|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Stronach Stable's Macho Uno, the Eclipse Award-winning juvenile colt in 2000, is due to arrive at Arlington Park Wednesday at 3 p.m. in anticipation of a projected engagement in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap here September 29.
"Russell Dederian, an assistant to trainer Joe Orseno, is already on the grounds and making the necessary preparations for Macho Uno's arrival," said Arlington Park racing secretary and handicapper David Bailey Wednesday morning.
Macho Uno, who bested 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile on his way to 2-year-old honors two years ago, worked five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 handily Monday at Woodbine Race Course on the outskirts of Toronto. The work, originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed when the main track at the Ontario oval was closed for training that day due to inclement weather.
"He breezed real well," Orseno told Daily Racing Form of the work. "I got him going out seven-eighths in 1:30 and a mile in 1:45. He kept going, which was good. It didn't tire him out too much; it was about what I expected."
In his last trip to the post in the Grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga August 3, Macho Uno finished fourth, beaten less than three lengths. Earlier in the summer, the son of Holy Bull had won the Grade II Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs June 1.
Macho Uno is being vanned to the local oval for a possible start in the 70th renewal of the Washington Park Handicap here on September 29 during Arlington Park's "Preview Weekend at the Park." The Washington Park 'Cap will serve as the final local prep for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic.
Preview Weekend at the Park, a two-day multiple stakes weekend on September 28-29, has been carded four weekends in advance of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which will be run at Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history on October 26.
Also on September 29, the $150,000 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile will be contested here as a final local prep for the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile. One day earlier, the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie and the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity will be run in advance of the Grade I Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile respectively.
Godolphin's locally based dynamic duo of Sharp Impact and Anasheed, both on course for their next projected engagements in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park, breezed at the local oval on Tuesday in anticipation of that upcoming one-turn, one-mile event on September 28.
This year, the Arlington-Washington Futurity will serve as the final local prep for the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile October 26. Any horse who wins the Arlington-Washington Futurity and comes back to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile will win an additional $250,000 under the conditions of the "Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge."
Sharp Impact, who won the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes here by three-quarters of a length on September 7, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.
"He went well," said assistant trainer Dave Duggan of Sharp Impact. "We got exactly what we were looking for."
Anasheed, an entire son of 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic winner A. P. Indy, went an easy three-quarters in 1:18 4/5.
"Anasheed was good," said Duggan, in charge of the local string for Eoin Harty, who supervises Godolphin's 2-year-olds based in the United States. "He had no problems.
"We're ready to roll with both of them," Duggan said of the upcoming local Futurity. "We'll give them (potential Futurity rivals) something to think about."
Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow, Grade I Arlington Million champion of 2002, is now scheduled to make his next trip to the post in the Grade I Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile on October 5 at that Lexington oval.
Immediately following Beat Hollow's victory in Arlington Million, run August 17, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel had indicated that Beat Hollow would train up to the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile off that local outing that is the traditional centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred season.
"It's equal weights, $600,000 and a Grade I," Frankel told Daily Racing Form of the change in plans to allow for the additional start at Keeneland. "What the heck! Am I going to wait for the Breeders' Cup? I'm liable to get my (rear end) kicked by Rock of Gibraltar (highly regarded European projected starter in the Breeders' Cup Mile.) You got to take what you can get."
Beat Hollow, who has won seven of 10 career starts and never finished worse than third while earning $1,754,481, worked three furlongs in :36.45 last Saturday at Belmont Park.
The fourth and last period for a Breeders' Cup Future Bet commences this Friday and runs through Sunday. Wagering will be available 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 fourth and last period from September 20-22 will be both the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Grade I Long John Silver's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Jockey Robby Albarado, Arlington's leading rider in 1996 but only here for part of the season in recent years, moved into third place in the 2002 local standings after riding three winners Sunday. Albarado won the opener on Mr. & Mrs. Fletcher Gray's H.M.S. Hollywood; the fifth aboard J. Bauer Sr., D. Hester & A. J. Granitz' Towering Storm; and the eighth astride WinStar Farm LLC's Victory At Sea.
Jockey Corey Lanerie accomplished a riding double Sunday, winning the second on Hugh H. Robertson's Ivars Big Peaceful and the fourth on Coast to Coast Racing Fund LLC's Wild Gear.
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