|Arlington Park Barn Notes
In today's notes:
The connections of five 2-year-old fillies among 17 original nominations have indicated that they are pointing their charges toward Saturday's third running of the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes. Several others are still possible at the present time.
Jerry Hollendorfer & Marta Racing Ventures' Christmas Time, undefeated in two starts, heads the list of probable Top Flight starters. The daughter of Gilded Time broke her maiden in her career debut by two and a half lengths on June 27 at the local oval and came back to tally by a length and a half here August 11 when racing in conditioned allowance company.
The Top Flight is Arlington Park's final local prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, the traditional main event of the season for juvenile distaffers. This year, however, the Lassie will be part of Preview Weekend at the Park September 28-29, four weeks before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park October 26. The Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies will be held on that day.
Those likely to oppose Christmas Time in Saturday's Top Flight include Robert D. Nash's Golden Dayjur; Peter Stamas & Crown's Way Farm's Invader; Nelson Bunker Hunt's Souris; and Coast To Coast Racing Fund LLC's You Glitter Girl.
Golden Dayjur, a Maryland-bred, broke her maiden by six lengths at Mountaineer Park August 20 for trainer Bernie Flint. That trainer won the Lassie in 2000 with Thunder Bertie, defeating eventual 2-year-old filly champion Caressing.
Souris is a daughter of Defrere who broke her maiden at first asking by four and a half lengths here August 1.
You Glitter Girl, a daughter of Glitterman, visited the winner's circle for the first time following her fourth career start and second straight at the local oval on August 3.
Eugene Ford's Your Out, second by a neck to multiple graded stakes winner Summer Colony in the Grade III Delaware Handicap at last asking July 21, is being shipped from those Mid-Atlantic environs to contest Monday's Grade III Arlington Matron on Labor Day.
The racing day Monday at Arlington Park on the long holiday weekend will be the first of only two racing Mondays offered at the local oval this season.
"We put her on a van here this morning," said Your Out's trainer, Graham Motion, speaking over the phone from Delaware on Wednesday morning. "The Delaware Handicap was definitely a good effort for her. I knew she loved the surface at Delaware, but she was the local horse going against proven graded stakes winners, so her effort was somewhat of a surprise, although not all together so considering the way she had been running."
In her previous start on June 22 in Delaware's $100,000 Obeah, the Maryland homebred had won going by four lengths when going the nine-furlong Matron distance. Before that, Your Out had won Delaware's $55,000 Summer King by three and a half lengths May 21.
"I don't think the shipping to Chicago will bother her," said Motion, who will arrive at Arlington in time to saddle Your Out in Monday's Matron. "I talked to Mike Gorham, who shipped to Arlington from here earlier in the summer, so we just followed the same routine that he did.
"I'm looking forward to coming to Arlington," said Motion. "It will be my first trip there, although Dave Bailey (Arlington racing secretary) has been trying to get me to come for several years."
The third of four periods for a Breeders' Cup Future Bet commences this Friday and runs through Monday. Wagering will be available from noon - 6 p.m. Central time each day.
The Future Bet is a special wager that challenges fans to select in advance the winners of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races to be held at Arlington Park on October 26.
Available for wagering during this third period this weekend are the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic, the Grade I Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Street Cry has been listed as the 6-1 morning line favorite in the Classic. The Irish-bred closed at 4-1 when wagering was offered on the Classic in Pool One (July 4-7).
Following Street Cry on the morning line is Came Home, winner of Sunday's Grade I Pacific Classic, and Medaglia d'Oro, winner of last Saturday's Grade I Travers Stakes. Both 3-year-olds are listed at 8-1.
Azeri leads the Distaff pool, opening at 4-1 odds. A winner of six graded stakes this year, Azeri closed at odds of 5-2 in Period One wagering on the Distaff. Summer Colony, winner of last Friday's Personal Ensign at Saratoga, is next in the Distaff pool at 6-1.
The mutuel field is the favorite for Period Three of the Sprint at odds of 6-1. Listed next as co-second choices at 8-1 are the defending Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Squirtle Squirt and multiple stakes winner Orientate. The mutuel field wound up as the Sprint favorite in Period One, closing at 9-2.
"The Classic, Distaff and Sprint are three of the most popular races with our fans, so we wanted to provide them with a second opportunity at these pools," said Ken Kirchner, senior vice president of product development. "While the fields are coming into focus as we approach the fall, there are still some very attractive prices on graded and group stakes winners. Came Home at 62-1 in the first pool looks like a tremendous price right now."
Under Breeders' Cup Future Bet rules, each race offers pari-mutuel groupings of 23 runners plus one field entry consisting of all horses not in the body of 23 for each respective race. All betting, available at outlets nationwide, will be "win only" with a minimum wager amount of $2. At the conclusion of wagering on September 2, odds for all entries become final. No refunds are made on horses that do not ultimately compete in their designated races.
The wager will be hubbed at Arlington Park, host track for the October 26 World Thoroughbred Championships. Arlington will provide a separate satellite feed with a continuous update of the pari-mutuel odds to all simulcast locations for presentation to racing fans at those sites.
Veteran Arlington reinsman Randy Meier had a riding double on Sunday's program, winning the seventh with James W. Orr Jr.'s Miss Kalena and returning to the winner's circle with Lee Phillip Forman's Eighth Avenue after the ninth.
Thirty-three years ago Thursday, on August 29, 1969, night racing was introduced to Arlington on an experimental basis through the end of that meeting September 8.
Twenty-two years ago Thursday, on August 29, 1980, Arlington Park placing judges were kept busy with back-to-back dead heats in the seventh and eighth races of the afternoon.
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