|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Frank C. Calabrese's Golden Antigua, a victress in each of her last two outings, and Louis L. Haggin III's Tabadabado, who has been in the money in her last five starts, may vie for favoritism when they face six other fillies and mares in Thursday's $45,000 added Possibly Perfect Stakes.
The Possibly Perfect will be the featured event on the Fourth of July program at Arlington Park. A special late post time of 4 p.m. will be in effect for Thursday's Firecracker Day fixture. The special late first post is designed to mesh with the traditional fireworks show at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval that will follow shortly after the races.
If all eight distaffers go postward in the nine-furlong turf test, the Possibly Perfect will have a gross value of $47,400, with a $28,440 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
In her last trip to the post on June 15 at Arlington when going a mile and an eighth on the main track, Golden Antigua pressed the early pace, took command in mid-stretch and drew clear at the wire. Before that, however, when racing in Hawthorne's grassy Nicole Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth, the 5-year-old mare was unhurried early and made a bold stretch run to tally by a half-length.
Trained by Wayne Catalano, currently the leading conditioner at Arlington, Golden Antigua will be ridden by E. T. Baird, who was aboard in both her recent victories. She is a daughter of 1991 Preakness and Belmont winner Hansel, who also won the Arlington-Washington Futurity in 1990.
Tabadabado, an invader from Kentucky, is by the 1992 Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Gilded Time, who went on to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Eclipse Award Championship that year.
Trained by Elliott Walden, Tabadabado closed willingly to be second by a length when going one mile over the turf course at Churchill Downs June 9. Previously, the Kentucky-bred mare, another 5-year-old, was victorious by a neck when going a mile and a sixteenth over the Louisville lawn. Leading rider Rene Douglas is named to handle the reins.
Larry Bielfeldt & Ed Weaver's Salty Farma could provide strong competition for the top two. A 4-year-old filly by Salt Lake out of a Farma Way mare, she defeated Tabadabado in that last outing June 9 at the Twin Spires oval when going a mile. She was ninth in the Grade III Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day in her previous trip to the post.
The David Kassen trainee, who will be ridden by Carlos Marquez, Jr. in the July 4 feature, won a pair of allowance races at a mile and a sixteenth in New Orleans last winter.
Regatta Stable's Twilite Tryst, Chris Emigh; Richard L. Duchossois' Applesolutely, Frank Lovato Jr.; Gary A. Tanaka's Moonlady, Ray Sibille; Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Lady of Peace, Larry Sterling; and Sandbar Farm's Lunar Star, Eddie Razo Jr. complete the Possibly Perfect field.
John A. Chandler's Cetewayo, hero of the Grade I Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf last winter in South Florida, is expected to accept racing secretary David Bailey's impost of 118 pounds in Saturday's Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf. The 71st running of the Stars and Stripes, a mile and a half race will be contested over the Arlington Park's world famous turf course.
In his last trip to the post on June 8, the 8-year-old son of His Majesty took down winning honors in the $100,000 Greenwood Cup Handicap at Philadelphia Park when going a mile and a half at that Mid-Atlantic oval.
Cetewayo, conditioned by the legendary Michael Dickinson at his Tapeta Farm training facility on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, was third in the Grade III Elkhorn at Keeneland April 24 and a good second in the Grade II Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream March 23.
Diamond C Stable's Pisces, assigned a pound less than Cetewayo in the Stars and Stripes weights, is also expected to be a participant in Saturday's 12-furlong grass test. Pisces, a Ken McPeek trainee, finished in a dead heat for second in the Grade III Louisville Handicap June 1 at Churchill Downs but was subsequently adjudged the co-winner.
Finishing in front of Pisces under the wire in that last outing at the Twin Spires oval was W. Claiborne and W. C. Jacobs Two Point Two Mill, who was subsequently disqualified and placed eighth. Two Point Two Mill is expected to try and make amends for that defeat in Saturday's Stars and Stripes. The 5-year-old by Known Fact is assigned 113 pounds.
Centaur Farms Inc.'s Classic Par, who dead-heated with Pisces as the eventual winner of the Louisville Handicap, is also expected to start in Saturday's Stars and Stripes and is assigned 115 pounds. The son of Sky Classic is the only expected starter for Saturday's race that is also nominated to the Grade I Arlington Million August 17.
Others expected for Saturday's holiday weekend highlight include Gary A. Tanaka's Riddlestown, 114; Dolphus Morrison's Red Mountain, 113; Alan Drey's Bahroba, 112; Starlex Farm's Private Son, 111; and Larry F. Telle's Red Antics, 110.
Red Antics is trained by Tom Amoss, who saddled the winner of two out of the last three Stars and Stripes renewals, and three out of the last six.
Sunday's $45,000 added Bowl Game Stakes, for 3-year-olds and upward, will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf and has attracted 21 nominations.
Those expressing early interest in Sunday's feature include James W. Orr Jr.'s Associate; Gordon Stiegal & Chapman LLC's Fact Not Fiction; Pam Slaughter & Jack Murphy's Jake The Flake; Mt. Joy Stables Inc.'s Just Like Jimmy; Horse Cents Stable's Mister Volare; Lothenbach Stables Inc.'s Promise of War and Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's War Council.
Trainer Mickey Goldfine is expected to start either Arthur I. Appleton's Galic Boy or Flamin' Jolie, but not both.
Those considered possible for the Bowl Game include Andrew F. Dowden III's Private Bound and Centaur Farms Inc.'s Talkmeister.
The 8' x 16' Mitsubishi Diamond Vision Screen LED board now operating in the Paddock at Arlington Park is the first of its kind placed at any Thoroughbred racecourse.
Programs for the Breeders' Cup Future Bet, which starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday, will be available at all program stands at Arlington Park beginning tomorrow. The free 12-page publication will also be available at Arlington Park's five Trackside OTBs.
Jeff Lifson will be the CBS talent at Arlington Park for Saturday's Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf as part of "The NTRA Summer Racing Tour on CBS" telecast. The Stars and Stripes will be combined with Monmouth Park's Grade I United Nations Handicap and Belmont Park's Grade II Suburban Handicap as part of the NTRA Summer Pick Three.
The third CDSN Pick 4 will be offered Saturday and includes races from Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Hollywood Park and Calder Race Course. The first CDSN Pick 4 held June 22 paid $79.70 for a $1 wager. The second CDSN Pick 4 held June 29 returned $298.90 for a $1 wager.
Sunday's $65.40 win payoff for Leba & Mike Milkes' Sams Tune in the seventh race of the afternoon was the largest straight price of the young Arlington Park season.
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