|Arlington Park Barn Notes
In today's notes:
A day of solemn ceremony, including participation in a Chicago "Moment of Silence," will be conducted on Wednesday at Arlington Park in remembrance of the national tragedy of one year ago.
The City of Chicago has requested a "Moment of Silence" from Noon - 12:03 p.m., 45 minutes after the Arlington Park gates open at 11:15 a.m., and Arlington requests that all those present on the grounds, including guests, participate in this "Moment of Silence." Arlington announcer John G. Dooley will call attention to the exact time over the public address system
Regular post time of 1 p.m. will be observed, but at 1:25 p.m., immediately following the second race of the afternoon, Arlington Park will observe its own formal ceremony.
Arlington Heights police officers and firefighters will be in the winner's circle with a fire engine positioned immediately behind these individuals. A Color/Honor Guard from the departments will also be present.
All available Arlington Park employees will be invited to come down to the apron adjacent to the winner's circle, given a small American flag at that time and then be led into the winner's circle with the fire fighters and police officers.
Once employees, police officers and firefighters are in position, Richard L. Duchossois, chairman of Arlington Park, will make a brief announcement addressing the crowd with regard to the ceremony.
Duchossois will end his statement by introducing a bugler troop that will play "Taps," followed by a moment of silence that will last about a minute.
Immediately following the moment of silence, a singer will sing a rendition of "God Bless America." All present will be encouraged to sing along.
The entire winner's circle ceremony, which should last no more than five minutes, is being held in a memorial observance of those who perished in our national tragedy.
Also, all guests entering the grounds this Wednesday will receive a small American flag.
Invaders from Florida and California are among 30 sophomore fillies nominated to the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park and both are expected to contest the nine-furlong turf test on September 14.
Robert B. Walker's Cellars Shiraz, a multiple stakes winner in Florida, and Sidney Port Trust & San Gabriel Investments' Little Treasure, a French filly who made her lone American start in California, are both being considered as probable starters in the Pucker Up.
Cellars Shiraz returned to her winning ways in Calder's $50,000 Convenience Stakes at last asking August 3 but had finished fifth before that when she journeyed to the West Coast and finished fifth in the $500,000 American Oaks. However, her Florida record this year includes victories in Gulfstream's Grade III Herecomesthebride, as well as tallies in the Gaily Gaily and the Via Borghese at that Hallandale Beach oval.
French-bred Little Treasure won a listed stakes in France prior to coming to America, where she won Del Mar's Grade II San Clemente Handicap in Southern California in her debut in the United Staes on August 3.
Others considered probable starters at this time for the Pucker Up include Wertheimer Farm's Attico, second by a neck in Arlington's $60,000 Office Wife Stakes July 28; and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Kathy K D, fourth in Churchill's Grade III Regret June 15. Also likely in the Pucker Up are Ronald K. Kirk's Transition Time, winner of her last three starts including the Office Queen; and Thunderhead Farm's Yalta, victress in an allowance race at the local oval on July 4.
Possible starters in the Pucker Up include Winstar Farm LLC & Thomas F. Van Meter II's Fly Borboleta, Winstar Farm LLC Miss Marcia and Northwest Farm's Strikes No Spares.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Grandera, leader in the 2002 World Series Racing Championship (WSRC), extended his lead in the current series when he captured Saturday's Group I Ireland the Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown by a head.
The mile and a quarter turf test was the seventh leg of this year's WSRC, with the Grade I Arlington Million August 17 serving as the fifth leg.
The WSRC, a 14-race series contested on four continents, returns to Arlington Park October 26 for the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and 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.
With his narrow tally over Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing in the Irish Champion, Grandera is well on his way to retaining the WSRC championship for Godolphin. That corporation's Fantastic Light, who won last year's Breeders' Cup Turf, was also the 2001 WSRC champion.
Earlier this year, Grandera won the Group I Singapore Airlines International Cup, third leg of the 2002 WSRC. Godolphin's Best of the Bests finished third in the Irish Champion, a neck behind Hawk Wing.
Jockey Larry Sterling Jr. celebrated a riding triple Friday at Arlington Park and finished second in a bid for four winners behind a horse that had his name on it. Sterling the jockey won the second race on Rat Pack's Not Happening, the fourth on Michael Reavis' Maria's Friend, and the fifth on Randall A. & Teresa Hillson's Game Play. Sterling finished second in the sixth race aboard Earl J. Trostrud Jr. & Michael Reavis's Smart too Late. The winner of that race was a horse named Sterling's Lad, owned by Lothenbach Stables Inc.
Conditioner Michael Reavis saddled a training double Friday, winning with Not Happening and Maria's Friend.
Jockey Ray Sibille had a riding double Friday afternoon, winning the seventh with Patricia Shenofsky's Sure As Shipp and the eighth with Stamas, Marovich Ent. LLC & Crown's Way Farm's Soccory.
Chicago area resident and Thoroughbred owner Peter Abruzzo, who is part owner of Lost At Sea along with John Franks, is in New York Saturday to watch that filly compete in the Grade I Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park. Lost At Sea won Arlington's Grade III Singapore Plate at last asking August 10.
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