|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Baron Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend, heroine of the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park last summer, is now an expected participant in Saturday's Grade III Modesty Handicap, the final local prep for Arlington's world class turf event for fillies and mares.
England's Legend left New York on a van Tuesday evening, and arrived at Arlington Park around noon Wednesday in advance of Saturday's $150,000 Modesty. Along with the $225,000 Arlington Handicap and the $100,000 Round Table Stakes, Saturday's troika of stakes events offers a half-million dollars in purse money, and is being billed as Million Preview Day in its placement three weeks prior to Arlington's International Festival of Racing on August 17.
"I am heavily backed with fillies and mares in New York right now," England's Legend's trainer Christophe Clement told Arlington racing secretary David Bailey. "I want to spread them out a little bit."
The Modesty is contested at the Beverly D. distance of a mile and three-sixteenths on the grass, and the Grade III Arlington Handicap, at a mile and a quarter over the lawn, is equal to the 10 furlongs of the Arlington Million.
However, last summer England's Legend used a length and a half victory in the Grade II New York Handicap as her prep for the Beverly D., and her appearance in the 2002 Modesty dresses up the race considerably. In the 2001 Beverly D., the French-bred took command just after the start, was cleverly rated while making the pace and drew off late for a seven and three-quarter length score.
Also expected for Saturday's Modesty is Team Block's Ioya Two, the gallant victress by a nose in the 2001 Modesty. Her connections chose not to supplement her to the Beverly D. last year, but she is an original nomination for this year's running.
Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Pretty Gale, who breezed five furlongs in 1:05 2/5 over the Arlington grass with the "dogs" up Wednesday, is also now an expected contestant in Saturday's Modesty in lieu of that stable's Lady of Peace.
Richard L. Duchossois's Innit breezed five furlongs on the grass in 1:06 3/5 here Monday in preparation for Saturday's race. Innit was recently a good fourth in the Grade III Royal Heroine Stakes at Hollywood Park July 6.
Others likely for the Modesty include Frederick Seitz's Apasionata Sonata, Mary Lou Whitney Stables' Cozy Island, Martyn Burke's Esyoueffcee, William S. Farish's Quick Tip and Gary A. Tanaka's Polaire.
Sam-Son Farm's Strut the Stage, who just missed when second by a nose in the 2001 Secretariat Stakes, arrived at Arlington Park Wednesday in advance of Saturday's Grade III Arlington Handicap, final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million August 17.
Tom Tathem's Kappa King, trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, is due at Arlington Thursday, arriving from Southern California to compete in Saturday's Arlington 'Cap. Kappa King was most recently third, beaten less than two lengths, in Hollywood Park's Grade II American Handicap July 4.
Starlex Farm's Private Son, most recently second by a neck here in the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf July 4, breezed a half-mile in :49 Wednesday on Arlington's grass course while the "dogs" were up. That move was in preparation for Saturday's local preview of the Arlington Million.
Richard L. Duchossois' National Anthem, recently arrived from the Southern California barn of Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, breezed five furlongs on the Arlington lawn Monday in 1:06 3/5 in preparation for Saturday's Arlington Handicap.
Team Block's Mystery Giver, hero of the $90,450 Cardinal Handicap here June 22, is another considered likely for the Arlington Handicap. Last February 6, Mystery Giver won the $100,000 Woodchopper Handicap in New Orleans.
Others expected for the Saturday's Arlington Handicap include Alan Drey's Bahroba, Gainsborough Farm Inc.'s Catchy Word, Gary A. Tanaka's Falcon Flight, Ron Isbell Jr.'s Gretchen's Star, and Buckram Oak Farm's Tubrok.
Irish Acres Farm's Colorful Tour, length and a half victor in the $83,250 Springfield Stakes here June 22, is expected to be among the choices in Saturday's $100,000 Round Table, for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs and the third stakes event headlined during Saturday's Million Preview Day at Arlington Park.
Shelley Bates & Don Von Hemel's Cowboy Stuff, who captured the $75,000 Cyclone Handicap in his last start June 29 at Prairie Meadows, is another probable Round Table starter who would be well supported in the wagering.
Michael Tabor's Pass Rush and Calvin Johnston's Thunderpumper, second and third respectively, four and a half lengths apart in their last outings in the $250,000 Iowa Derby July 5, are likely to meet again in Saturday's Round Table.
Others likely for the Round Table at this time include Robert P. Evans' Sharp Gold, Team Valor's Windward Passage, and Donna Moore, Paul Saylor, Frank Justice & William S. Farish's A. P. Five Hundred.
Possible starters in the Round Table include Linne & Nancy Calkins & C. B. Racing Stable Inc.'s Fighting Indians and James C. Spence's Rainy Parade.
In Sunday's Grade II American Derby at Arlington Park, Michael Jarvis, Gary Margolis et al.'s Mananan McLir, Moyglare Stud's Jazz Beat and Three Kings Stable's Extra Check, the first three finishers respectively, all came out of the race in good order and all are expected to return in the Secretariat.
Mananan McLir returned to Southern California early Monday morning, and Jazz Beat left Arlington Park on a return trip to Ireland shortly before midnight Monday, but are due to return shortly before the Secretariat, third and final jewel in Arlington's Mid-America Triple.
Stewart M. Madison's Aloha Bold accomplished the first five and a half-furlong distance of the season in Sunday's seventh race in a significantly fast 1:02.80.
Roger Devenport's Silver Sonnet got the fastest six and a half furlongs of the meeting in the eighth race, touring that distance in 1:16.25.
Full card simulcasting from Saratoga in upstate New York and Del Mar in Southern California is offered at Arlington Park beginning with their opening days Wednesday.
Veteran trainer Tom Amoss, co-trainer champion at Churchill Downs this spring, recorded two wins at Arlington Sunday, although he was in attendance at daughter Ashley's state championship-winning softball game.
Jockey Rene Douglas had a riding triple, and jockeys Carlos H. Marquez Jr. and Jesse Campbell each posted riding doubles Sunday at Arlington Park.
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