|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Robert Schaedle III's Honor Glide, one of only three horses to sweep Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple, vaulted his owner from relative obscurity to national prominence on the Thoroughbred racing scene in 1997.
The late Ogden Phipps, who owned Buckpasser, the previous Mid-America Triple winner 31 years earlier, came from a family that had been prominent in racing for more than a century.
Now comes a new unfamiliar ownership duo named Jerry Givens & Jack Gullatt with a horse named Seainsky trained by Wesley Hawley. Together the group has a dream to start their son of Sea Hero in the Grade II Arlington Classic on June 29 - a mere two weeks from Saturday.
The Arlington Classic, the first Grade II event of the 2002 season at Arlington, is also the first leg of the Mid-America Triple. The Series continues on July 21 with the Grade II American Derby and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat as part of the International Festival of Racing on Arlington Million Day August 17.
How good is Seainsky?
"He's easily the best horse I've ever had," said Hawley, a new face on the Arlington backstretch currently splitting his stable between Arlington and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas. "He's only started five times, with two wins and two seconds, but those seconds came behind a colt by A. P. Indy and a colt by Danzig."
Not that Seainsky needs to apologize for his own parentage. By the 1993 Kentucky Derby winner, the gelding is out of a Nijinsky II mare and seems to have ideal bloodlines for a career over the lawn.
"He almost died on us Christmas Day," said Hawley, explaining his sophomore's light campaign to date. "Luckily, he seems to have as many lives as a cat. When he got pneumonia this winter, we came within a couple of hours of having to make a decision, but I kept giving him medicine four times a day - I'd have my wife wake me up in the middle of the night - and he responded to it. Thirty days later he was acting good again, and by the beginning of March he was racing again. He's looking great now and if things continue to go right, we'll run him in the Classic, and I'll be making a good bet on him."
Hawley, 39, from Beaver, Oklahoma, "a small town in the panhandle," started out as a classmate of Doug Bredar, now the Churchill Downs racing secretary, when together they attended the University of Arizona race track program in Tucson, but Hawley couldn't afford to stay through to graduate. He began to do physical therapy on horses for other people, working on such good ones as Dispersal, Rockamundo, and Shot Gun Scott.
"I've been around trainers like Bud Delp, when he had Dispersal, and J.R. Smith when he was around Oaklawn, as well as Richard Hazelton," Hawley said. "I've learned something from each of them, not the least of which was that there might be two or three ways to do the same thing. It's not so much that there's a right way or a wrong way - it's what works best for you. I've learned a lot in my career by just watching people like that."
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will offer the NTRA Summer Pick Three for the first time in 2002 this Saturday as the first of three national pick three wagers to be held over the next several weeks.
Arlington Park Thoroughbred racing fans will be able to wager on Saturday's NTRA Pick Three through the wagering hub at Lone Star Park. The NTRA Pick Three will also be broadcast as part of the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour on CBS" between 4-5 p.m. Central Time.
Saturday's NTRA Pick Three will include the Dallas Turf Cup, the Grade II Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks from Hollywood Park and the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap from Churchill Downs.
A subsequent NTRA Pick Three will be conducted June 29 to include the Grade II Arlington Classic from Arlington Park, the Grade II Molly Pitcher Handicap from Monmouth Park and the Grade I Mother Goose from Belmont Park.
Still another NTRA Pick Three will be offered July 6 to include the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf from Arlington Park, the Grade I United Nations Handicap from Monmouth Park and the Grade II Suburban Handicap from Belmont Park.
The latter NTRA Pick Threes, all part of the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour on CBS," will be also be broadcast between 4-5 p.m. Central Time, with Monmouth Park serving as the wagering hub for fans on hand on Arlington Park.
Jockey E. T. Baird kept leading rider Rene Douglas within his sights Wednesday by riding WinStar Farm LLC's Zeta to a tally in the seventh race of the afternoon.
Douglas, the defending champion at Arlington Park and two in front of Baird at the present time, maintained his two-win advantage over Baird after scoring with Richard E. Trebat's Switch in the fourth event. Douglas had nine wins at the meeting through Wednesday while Baird has visited the winner's circle seven times through the conclusion of the program.
"I'm just happy that trainers are giving me the opportunity to ride for them," said Baird of his quick start at Arlington. "They're giving me the chance to go out and do my job. The trainers that I have been riding for have stuck with me right along, and I appreciate it. They're the ones I'm winning races for. I just hope it keeps up."
In an early Father's Day present, Eddie Razo Jr. rode the first of two winners for a horse trained and partially owned by his father when he guided Eusebio Razo Sr. & Good Luck Farm's Deacon Drive to a score in the first race Wednesday. The younger Razo also scored with Carolyn Friedberg's Serai in the fifth race.
The early Father's Day theme was renewed in the second race when Jere R. Smith Jr. saddled Tom and Jere Stable's Four Times a Charm for the victory, and his father, trainer Jere R. Smith Sr., took down winning honors in the fourth race of the day with Switch.
Among the Arlington Park Father's Day attractions this Sunday is a Daily Racing Form Handicapping Seminar from noon to 12:30 p.m. in the Starting Gate Theater. Steve Crist, editor and publisher of Daily Racing Form, and Marcus Hersh, Illinois correspondent for that publication, will co-host the seminar. Following the seminar, author Crist will autograph purchased copies of "Bet With The Best."
Sunday's Father's Day program at Arlington Park is also a Pepsi Family Day, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune.
The band at Friday's Miller Lite Party in the Park will be The Only Sons, a cover band that plays music by Jimmy Buffet as well as The Beach Boys.
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