|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
A Tex Sutton equine air charter is due to arrive in Chicago from Southern California on Wednesday carrying the Thoroughbred contestants for Saturday's Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park.
After discharging its equine passengers from the West Coast, the plane will continue on to Albany, New York, where a number of East Coast horses based at nearby Saratoga will board the jet for its return to O'Hare International Airport.
All the equine air passengers arriving in the Midwest from both coasts are set to compete in Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing Saturday. The traditional centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season showcases three Grade I events: the 20th running of the Arlington Million; the $700,000 Beverly D. for fillies and mares throughout the world, and the $400,000 Secretariat, restricted to 3-year-olds of international caliber.
Seven other horses will have arrived on several different European equine flights by the time the coast-to-coast continental flight completes its mission.
Horses coming from Southern California to compete in the Arlington Million include Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow, considered to be the best turf horse in training in the United States. Also expected on the plane is Gary A. Tanaka's Sarafan, who has defeated Beat Hollow twice during their current campaign.
Among the distaffers due in from California for the Beverly D. are expected to be Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Astra, winner of her last three, all in graded stakes company. Astra will be attempting to avenge her defeat in last year's Beverly D. when sent to the post as the choice of the fans. Others due from California for the sister race to the Arlington Million include Tanaka's Golden Apples, a close second in each of her last two starts, both in graded stakes, and Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Tates Creek, a winner in her last two.
Horses expected to arrive from Southern California for the Secretariat include Horizon Stables' Mananan McLir, who invaded from the west to win the Grade II American Derby here July 21. The American Derby is the second leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple, with the Secretariat serving as the final leg.
On the plane's return journey from upstate New York, the equine passenger manifest should include Arlington Million candidate Forbidden Apple, owned by Arthur I. Appleton, who has been consistently close in his last five trips to the post.
The 2001 Beverly D. champion England's Legend, owned by Edouard de Rothschild, is expected back from New York to defend her title. England's Legend most recently came to Chicago to win the Grade III Modesty Handicap three weeks ago.
Among those due in from New York to contest the Secretariat is Peter Vegso's Orchard Park, recent victor in the $500,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs July 13 and the Grade III Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs June 8. Also probable from New York for the Secretariat is Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Chiselling, winner of the Grade III Lexington at Belmont Park July 14.
More specific arrival times for the equine charter as well as more exact flight manifests will develop early this week.
John Franks & Peter Abruzzo's Lost At Sea, victress in Saturday's Grade III Singapore Plate, main event for 3-year-old fillies at Arlington Park, returned from her efforts in good order and was doing well Sunday morning, according to assistant trainer Andy Wilson.
"Oh yeah, she's fine," said Wilson. "She's just a nice filly, and we're proud of her for the way she ran yesterday."
"When she first came to us last year," said Laurie Wilson, another assistant in the Hollendorfer barn, "she came with another horse named Lost My Knickers. We called them 'The Losts.' The other horse never developed and eventually went home to Florida, but this one really came into her own.
"This year we have two more 2-year-olds from Florida named Lucky Saber and Lucky Mata," Laurie Wilson said. "So far, we just call them 'The Luckies.'"
Pin Oak Stable's See How She Runs, a clear second in the Singapore Plate while unable to stay with the winner, also returned well from the Singapore Plate.
"She came back very well," said Don Von Hemel, father of trainer of record Donnie K. Von Hemel. "Donnie went back to Oklahoma early this morning, but the horse is doing fine. She ate up well last night and we've had no problems. Jerry's filly (Lost At Sea) is running very well right now, and when they're running that good, they deserve to win."
Northwest Farm's Strikes No Spares, third in the Singapore Plate, also came out of Saturday's race without problems.
"She's fine," said Tracy Pierce, and assistant to trainer Dick Lundy. "She just ran into a couple of bears. We were happy to be third. Somebody would have had to have stubbed their toes for her to have done any better."
R. Otto Stables Inc.'s Summer Mis, fifth in the Singapore Plate, suffered some nicks and cuts, the most severe on the left front, but was fine after treatment Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
"She's a little battle worn, but she's okay," said trainer Tony Mitchell. "She got knocked around a little bit, but she'll live to fight another day. We'll look for an easier spot now to get her confidence back up."
Three Kings Stables' Extra Check breezed five furlongs on the turf in 1:05 at Arlington Park Saturday in preparation for his engagement in the Grade I Secretariat.
Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Tates Creek breezed five furlongs in 1:03 at Saratoga on Saturday in preparation for her engagement in the Grade I Beverly D.
Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow worked five furlongs handily in 1:01 at Del Mar on Sunday in preparation for his engagement in the Grade I Arlington Million.
Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Chiselling breezed five furlongs in 1:03 at Saratoga on Sunday in preparation for his engagement in the Grade I Secretariat.
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