|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
The 10th running of the $50,000 Windy City Dash, for Quarter Horses 3-years-old and upward, will be contested at 400 yards on Sunday at Arlington Park for the third straight year.
One year ago, Bernard Flint's Can U Fly and William R. Anglin's Chicks Call Me finished in a dead-heat for the win in the local dash, and the former returns to defend her co-championship of last year.
In her most recent trip to the post at River Downs, Can U Fly, a daughter of Iroquois Park, finished third beaten a head in the $10,000 Queen City Dash on August 10. However, she boasted back-to-back victories in June when going 330 yards.
Defeating Can U Fly when winning the Queen City Dash in Cincinnati was Don or Brenda Evans' Casa de Royality - the choice in the wagering that day. The gelding had also bested Can U Fly in their respective previous outings August 4.
Quarter Horse jockey Mike Holmes, aboard for those last two tallies, returns in the irons on Casa de Royality, while regular rider Richard Rettele is in the tack once again on Can U Fly.
Strong competition for those two could come from Karl H. Smith's Quick to Flare Up, who is coming of a three-quarter length winning effort in the $25,000 Keokuk Stakes at Prairie Meadows on August 3. Previously, the colt by Royal Quick Dash had been fourth beaten two in the $25,000 Sherman Hill at that Iowa oval. Eddie Cox has been named to handle the reins.
Robert Rodgers' Solid Gold Bullion, second by a head in the $10,000 Great Lakes Stakes at Canterbury Downs August 4, was the choice of the Minnesota fans that day and may have been compromised by the track rated "good." Richard Vasquez will be aboard on Sunday.
Others named to the Windy City Dash include Sheri Loy's A Run Run Runaway; Antonio Delgado's Dash the Rocket; Willow Ridge Farms' De Elegant Oscar; Andrew Taylor's Dial Ninety Six; Walter R. Harrison's Heza Contendor; Jeannie Roberts' Kates Driver; Carlos Vela's OV Jet; and Stacy Martin's Special Hippity Hop.
Local jockeys listed for Arlington's third successive annual Quarter Horse race are Elvis Trujillo aboard Dash the Rocket, Lupe Macias astride Dial Ninety Six, and E. T. Baird up on Heza Contendor.
After retiring from the construction business last winter, John E. Broers decided to train his own horses, and visited the winner's circle for the first time in that capacity on Thursday.
Broers Racing Inc.'s Chouette Player came from off the pace to tally by four and a half lengths in the fourth race of the afternoon, giving Broers his first victory as a trainer although he won about 30 races as an owner in recent seasons.
"It's been a long dry spell," said Broers, 59, who took out his trainer's license last November. "I've just been working my way up, learning as I go along. I still don't know anything, but I've been enjoying myself.
"I grew up on a farm near a little town in central Illinois called Minonk, not too far from Bloomington, so I've been around animals all my life. I just decided that when I retired from construction I wanted to train my own horses. I owe a lot to trainer Jan Ely, who helped introduce me to the business. She's always been like the little sister I never wanted."
Broers, who trains two horses for Kimberlie Molinaro, claimed Chouette Player last May for $6,000. The 5-year-old gelding has now started six times for his new conditioner.
"He's a big dummy," said Broers of Chouette Player. "I couldn't recommend this horse to an owner but he works good for me."
How did Broers celebrate breaking his maiden as a trainer?
"I had a couple of slices of pizza and two beers," said Broers, a lifelong bachelor who doesn't appear to take himself too seriously. "I've been finding out that it's somewhat less thrilling to win a race when you're doing all the work."
Broers was also asked about future goals as a trainer.
"My goal in life has always been to die with less than a nickel in my pocket," Broers said. "So far, I'm well on my way."
Seventeen 2-year-old fillies have been nominated to the third running of the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes, to be contested at six furlongs on August 31 at Arlington Park.
Fourteen of those juvenile distaffers nominated to the final local prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie visited the winner's circle at last asking.
The Arlington-Washington Lassie, traditionally the main event for 2-year-old fillies at Chicago's premier oval, will celebrate its 68th renewal here on September 28.
Nancy Peters & Thunderhead Farms' Crystal Dancer, with two wins from two career starts, heads the list of Top Flight nominations.
Kent Desormeaux, who thrilled Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing Day crowd last Saturday with his thrilling nose victory astride Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Chiselling in the Grade I Secretariat, has been named Thoroughbred Times' Jockey of the Week.
Last week, Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms was named Owner of the Week by Thoroughbred Times after Beat Hollow won the Grade I Arlington Million and Chiselling added to that later in the afternoon.
Three weeks earlier, following the Grade III Modesty Handicap on Million Preview Day, Christophe Clement was named Thoroughbred Times' Trainer of the Week based largely on the score of Eduoard de Rothschild's England's Legend in that final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D.
For that same week Gary A. Tanaka was named Owner of the Week based largely on Falcon Flight's score in the Grade III Arlington Handicap, final local prep for the Million.
One week before that, Arlington's leading rider and defending jockey champion Rene Douglas was named Jockey of the Week based on his phenomenal pace here at Arlington Park.
Thirty-four years ago Saturday, on August 24, 1968, Tartan Farm's Dr. Fager set the world record for a mile in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park while carrying 134 pounds. The time for his 10-length victory was 1:32 1/5. The previous record was 1:32 3/5 set by Ogden Phipps' Buckpasser on June 25, 1966 at Arlington Park.
Local jockeys riding at Remington Park Sunday in the Grade III Oklahoma Derby include Corey Lanerie on Easyfromthegitgo, Frank Lovato Jr. on Cowboy Stuff, and Robby Albarado on A. P. Five Hundred.
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