|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
After arriving at Arlington Park at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Stronach Stable's Macho Uno was settling in nicely in his new surroundings Thursday during training hours, enthusiastically marking his territory to other horses being walked by his stall in Barn 22.
"He's always been a little 'studdish,'" said Russell Dederian, an assistant to Macho Uno's trainer Joe Orseno, as the Eclipse Award winning juvenile of 2000 pawed the ground anxiously to let others know he needed his space. "What's the matter?" added Dederian. "Don't you like to see horses in front of you?"
That may be right. Two years ago while at Churchill Downs, Macho Uno outlasted the late surge of The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Point Given to win the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile on his way to division honors, and that rival went on to Horse of the Year honors the next season.
Last year, despite a season compromised by injury, Macho Uno rebounded to win the Grade III Pennsylvania Derby after missing the Triple Crown.
This season, Macho Uno, a son of Holy Bull who inherited his dappled gray coloring from that 1994 Horse of the Year, has accounted for the Grade II Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs June 1. Now, assuming his next work, probably on Monday, goes well, Macho Uno will go to the post in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park on September 29.
This year the Washington Park 'Cap will serve as the final local prep for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic, part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be run at Arlington October 26 for the first time in their 19-year-history.
The Washington Park will also be one of four stakes races making up Arlington's "Preview Weekend at the Park" on September 28-29.
"We gave him a little vacation after that last start in the Whitney," said Dederian of Macho Uno, who finished fourth in that Grade I Saratoga test August 3. "We sent him to the farm (Adena Springs in Canada) for a checkup and a couple of weeks of tack walking. I went up with him to oversee things for Joe, and Macho Uno trained on the farm. I would say he put on about 18 to 20 pounds while he was there. We worked him Monday at Woodbine and Joe was pleased with his effort."
Dederian is an accredited association steward at the New England fairs in addition to being an assistant to Orseno at the present time. The native of Milford, Mass., will oversee Macho Uno's Arlington Park stay for the next several days, but expects Orseno to arrive in time for Macho Uno's next scheduled work.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the defending trainer champion at Arlington Park, has apparently conceded any chance to repeat in that capacity after shipping 22 horses from his local string back to his Northern California base of operations. The large single van transport effectively reduced the Chicago string by about half.
Included among those who arrived back on the West Coast Thursday was Jerry Hollendorfer & Marta Racing Ventures' Christmas Time, who had finished second in the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes August 31.
Christmas Time, a 2-year-old daughter of 1992 Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Gilded Time, was considered one of the stronger local representatives possible for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie on September 28.
Another back in California after spending most of the summer at Arlington is George Todaro, Howard Litt & Jerry Hollendorfer's Cappuchino, winner of the $55,000 Round Table at Bay Meadows and $55,000 Golden State Mile at Golden Gate Fields before coming here. Also back in California is Jerry Hollendorfer & Marta Racing Ventures' Trickey Trevor, winner of an allowance race here on opening day.
Remaining at the local oval, however is Peter Abruzzo & John Franks' Lost At Sea, winner of the Grade III Singapore Plate August 10. Lost At Sea is scheduled to make her next start in the Grade III Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hoosier Park October 4.
The large Hollendorfer departure locally would appear to ensure Arlington Park leading trainer honors for Wayne Catalano. That Louisiana-born horseman was the Arlington trainer champion in 2000, and put up a valiant run last season before eventually finishing second to Hollendorfer by three wins.
Going into Thursday's program, Catalano had 43 wins to Hollendorfer's 39. Currently third in the local trainer standings is Gene Cilio with 19 wins.
Apprentice jockey Alejandro Marcial suffered a broken collarbone during a spill in Sunday's first race at Arlington Park and will be out of action for several weeks.
Marcial's mount, Ski Away, broke down while racing on the lead approaching the far turn in the one-mile race, throwing the rider to the track.
"I'm a little bit sore," said Marcial, 21, a native of Guerrero, Mexico. "The doctor told me I would be unable to ride for about six or eight weeks, but I expect to stay on this circuit and return to action at Hawthorne."
Marcial had visited the winner's circle four times, had four seconds and seven third-place finishes from 61 mounts at the Arlington meeting, for an in-the-money percentage of almost 25 per cent. His mounts earned a little more than $86,000 during that time.
Members of Churchill Downs Incorporated's (CDI) Twin Spires Club, the Company's player-reward program, will get their third September opportunity to qualify for the fourth annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship this Sunday.
A total of $200,000 in prizes will be awarded to contestants during the tournament to be held January 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The grand-prize winner will take home $100,000 and receive a 2003 Eclipse Award. More than 35,000 racing fans entered the national contest last year with 177 finalists qualifying for a trip to Las Vegas.
Qualifying rounds are being held for Twin Spires Club members during the last four Sundays in September and the first four Sundays in December at all participating Twin Spires Club locations.
Conditioner Hugh Robertson saddled a training double Wednesday, winning the fourth with his own Roses Roses Roses and the eighth with Bluestem Farm Inc.'s Oglala Sue.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo posted a riding double, winning the opener on Carolyn & Harry Disko's Direct and the fourth on Roses Roses Roses.
Jockey Robby Albarado packed his tack following Wednesday's races at Arlington, although he will return to Chicago for specific stakes engagements.
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