|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
James Tafel LLC's Lakenheath, heroine by a head in the Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap here on Labor Day Monday, September 2, breezed a half at Keeneland Thursday morning in a recorded move of :50, according to Arlington Park-based trainer Gene Cilio.
Lakenheath, who left Arlington Park Monday, is in final preparations for her start in Sunday's Grade I Overbrook Spinster at the Lexington oval.
"She actually probably went a little faster than that," said Cilio at Arlington during training hours later that morning, "but it was dark and the clockers couldn't see her very well. She's pretty well fit, anyway, and we got what we wanted from her. She's doing great."
Cilio assistants Andy Hansen and Billy Durkin were at Keeneland to supervise Thursday's move by Lakenheath, who also finished third in last year's $150,000 Arlington Matron as a sophomore running against older mares.
"I'll be going down there on Friday," Cilio said.
Other projected starters in the $500,000 Spinster -- like the local Matron a nine-furlong affair -- include Edmund A. Gann's You; Select Stable's Take Charge Lady; Sam-Son Farm's Dancethruthedawn; Amerman Racing LLC's Printemps; G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Victory Ride; and Helen Alexander, Dorothy Matz & Helen K. Groves' Atelier.
John Franks & Peter Abruzzo's Lost At Sea, length and a quarter victress in the Grade III Singapore Plate here August 10, has been declared from Friday's Grade III Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hoosier Park following a minor quarter crack problem that surfaced early this week.
"It's a very minor problem," said owner Abruzzo Thursday morning. "We could have run her in a bar shoe and she would have been fine. It was my decision to scratch her. I told Jerry (trainer Hollendorfer), 'Why fool around with it? She's too nice a filly to risk it for even the slightest chance of a setback.'
"What I'm really shooting for is the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream on January 25," said Abruzzo. "Lost At Sea is a Florida-bred, but I also own Royally Chosen who races out on the West Coast. She's a California-bred (conditioned by Bruce Headley who was second in Santa Anita's El Encino and La Brea last December).
"This way, I can look forward to having the top Florida-bred and the top California-bred race on the same day" said Abruzzo, 45, a Chicagoland resident who is involved in several businesses that include formal wear, banking and imported furniture.
The Sunshine Millions will pit Florida-breds against California-breds in an eight-race series worth a total of $3.6 million. Purse for individual races will range from $250,000 to $1 million. An equal amount of horses bred in the two states will compete in each race.
In the Singapore Plate, formerly known as the Arlington Oaks, Lost At Sea took command in upper stretch and drew clear in the late stages. In her previous start she had captured the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows on July 3.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Anasheed, who closed with a bold rush to finish second in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, is no longer a prospective candidate for the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Anasheed, as well as Godolphin's $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes winner Sharp Impact and other locally-based youngsters, have been shipped to Saratoga and placed in quarantine prior to projected winter campaigns in Dubai.
"I'm disappointed, but that's the way it goes," said Dave Duggan, who has been in charge of the local Godolphin contingent throughout the season. "I feel Anasheed would have been very close in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He was training very well.
"However, the 'Big Boss' makes the decisions," said Duggan, referring to Godolphin's Sheikh Mohammed, "and he knows he's got a horse that might very well be a prime candidate for the Kentucky Derby next spring. I'm sure he's thinking toward that goal."
One year ago, Godolphin finished one-two in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with the eventual Eclipse Award winner Tempera and Imperial Gesture.
Sixteen of the premier turf horses in the world remained eligible for Sunday's Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere as of Thursday morning.
The ninth leg of the 2002 World Series Racing Championship (WSRC) will be one of six races from Longchamp Racecourse on the outskirts of Paris, France, that will be simulcast to Arlington Park Sunday morning.
The Grade I Arlington Million, traditionally the centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, served as the fifth leg of the WSRC when run for the 20th time August 17.
The WSRC, a 14-race series contested on four continents, will return 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 has hosted three legs of the WSRC in the same year.
In recognition of this weekend's Arc, gates at Arlington Park will open at 7 a.m. Central time Sunday, and a continental style breakfast will be offered. The first of the six French races from Longchamp will go to the post at 8 a.m., with the Arc slated for 10:30 a.m.
Group I winners scheduled for the Arc include English and Irish Derby winner High Chaparral, German Derby winner Boreal, Prix du Jockey Club winner Sulamani, and Grosser Preis von Baden winner Marienbard. The latter German race was the sixth leg of the WSRC.
Other races from Longchamp Sunday simulcast to Arlington include the Prix de l'Abbaye, Prix de l'Opera, Prix Marcel Boussac, Grand Criterium and the Prix du Grand Hotel Barriere.
Gary A. Tanaka's Histoire Saint, Carl F. Pollard's Kiss The Devil, and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Lady of Peace, all assigned 120 pounds, are slated to head a full field in Saturday's featured attraction, the $42,000 Top Corsage Handicap.
The race for fillies and mares will be contested at mile and a sixteenth over Arlington Park's world famous turf course.
A season high win payoff of $154.20 based on a $2 wager was recorded at Arlington Park Wednesday in the fourth race of the day when Joel Perez' Your Bold took down winning honors.
A season high exacta of $1,853.60 was paid out to fans who picked Your Bold to win and Jeffrey Sullivan and Ernie Poulos Racing Stable Inc.'s Wild Percussionist to finish second.
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