|Arlington Park Barn Notes
In today's notes:
After lacking running room until the late stages, Godolphin Racing Inc,'s Marienbard found a path between the leaders late to draw clear by a length in the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere at Longchamp, which was simulcast from France to Arlington Park Sunday morning.
"Maybe he'll come here," surmised Dave Duggan, a Godolphin assistant as he watched a replay of the French race on a television located within the apron level of the Arlington stands. "I'm sure that's an option for them (Godolphin). They love to be represented at the biggest races in the world. They brought Sakhee to the Breeders' Cup last year after he won this race. I'm sure they'll wait a few days to see how they're all doing and then make some decisions.
"Certainly, the way this horse (Marienbard) ran today," said Duggan, "it would seem that the mile and a half of the Breeders' Cup Turf would suit him just fine."
Marienbard is conditioned by Godolphin's primary trainer Saeed bin Suroor, while Duggan, in charge of that outfit's locally-based youngsters, was merely making a supposition as a proud employee.
"It's been a wonderful weekend for them - winning a pair of Grade Is," said Duggan. "All their horses seem to be peeking at the right time. They'll let me know in a few days exactly who is coming and what their plans are."
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history on October 26. The Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic, two races in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, are also the 11th and 12th legs of the World Series Racing Championship (WSRC). Sunday's Arc was the ninth leg of the WSRC, and the Grade I Arlington Million last August 17 was the fifth leg.
Godolphin has sent Grandera, currently the points leader in the WSRC, to Australia to compete in the Group I Carlton Draught Cox Plate, 10th leg of the WSRC to be run earlier on Breeders' Cup Day on the other side of the international dateline.
In addition to Marienbard's victory in Sunday's Arc de Triomphe, Godolphin's Imperial Gesture won Saturday's Grade I Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park in New York. The Beldame is a prep race for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Distaff at Arlington Park on that last Saturday in October.
At Arlington on Sunday, Marienbard paid $17.80, $4.80 and $3 to his backers after his Arc score. Runner-up Sulamani returned $3.20 and $2.20, while the third-place finisher High Chaparral paid $2.60.
Other Longchamp winners on Sunday's card simulcast to Arlington were Prix de l'Abbaye winner Continent ($16.40); Prix de l'Opera winner Bright Sky ($4.80); and Prix Marcel Boussac winner Six Perfections ($3.80).
Also, Grand Criterium winner Hold That Tiger ($18.40); and Prix de Grand Hotel winner Charming Jacky ($27.40).
Hold That Tiger, who closed with a bold rush to take the Grand Criterium at about seven furlongs on the grass, has been mentioned as a possibility for the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile here October 26.
Stronach Stables Inc.'s Macho Uno, winner of the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile two years ago, continues to do well at Arlington Park in preparation for a possible engagement in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic, according to assistant trainer Russell Derderian.
The Classic, richest Thoroughbred race in North America with its $4 million purse, comes to Arlington Park October 26 when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be contested in Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.
Macho Uno disappointed when he finished fifth in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap here last Sunday. That $400,000 event, contested at a mile and three-sixteenths, was the final local prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic, run at a mile and a quarter.
"I'm happy with the way he came out of the Washington Park," said Derderian Saturday morning, referring to last Sunday's race. "I'm not happy with the way he ran, but I'm happy with the way he is doing right now. We're here where the race is going to be run. As long as Joe (trainer Orseno) and Frank (owner Stronach) are happy, we'll just continue to persevere with him."
The FEGENTRI World Cup of Nations, sponsored by The Thoroughbred Collections to include the Amateur Riders Club of the Americas, will be contested at Arlington Park next week on Sunday, October 13.
The Amateur Riders Club of the Americas is an official member of the International Federation of Amateur Riders (FEGENTRI).
FEGENTRI, founded in 1955 at St. Moritz, Switzerland, has a membership of 21 countries and organizes World Championships for men and women, comprising about 60 races run in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.
The World Cup of Nations, inaugurated at Arlington Park in 2000, will again crown the winning country next Sunday.
The world's best amateur riders come from varied backgrounds and have full time professions. A farmer, an auto retailer and numerous students are some of the professional occupations of the riders slated to compete in next Sunday's competition at Arlington Park.
Gary A. Tanaka's Golden Apples, who won the Grade I Beverly D. at Arlington Park during the International Festival of Racing here August 17, kept her winning ways intact with a tally in the Grade I Yellow Ribbon on Saturday at Santa Anita. Golden Apples is a candidate for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf to be contested here October 26.
Jockey Carlos Montalvo scored a riding triple Saturday at Arlington Park. Montalvo took the second half of the daily double with Frank C. Calabrese's Restless Sound, came back to the winner's circle after the fifth aboard Humberto Gracia's Spectacular Cat, and completed his "hat trick" with Calabrese's Lingard Cat in the ninth.
Trainer Wayne Catalano and owner Calabrese were a "trainer/owner double team" with Restless Sound and Lingard Cat, and are already assured successful defenses of their trainer and owner championships at Arlington Park last year.
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