|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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Team Block's Ioya Two, who thrilled Thoroughbred racing fans twice last summer at Arlington Park with courageous victories during June and July, has been retired and will leave the local oval this week for her upcoming career as a broodmare.
"After talking it over with my family, we've decided to go ahead and retire her," said trainer Chris Block Sunday morning. "In fact, she's scheduled to leave here Wednesday. It's time to send her home."
Ioya Two's most memorable victory came in the Grade III Modesty Handicap one year ago on July 28 when she made the pace throughout and held on gamely in the late stages to withstand James C. Routsong's Megans Bluff by a nose. That rival had won the Grade III Arlington Oaks here the previous season.
After winning the 2001 Modesty, final local prep for the Beverly D., the Block family withstood the temptation to make Ioya Two a supplementary nomination to the sister race to the Arlington Million.
"This will be our Beverly D.," Block said, a few days after her winning effort in last year's Modesty.
Earlier in the summer of 2001, Ioya Two came from off the pace to take down winning honors by three-quarters of a length in the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day.
The 7-year-old mare by Lord At War out of the Naskra mare Ioya retires with career earnings of $460,851, garnered from 11 victories, five seconds and four thirds in 32 career starts.
"She's an excellent outcross to just about anything," said Block. "We own a share in Red Ransom, so we might go ahead and breed her to him, or maybe just another good racehorse like Crafty Prospector. She should make an excellent broodmare."
Ioya Two's dam Ioya produced a number of racehorses in her own career, including Team Block's Mystery Giver, winner of this year's $90,450 Cardinal Handicap and a possible starter in the upcoming Grade I Arlington Million August 17.
However, her latest of racing age is Team Block's Ioya Forever, a daughter of Louis Quatorze who has won her last three in a row and was nominated to the Grade III Singapore Plate this Saturday.
"I nominated her in the Singapore Plate to see who else went in there," said Block Sunday, "but I don't think I'll run her Saturday. She needs more seasoning before she can tackle those kinds of fillies."
Frank G. Gabriel Jr., vice president of racing and operations at Arlington Park, has been appointed as chairman of the North American Rating Committee (NARC), The Jockey Club has announced.
Gabriel, who has been actively involved with the NARC since its inception in the early 90s, takes over as Chairman following the death of Howard Battle last month. Battle was the originator of the committee, which meets regularly to rate stakes races internationally.
The second annual Ladies Day at Arlington Park will be held Thursday, August 15 as part of the festivities during Arlington Million Week.
Ladies wearing fashion hats (no baseball caps) will be admitted free to Arlington Park on that day.
The Grade I Arlington Million, traditional centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, will be run for the 20th time on Saturday, August 17 as part of the one-day International Festival of Racing. Also part of the one-day Festival will be the Grade I Beverly D., a $700,000 affair for fillies and mares from all over the world, and the Grade I Secretariat, a $400,000 race restricted to 3-year-olds of international caliber.
Ladies Day at Arlington Park, sponsored by the Chicago Sun-Times and Heineken, will include a Hat Fashion Show to take place between the second and third races on that day. The Hat Fashion Show, brought to you by the Millinery Arts Alliance and the Chicago Sun-Times includes a Ladies Hat Contest, with a $500 prize and a designer hat provided by the Millinery Arts Alliance.
Judging the Hat Fashion Show will be Susanna Homan of the Chicago Sun-Times, Georgi of Derby Fame and a representative of the Millinery Arts Alliance.
Also part of Ladies Day at Arlington Park on August 15 will be Betsy Berns, author of the "Female Fan Guide to Thoroughbred Racing," who will be conducting a book signing from noon to 12:45 p.m.
Each lady entering the park on Ladies Day will receive a white carnation in honor of the Arlington Million. The Arlington Million winner's blanket is made from white carnations.
Also on that Thursday, ladies will be given a chance to win $1,000 by entering the Greatest Female Fan Contest, filling out an essay and earning a chance to go on to the national contest.
Leading rider Rene Douglas, the defending jockey champion at Arlington Park, will be honored as Jockey of the Month for July after the fifth race Sunday. Douglas earned his honor by riding 44 winners during the month. He had a five-win day, a four-win day, four riding triples and 10 riding doubles. Douglas also won five stakes races during the month.
Hector Magana will be honored as Trainer of the Month for July after the sixth race Sunday. Magana saddled five winners and four third-place finishers from 11 July starters.
Louie Roussel III will be honored as Owner of the Month for July after the seventh race on Sunday. Roussel had four winners, one second, and two third-place finishes from 10 starters during the month.
Trainer Chris Block saddled a training double on Saturday, winning the sixth with Team Block's West Side Maria and the ninth with Moabo Stables' Whyte Dayse. It was the second time Block has accomplished a training double during the current session.
Jockey Robby Albarado accomplished a back-to-back riding double on Saturday, winning the seventh aboard Peter Abruzzo, Roger Samson & John Carver's Treasure Run and the eighth astride Generous Rosi, owned by Flying Column II.
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