup breezed a half-mile in 49 at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, according to trainer Niall O'Callaghan. The 3yo daughter of Turtle Island is trained by Francois Rohaut.
O'Callaghan said, "She's been here with me for about three weeks, and has just done super. She will van up to Arlington Friday morning."
The filly will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon, who was aboard in the Flower Bowl when she was beaten a neck by Kazzia.
Voodoo Dancer -- The filly galloped 1 ¼ miles Tuesday at Belmont Park and will ship Wednesday to Arlington Park.
A rider has not yet been named, a spokesman for trainer Christophe Clement said. Clement was en route from Florida to New York.
Zenda -- The 3yo daughter of Zamindar, who was beaten a neck in her U.S. debut in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 12, was vanning in from Kentucky and due to arrive at Arlington Tuesday afternoon. The English-bred, trained by John Gosden, won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp in May.
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Monday, October 21, 2002
Contact: Notes Team (847) 385-7472/7473
$1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade I)
Banks Hill/Starine -- Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel worked each of his seven Breeders' Cup participants Monday, including Filly & Mare Turf contenders Banks Hill and Starine.
Starine worked 3f on dirt in 38 2/5 at Belmont Park under the watchful eye of Frankel, while Banks Hill, stabled at Hollywood Park, covered 5f on the main track in 1:02.
"I worked all of them and they went great," Frankel said. "It was just what I was looking for. No one looked better than the other because they all went perfect."
Starine will be flown to Arlington Park on Monday afternoon with Frankel's other New York-based Breeders' Cup participants. Banks Hill is booked on an early Tuesday flight from Southern California.
"Banks Hill worked in company with Euchre," said Banks Hill's exercise rider Marco Ramirez. "Euchre broke off about three or four lengths ahead of her. They were supposed to work together, but the other horse is hard to relax. I just kept the filly relaxed and let her finish a little bit at the end. I did what I was told, five-eighths in 1:02."
Frankel, who won his first Breeders' Cup race last year in the Sprint with Squirtle Squirt, will ride Jerry Bailey on Banks Hill and John Velazquez on Starine. Bailey replaces Corey Nakatani.
Frankel has three starts in the Filly & Mare Turf, including millionaire Starine, who finished 10th last year. Juddmonte Farms' Banks Hill, the defending Filly & Mare Turf champ, was transferred to Frankel's barn following her troubled third in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 5. Previously, she was campaigned in France by Andre Fabre. Her lone victory in five starts this year was the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.
Chopinina -- Chopinina, who nearly stole the Atto Mile versus males at 55-1 in her last start, is scheduled to arrive at Arlington Park late Thursday night following a van ride from her base at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto.
Trainer Alec Fehr put the finishing touches on her Filly & Mare Turf preparations with a workout at Woodbine on Sunday.
"We worked her five-eighths, but the clockers only caught her going a half-mile because it was early and on the dark side," Fehr said. "It was only recorded as a :50 3/5 half-mile. Considering the horse we're dealing with, I think that was okay.
"It was a good breeze on turf and it was the first time that I've worked her on the turf. It was soft and deep and I wanted for her to get a feel for that type of course because we'll likely have that kind of course Saturday. Once she got going, she was really willing."
Fehr, who has engaged Emile Ramsammy to ride, has cross-entered the 4yo Lear Fan filly in both the Filly & Mare Turf (first preference) and Mile (second).
"We're going to run in the Filly & Mare Turf," Fehr said. "Her chances of getting into the Mile are slim."
Following her Sunday exercise, Chopinina walked Fehr's shedrow Monday.
The gray Canadian-bred won her first two starts of the year before her runner-up effort to Good Journey in the Atto Mile after setting the pace for most of the way. Overall, she has won four of 10 starts and $386,626.
Dublino -- The 3yo filly completed worked at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Calif. Monday morning. "She worked a half mile from the three-eighth pole," said trainer Laura de Seroux. "She went three furlongs in 35 3/5, a half in 47 3/5, and galloped out in 1:03.
"She went the last quarter in 23 1/5, and she's a turf filly working on dirt," said de Seroux, elated with the move. "It looked like she was going in slow motion."
Brian Eide worked the filly, who will again be ridden by Kent Desormeaux. Dublino is scheduled to be flown east Tuesday from California. She last raced on Aug. 24, winning the Del Mar Oaks.
Golden Apples -- The winner of Arlington Park's Beverly D. Stakes and Oak Tree's Yellow Ribbon Stakes turned a sharp 5f on the Santa Anita turf in 1:02 2/5 Sunday in her final tune-up for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
"She did it very nicely," said trainer Ben Cecil, nephew of British training legend, Henry Cecil. The 4yo daughter of Pivotal, owned by Gary Tanaka, made her U.S. debut by scoring in the Del Mar Oaks last year. Since then she's won four other races, finished second three times and one third in eight outings.
Golden Apples, who will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, will be flown to Arlington either on Wednesday or Thursday, Cecil said.
Gossamer -- See Mile
Irresistible Jewel -- The 3yo Irish-bred filly, second in the Prix de l'Opera last out, will not be coming to Arlington Park. Trainer Dermot Weld said the daughter of Danehill was done for the year after a busy campaign that comprised seven starts.
Islington -- The 3yo Irish-bred filly by Sadler's Wells, fifth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 6, arrived at Arlington Park late Monday night after a flight from England and was bedded down in the quarantine barn. The Michael Stoute-trained filly, who won two G1 stakes in England against fillies and mares, was making her first stakes start against males in the Arc.
Ian Willows, a Stoute assistant who accompanied the horses to the U.S., reported that the trip was uneventful and the horses had settled in comfortably.
Kazzia -- Godolphin Racing's Flower Bowl Invitational winner Kazzia missed her second straight day of training Monday at Belmont Park because of an abscess in her left front foot according to assistant trainer Tom Albertrani.
Albertrani said he hopes to get Kazzia back to the track by Wednesday, and, if all goes well, would ship to Arlington on Thursday with Jorge Chavez to ride Saturday.
Owsley -- The 4yo worked 4f in 51 1/5 on soft turf with the dogs up and "way out" at Belmont Park Monday, trainer Randy Schulhofer said. She covered the first quarter in 26 2/5, and Schulhofer said she "came home strong."
"It's a good time considering that the turf was soft and the dogs were out," he said.
The filly ships from New York to Chicago Thursday.
Though George Martens is her usual exercise rider, Schulhofer's wife, Laura, will handle the duties at Arlington. Edgar Prado will ride Saturday.
Riskaverse -- Trainer Pat Kelly knows it is a quick turnaround for the 3-year-old Dynaformer filly to come back in the Filly & Mare Turf after winning the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Oct. 12. But Kelly will reserve a final decision until Tuesday after she works on the Arlington turf course.
"I just got her turf slip here from the racing office," Kelly said this morning at Arlington Park. "I'm not sure, but I'll either give her a strong gallop or breeze her. I've never had to do too much with her. Her races keep her pretty fit, and she came out of this last one in great shape. I brought her over to the pony track this morning, and she was bucking and kicking. After she works tomorrow, we'll make a final decision."
With two wins and two seconds in six starts this year, Riskaverse in coming to hand at the right time for Kelly. Mark Guidry, who rode her to victory in the QE II, will get the repeat call if she runs on Saturday.
Turtle Bow -- The 3yo French-bred daughter of Turtle Island, beaten a neck by Kazzia in her American debut last month in the Flower Bowl at Belmont, is scheduled to ship in from Churchill Downs on Tuesday. Francois Rohaut trains the filly, who won the Prix d'Astarte at Deauville in August.
Voodoo Dancer -- The 4yo filly galloped at Belmont Park Monday. "Both (Voodoo Dancer and stablemate, Mile entrant Forbidden Apple) galloped well and are doing well," said trainer Christophe Clement, who was reached at his stable at Payson Park in South Florida. Clement said no decision had been made on a jockey.
Zenda -- The 3yo daughter of Zamindar, second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 12, is scheduled to ship to Arlington from Keeneland by van on Tuesday. John Gosden trains the English-bred filly, who won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches at Longchamp in May.
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