|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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The ubiquitous Juddmonte Farms Inc. had its president scurrying from Chicago to France Saturday night to try and catch Banks Hill's winning effort in the Group I Prix de Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.
"I didn't make it, but she did," said Juddmonte's Dr. John Chandler, speaking over the phone from England where waylaid flight connections left him stranded as he recapped the "good news-bad news" assessment of his latest trip.
However, it was mostly good news, or "two out of three ain't bad" for Juddmonte, Chandler, and Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel on Saturday at Arlington Park.
No owner or trainer had ever won two races at Arlington's International Festival of Racing in the same season, but Juddmonte and Frankel captured the 20th running of the Grade I Arlington Million with Beat Hollow and followed that with Chiselling's tally in the Grade I Secretariat an hour later.
"The Million was a very nice race," said Chandler of Beat Hollow's neck victory. "That was the main part of the trip. We just brought the other horses along. We'd been pointing Beat Hollow toward the Million for some time. To see all those horses in a line-up at the finish like that was quite a thrill.
"But I don't think it was quite as exciting at the other race," said Chandler, comparing the Million to the Secretariat, which Chiselling won by a nose "Did you notice that Kent Desormeaux (Chiselling's winning jockey) never even drew his stick. He knows how to ride members of that family. He rode Chiselling's mother and had a lot of success with her."
Incidentally, Chiselling's mother, a mare named Toussard by El Gran Senor, is also the dam of 2000 Arlington Million winner Chester House, and historically the Secretariat has been an excellent preview of future Arlington Millions.
"Yes, I've always known that," said Chandler. "In fact, during the post race press conference, I promised them we'd try and come back next year with Chiselling in the Million. In the meantime, we'll probably point Chiselling for the Hollywood Derby. We haven't sat down and discussed it -- we don't think that far ahead -- but that would seem to be the next logical spot.
"As for Beat Hollow, we'll look forward to coming back for the Breeders' Cup (at Arlington Park October 26) for the (Grade I) Breeders' Cup Mile. I don't think this horse really wants to go a mile and a half (Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf distance.)
Juddmonte and Frankel also started Tates Creek in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D., but that daughter of Rahy tired after pressing the pace.
"She got a little tired," said Chandler. "I think that distance (a mile and three-sixteenths) is a little bit too far for her."
That wasn't true of Banks Hill at Deauville. The 2001 Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner made amends for her third place finish in the 2001 Jacques le Marois with a victory by a length and a half Sunday over Domedriver and Best Of The Bests.
Also, on the same program at Deauville, Juddmonte's Intercontinental, a 2-year-old full sister to Banks Hill making the first start of her career, won the Prix de la Potiniere by three-quarters of a length.
All seven European-based contestants in Saturday's International Festival of Racing returned from their respective races in good order, according to Christina MacKenzie of International Racing Bureau Ltd.
"Everyone is doing very well this morning," said MacKenzie outside Arlington Park's Quarantine Barn. "All have eaten up their feed. Everyone licked their tubs and a few have been out to graze this morning.
"As for future plans, I believe Cheshire is supposed to stay in the United States," said MacKenzie, "and Dermot Weld's plans for Jazz Beat are still incomplete.
"The others are all set to go back on a flight from Toronto," said Mackenzie. "They will leave on a nine-hour van ride to Toronto, wait 12 hours and then leave on their scheduled flight."
With his winning ride aboard Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow in Saturday's Grade I Arlington Million, centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey assumes the lead in the rider standings in the 2002 World Series of Racing Championship (WSRC).
The Arlington Million is the fifth leg of the WSRC, a 14-race series contested on four continents. This year the series will return to Arlington Park October 26 for the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic as part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. It will be the first time in history that any single racecourse will host three legs of the WSRC in the same year.
Godolphin's Street Cry, with Bailey aboard, won the Grade I Dubai World Cup, first leg of the WSRC in March. Bailey is currently four points in front of Frankie Dettori.
Karen Cooper, wife of Chris Cooper, local webmaster of the Arlington Park site, delivered their first child Saturday afternoon at 4:37 p.m. The time of birth coincided exactly with the scheduled post time for the 20th running of the Arlington Million. Kelsey Grace Cooper, 20 inches long and weighing 8 lbs., 1 oz., came into the world at Lake Forest Hospital. Mother and daughter are both doing well.
Returning a win mutuel of $3.40 on Saturday, Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow became the shortest straight price in the history of the Grade I Arlington Million.
Jockey Rene Douglas, leading rider at Arlington Park this year and the defending jockey champion at the local oval, went over the $3 million mark in purse earnings at the current meeting on Saturday during Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing.
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