|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In 2001, the Grade III Singapore Plate at Arlington Park was won by an Eclipse Award champion, but on August 10 this year, the nine-furlong event formerly known as the Arlington Oaks is attracting several stakes winners with the potential for future national honors.
Last year, when the local Oaks for sophomore distaffers was initially renamed the Singapore Plate, Carl Pollard's Caressing, North America's 2-year-old filly champion of 2000, galloped to her expected victory. However, during the coming weekend highlight, any one of at least a half dozen developing 3-year-old fillies from among 19 original nominations could emerge with the top prize.
Of these, one who has done quite a bit to date is Ms Brookski, who was purchased by Gary Tanaka during the winter when she began to develop during the Gulfstream Park season in South Florida.
Tanaka, who maintains an annual International Festival of Racing presence and will do so again August 17 in the Arlington Million and Beverly D., may have purchased another star of the future with this daughter of Montbrook out of a Baldski mare.
As a 2-year-old, the Florida-bred Ms Brookski began her stakes career at Calder with a win in the $100,000 Brave Raj at the North Miami oval, and was then a good second in the $400,000 My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.
On New Year's Day this year, she made her 3-year-old bow with a fourth-place effort in the $100,000 Tropical Park Oaks, but disappointed when asked to negotiate the grass course in Gulfstream's Grade III Herecomesthebride February 3.
In her best race to date, Ms Brookski regained her winning ways with a three and three-quarter-length tally in the Grade II Davona Dale February 24 at Gulfstream. She was fifth in the Grade II Bonnie Miss at the Hallandale Beach oval March 15, and most recently seventh in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 3.
However, Ms Brookski is likely to face a strong challenge from R. Otto Stables Inc.'s Summer Mis, who became familiar to local fans following her four-length tally in the $86,750 Purple Violet Stakes June 22 during Prairie State Festival Day at Arlington Park.
Since then, Summer Mis found an ideal spot in a conditioned allowance race here July 20, when she came from far back to draw off with a facile four and a half-length score when going the one-mile distance a second time. The Illinois-bred is by 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall out of the Miswaki mare Julie Mis.
Another Illinois-bred filly with unlimited potential that is likely for the Singapore Plate is Team Block's Ioya Forever. A winner of her last three in a row, she is by 1994 Preakness winner Louis Quatorze and is a half sister to 2001 Modesty Handicap heroine Ioya Two and 2002 Cardinal Handicap winner Mystery Giver.
John Franks & Peter Abruzzo's Lost At Sea, most recently the upset winner of the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows July 3, is also likely for the Singapore Plate. Locally, in the $45,000 Flawlessly Stakes June 9, she finished fourth when asked to negotiate an off track.
However, second by a head to Lost At Sea in the Iowa Oaks was Pin Oak Stable's See How She Runs, who is also likely to face that rival again in the Singapore Plate and may be the favorite if she does. Prior to that recent narrow loss, the daughter of Maria's Mon was undefeated, and won Oaklawn's Grade II Fantasy by three-quarters of a length April 12. Following that tally during the Racing Festival of the South, See How She Runs took down winning honors in the Grade I Selene at Woodbine Race Course May 20.
Northwest Farm's Strikes No Spares, who won her last outing here July 7 in allowance company after finishing third in the Flawlessly, is also being pointed for the Singapore Plate.
A possible starter in Arlington's main event for 3-year-old fillies is Barr H. Inman's Delicatessa, with two seconds and a third in three starts at the current session.
Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron, who retired after riding Came Home to victory in the Grade III Affirmed Stakes at Hollywood Park June 23, will be a featured guest at Arlington Park on Friday, August 16, one day prior to the 2002 Arlington Million.
McCarron is the leading money-winning rider of all time with career earnings of $264,351,579. The native of Dorchester, Mass. will join Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel and Arlington Park announcer John G. Dooley as one of the featured guests on a special Breakfast at Arlington program Friday morning. Later that day he will take part in an autograph session as part of Hall of Fame activities at Arlington Park Friday afternoon.
McCarron won the 1984 Arlington Million with Dotsam Stable's John Henry, and the Beverly D. twice: with Sidney L. Port & Charles Whittingham's Claire Marine in 1989 and again with Flawlessly, owned by Harbor View Farm, in 1993.
For the second straight year, Arlington Park will honor National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame inductees during ceremonies one day before the International Festival of Racing.
On Friday, August 16, recently retired jockey Chris McCarron will be honored during the races that afternoon. McCarron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989, and will sign autographs for Arlington guests on that upcoming Friday.
Allen E. Paulson's Cigar, who equaled the modern day record of 16 straight victories with a tally in the Arlington Citation Challenge on July 13, 1996, is a 2002 inductee to the Hall of Fame.
The first 4,000 paid admissions to Arlington Park August 16 will receive a poster of Cigar commemorating his Arlington Citation Challenge victory.
Last year, just prior to the Arlington Million, Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval honored Arlington's all-time leading rider Earlie Fires on the occasion of his Hall of Fame induction last summer.
Also honored by Arlington Park last year was trainer Richard Mandella, another 2001 inductee, who was on hand to saddle Luiz A. Taunay's Redattore in last year's Million. The Brazilian-bred went on to finish third in Arlington Million XIX.
Beginning Saturday, August 3, gates at Arlington Park will open at 11:15 a.m., with exceptions made for special race days.
Leading Arlington Park jockey Rene Douglas, who had 44 wins here during July, continued his hot streak in August on Friday with his seventh riding triple of the current season. Douglas, the defending jockey champion from last season, scored in the last three races of the afternoon, taking the eighth with John Castro's A'fire, the ninth aboard Jack Smith Thoroughbreds' Premier Performer and the finale astride Irish Acres Farm's Life Jacket.
Veteran reinsman Larry Sterling Jr. had a riding double Friday, taking the fourth race with Richard Englander's Betty C and the seventh while in the tack on Slayton, Burton & Gibson's Chinkapin.
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