|Arlington Park Barn Notes
In today's notes:
Jimmy & Dennis Richard's Bonapaw returned from Saturday's impressive four and a half length tally in the Arlington Sprint in good order and was doing as well as ever Sunday morning, according to trainer Norman Miller III.
"He's doing fabulous," said Miller. "He came back great, ate up great, and he's feeling mighty chipper this morning. Now, we'll point toward the Sea O' Erin (Breeders' Cup Mile, Sept. 29 on turf) with him and maybe think about supplementing to the Breeders' Cup after that."
Before Saturday's Arlington Sprint win at six furlongs, Bonapaw was the hero of the Grade III Hanshin Cup here last month when asked to go a mile on the main track.
"I knew after last month that he could get the mile," said Miller, "but he hasn't had to get the mile going two turns in awhile. What it means is that he'll have to make six lead changes instead of three, but I think he can do that, and I think with his natural speed he'll have somewhat of an advantage.
"The owners are also looking beyond the Sea O' Erin at the Breeders' Cup," said Miller. "He's not nominated, and it will cost $200,000 to make him eligible. Maybe the owners could put up $100,000 and get somebody else to come up with the rest for a chance at the big purse. I'm not even sure if we went in the Breeders' Cup (October 26 at Arlington Park) whether we'd go in the Mile or the Sprint. Our jockey (Gerard Melancon) and Robby Albarado, who rode another horse in the race, told us if either race had been yesterday, he could have won it. So I guess we'll see what happens in the Sea O' Erin."
The Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Mile will be contested as one of four races as part of Preview Weekend at the Park. Also on that Sunday will be the Grade II Washington Park Handicap here, one day after the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie and the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity are contested September 28.
Illinois-bred Tic N Tin, owned and trained by Ron Brandenburg, turned in a bang-up effort for the second straight year in Saturday's Arlington Sprint and came out of the race in good order, the conditioner indicated Sunday morning.
"I'm tickled to death with the way he ran," said Brandenburg from his Southern Illinois base on the morning after Tic N Tin's third-place finish in this year's Arlington Sprint. "We came back down here last night after he cooled out, and he's doing real good. I'm just pleased that an Illinois-bred can continue running so well in an open race like that."
In 2001, Tic N Tin finished second, beaten only a nose, by David P. Holloway Racing Inc.'s Bet On Sunshine in the Arlington Sprint. That rival was winning the Arlington Sprint for the third straight running.
What was likely in the immediate future for Tic N Tin?
"There's a little stake down here (at Fairmount Park) at the beginning of next month," said Brandenburg. "There's really nothing left up there for him, so we may give him a breather. However, if they hang something up like the Zen Handicap (Tic N Tin's recent Arlington win) for him next month, you may see us again."
On Saturday, trainer Christine Janks saddled Samuel Henry, Dominic Marsella & Emerald Ridge Farm's Manitowish to win the seventh race. Earlier in the afternoon, Janks took Sy Baskin's Golden Trevally to the winner's circle after the second event.
On Friday, S. D. Brilie Ltd.'s Holy Kitten took down winning honors in the eighth race with Janks as the trainer. Three wins in two days, with jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. aboard for all three, gave Janks a total of 14 wins from 75 starts during the meeting.
"Sometimes, this game seems so easy," Janks said in the midst of her hot streak Sunday, "and other times it's so hard."
Interestingly, Janks and her husband Barry are also the breeders of Ron Brandenburg's Tic N Tin, who finished third in Saturday's Arlington Sprint.
"If we'd thought he would have done that well," said Janks of Tic N Tin, who won the $84,400 White Oak here earlier in the meeting, "we'd have never put him in a claiming race. But, as with any horse of ours that gets claimed, we wish the new owners well. They've done a great job with him. We still get breeders' awards."
But if Janks is doing well lately, Marquez is doing even better, with five wins over the last two days. Although not a regular on the Illinois circuit, Marquez has been extremely successful with Janks-trained horses this summer.
"I've known Carlos, literally, since the week he was born," said Janks, who was on the Illinois circuit when Carlos H. Marquez Sr. was active locally. "I feel he's like family to me. I like to use him whenever he's around. I wish he (Carlos Jr.) rode locally all the time, but like all jockeys, they hear different music. Me - the only music I listen to is The Rolling Stones."
So Janks is on a hot streak at the same time she's cool.
"Every time the Stones have toured this area, I've gone to see them," Janks said. "The last time I saw them was in Milwaukee when we had seats right along the wings of the stage. My friend and I held up a sign, and Mick Jaggar turned and looked right at us (recognizing the sign with a signature acknowledgment).
"That was a life-altering experience," Janks said. "There's no question about it. They are the greatest rock 'n' roll band ever. Anybody who says any different doesn't know what they're talking about."
In addition to Carlos H. Marquez Jr.'s riding triple Saturday, jockey Robby Albarado had a riding double on the same program.
In addition to Christine Janks' training double Saturday, veteran conditioner Gene Cilio also had a two-win day, visiting the winner's circle after the third with James Tafel LLC's Tinker and coming right back after the fourth with Stamas, Marovich Ent. LLC & Crown's Way Farm's Vibes.
Bonapaw's Arlington Sprint time of 1:09.13 for six furlongs was the fastest time recorded at the three-quarter mile distance at Arlington Park this season.
Twenty years ago Tuesday, on August 27, 1982, jockey Randy Romero broke Ray Sibille's single season record of 137 wins. He would go on to win 181 races during the 1982 meet, a record that held until Shane Sellers broke it nine years later.
Thirteen years ago Tuesday, on August 27, 1989, Hall of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez became the fourth leading jockey of all time when he won the 6,033rd race of his career to pass Johnny Longden on the leader board at that time.
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