|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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Mrs. M. deChambure's Baldellia, a French-bred filly whose seven career starts have all come in France, arrived in Chicago Tuesday night and on the grounds at Arlington Park shortly after midnight for her upcoming assignment in Saturday's Grade III Pucker Up Stakes.
Last year's Pucker Up, for sophomore distaffers at a mile and an eighth over the local lawn, was won by Bentley Smith Revocable Trust's Solvig, who went on to finish fourth in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Belmont Park.
This year, that mile and a quarter event will be held at Arlington Park October 26 when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year-history.
Baldellia, a daughter of Grape Tree Road out of a Groom Dancer mare, made her last trip to the post August 4 at Deauville and finished eighth when facing older mares. However, on June 7 at Maison-Lafitte, she won by a half-length in a mile test against 3-year-old fillies. She broke her maiden last September at Longchamp.
Baldellia is conditioned by David Smaga. However, he will not be coming to Chicago for Saturday's turf test.
Peter Abruzzo & John Franks' Lost At Sea, winner of the Grade III Singapore Plate at Arlington Park August 10, is likely to make her next start in the Grade III Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hoosier Park October 4. That's the action plan surmised by Abruzzo, an increasingly prominent Thoroughbred owner as well as Chicagoland resident.
Last Saturday, Lost At Sea finished fourth in the Grade I Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park, with jockey Pat Day aboard in her first start since her Singapore Plate score.
"I don't think we could have won that race, but I do think we could have beaten Bella Belluci and gotten third," said Abruzzo, who journeyed to New York for the Gazelle. "She needed a more aggressive ride. You've got to keep after her. She broke very well but then Day let her drop back and kept her on the outside in the dead part of the track.
"I guess our Breeders' Cup aspirations are about over," said Abruzzo, 45, who is involved in several businesses that include formal wear, banking, and imported furniture. "We'll just pick our spots for now and that Indiana race will be a mile and an eighth race around two turns. That will be good for her."
It has been an active and exhilarating year for Abruzzo as an owner. In addition to Lost At Sea, who won the Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows July 3, Abruzzo had a starter in this year's Grade I Preakness Stakes May 18, when U S S Tinosa went to the post in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.
"It's been good," said Abruzzo of 2002. "We've been in a lot of Grade I races this year and next year should really be fun. We've got five or six really good horses coming back for next year.
"U S S Tinosa and Lost At Sea will be both be coming back with Jerry Hollendorfer," said Abruzzo. "He's the best trainer in the country, in my opinion. I also have Royally Chosen coming back."
Royally Chosen, conditioned by Bruce Headley, was second in the El Encino at Santa Anita in January and second in the La Brea at that Arcadia, California, oval last December.
"Those three are probably the three best horses I have had up to now," said Abruzzo. "but I've been spending a lot of money at the sales."
Les Grobstein, of AM 820 WCSN will broadcast a live remote from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday's Pucker Up Stakes program at Arlington Park.
Sporting News Radio is the nation's largest and most-listened to 24-hour sports radio network broadcasting live over 430 affiliated stations. Sporting News Radio is also streamed live through SportingNews.com, Radio@AOL and Radio @Netscape.
Insufficient entries have forced the cancellation of two Steeplechase races on Sunday at Arlington Park. The track and National Steeplecase Association cancelled the races -- a $50,000 stakes and $25,000 maiden event -- by mutual agreement.
Steeplechase trainers blamed severe drought conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region, where many horses train over the turf, as the reason for the shortage of runners ready to compete.
The final Pepsi Family Day of the 2002 Arlington season will be celebrated this Sunday.
Pepsi Family Day activities on Sunday for Arlington's younger Thoroughbred racing fans will include a Moon Walk, a face painter, a caricature artist and a walk-about magician.
There will also be crafts for sale, T-shirt coloring and coloring books and crayons available for the youngsters' activities.
Barr H. Inman's Delicatessa breezed three-eighths in :39 4/5 on the turf Wednesday morning in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Saturday's Grade III Pucker Up Stakes.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, of Godolphin Racing Inc., has been named Thoroughbred Times Owner of the Week, based in part on Sharp Impact's victory in Saturday's $75,000 Spectacular Bid at Arlington Park. Godolphin also captured the Grade I Gazelle Handicap at Belmont with Imperial Gesture and the Group I Irish Champion Stakes with Grandera at Leopardstown last Saturday.
Arlington Park's Sport Bag Giveaway will be conducted this Saturday, with the first 10,000 paid admissions receiving a 20" X 12" canvas sport bag, compliments of Arlington, AT & T Broadband and the Sporting News Radio AM 820.
WBBM-TV Sports Anchor Howard Sudberry returns to Arlington Park this Saturday to host a Beginner's Day Seminar at the Starting Gate Thearter on the second level from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Sudberry, who conducted a very successful seminar on August 24, will be joined by Arlington Park television analyst Christine Gabriel.
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