|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
David P. Holloway Racing Stable Inc.'s Bet On Sunshine, champion in the last three renewals of the $100,000 Arlington Sprint, heads a list of 22 nominations to the Grade III Hanshin Cup, a handicap for 3-year-olds and upward to be run at one mile July 20 at Arlington Park.
Bet On Sunshine, who was also third in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1997 at Hollywood Park and again in 2000 at Churchill Downs, most recently was fourth in the Grade III Aristides Handicap at the Twin Spires oval on June 29.
James Tafel LLC's Binthebest, second in the Aristides and third in the Grade II Churchill Downs Handicap on Kentucky Derby Day, is another Hanshin Cup nominee, as is Tafel's Unshaded, winner of the Grade I Travers at Saratoga two years ago.
Highlighting Hanshin Cup nominees that made their last starts locally is Tom Tomillo Jr. & Emilio Geloso's Talknow, winner of the $42,000 Dr. Fager Handicap in his last start June 30. Talknow has won his last three starts and been no worse than second in his last 10 trips to the post.
Asiel Stable's Classic Appeal, third beaten a length in the $75,000 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day here June 22, and second in that same event last year, is another Hanshin Cup nominee.
Robert Levy, Alex Karkenny & Dennis Drazin's He's a Knockout is nominated to the Hanshin after coming off a win in the $100,000 Brandywine Stakes June 29 at Delaware Park. The Two Punch colt won Gulfstream's $100,000 Artax Handicap April 6.
B. Wayne Hughes' Discreet Hero, winner of Arlington Park's Grade III Round Table last year, is nominated to the Hanshin Cup. By Honour and Glory, the colt campaigned at Santa Anita last winter and is coming off a good third-place effort in the $75,000 Tokyo City Handicap March 9 at that Southern California oval.
Cresran LLC's Chindi, third beaten a neck in the Dr. Fager Handicap and Jimmy and Dennis Richard's Bonapaw, fourth in the $150,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows July 4, are also among the nominations to the Hanshin Cup.
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Less than three weeks after a rein broke during a race on a mount ridden by Chris Emigh, that same racing rarity occurred again to Emigh Friday at Arlington Park.
When a rein breaks during a race the rider usually loses all chance and tries to ease his mount. However, on June 23, Emigh drifted out with Nancy A. Vanier's Good Better Best and continued willingly after that equipment failure. Miraculously, Emigh kept his horse going to win the race although he and his mount were near the outside fence.
On Friday in the second race of the day, while aboard Richard E. Trebat's Beth's Bo, Emigh, who is currently third in the Arlington Park standings, had a rein break once again. This time he continued willingly once again and finished second.
Coincidentally, one month and two starts ago, Beth's Boy did not finish a race after a rein broke. That day, jockey Rene Douglas was able to pull the horse up before the wire.
In the last five days of the Arlington Park season there have been 33 claims for a total of $591,000, the highest of which came Friday when leading owner Frank C. Calabrese haltered Law Review for $65,000. That entire son of 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Wild Again was one of three claims made during the afternoon by the defending owner champion.
The day's heavy claim box activity prompted a review of the entire current session to date as Arlington Park moves into the second quarter of its 2002 season.
Through the first 28 days of the meeting this year, 134 horses have been haltered for a total of $2,193,500, with the average claim price being $16,369.
Through the first 28 days of the 2001 Arlington Park session, 104 horses were claimed for an average price of $17,197.
The biggest shake of the 2002 season came on June 9, when 13 horsemen put a claim slip in the box for Light Up The Night, who was entered for a $10,000 tag. Calabrese was the winner.
Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel is not in the habit of picking a single horse to win a race during pre-race commentary, but she occasionally makes exceptions.
Speaking about Louie J. Roussel III & Team Canonie Inc.'s Tonyspal Craig in her commentary prior to the seventh race of the day, Gabriel implored her audience to consider a win wager on the colt because of his two fast works as well as Roussel's excellent win percentage.
Tonyspal Craig promptly won the race by a neck although overlooked as the fourth choice in the six-horse field. The 3-year-old returned an $11.20 win mutuel.
Again on Friday in the ninth race of the afternoon, Gabriel broke with her usual style to mention Jay Mullen, Joseph Holas & SSH Racing Stable Ltd.'s Badaboom. She also showed back-up videotape from Badaboom's previous race to her fans on the air, pointing out exactly where the horse had been the victim of bad racing luck.
Badaboom won Friday's nine furlong turf test by two and a quarter lengths, and paid $17 for her win to her backers as well as those that follow Gabriel's direction.
Female trainers won three straight races at Arlington Park Friday, beginning when conditioner Valerie Miller saddled her own Fast Wave to win the fifth race of the afternoon for her first win of the season.
The distaffer trend continued when Cutshall Racing LLC's Missyshy gave the accomplished veteran trainer Janice Ely her third win of the current season in the sixth race.
Owner-trainer Deby J. Shackelford then upset the seventh race Friday with Stormy Seas for her first win of the Arlington Park season. Stormy Seas returned $69.80 straight.
Friday's final race superfecta paid $18,726.70 for a dollar to each of two $1 ticket holders, one of which was at Bay Meadows. The other was sold at an OTB in Lewiston, Maine where another knockout phantom punch occurred May 25, 1965 when Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston.
Seventy-three years ago today, on July 13, 1929, a Chicago Tribune-estimated crowd of 50,000 saw E. R. Bradley's Blue Larkspur beat Kentucky Derby winner Clyde Van Dusen in the inaugural running of the Arlington Classic.
The Breeders' Cup Limited Board of Directors voted unanimously Friday (July 12) to confirm the selection of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie as the site for the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships contingent on the parties reaching a final agreement. The decision was reached at the Breeders' Cup Limited Board of Directors annual board meeting in Lexington, Ky.
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