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In today's notes:
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Kenneth Taylor's Xtra Heat in Breeders' Cup competition; or maybe John E. Salzman Sr., a trainer for more than 30 years, will have beginner's luck at Arlington Park.
Either adage will be all right with the connections of Xtra Heat as the 4-year-old filly moves toward her projected start in the Grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint. That six-furlong affair will be contested October 26 when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history.
Xtra Heat, who beat the boys last Saturday at Keeneland in the Grade III Phoenix Breeders' Cup Sprint, arrived on the Arlington Park grounds Sunday about an hour after her conditioner, who will be starting a horse at the local oval for the first time in his career.
"Everything is good at this time," said Salzman Wednesday morning outside Arlington's Barn 18. "At this point in time, because she just ran, I don't think I'm going to breeze her again. I'll probably just gallop her into the race. She ran against some tough horses the other day, but she has bounced back pretty quick."
This will be the third straight Breeders' Cup appearance for Xtra Heat. Two years ago Xtra Heat finished 10th in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies behind Carl F. Pollard's Caressing at Churchill Downs. Last year, however, the daughter of Dixieland Heat was second in the Sprint when it was run at Belmont Park, beaten only a half-length by David J. Lanzman's Squirtle Squirt.
Salzman, 57, born in Prince George's County, Maryland, took out his trainer's license in 1969, but has started only one horse in Chicago previously. That was a horse named Noble Home who was sent to Sportman's Park in 1983. Earlier that year, Noble Home ran second in the Jim Beam and out of the money in the Blue Grass after losing two shoes at Keeneland.
Joseph Graffeo's Two Item Limit, four-length victress in the $42,000 Unique Type Handicap at Arlington Park September 14, breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:04 Tuesday at Arlington Park in preparation of a projected start in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Distaff October 26.
That $2 million race for fillies and mares will be contested on that last Saturday in October when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington Park and Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.
Trainer Steve DiMauro was in Chicago to supervise Two Item Limit's Tuesday move, which had splits of :13 2/5; :26 3/5; :39 2/5; and :51 2/5 recorded by Illinois State clocker Bobby Belpedio prior to her five-furlong time. The Illinois-bred galloped out three-quarters in 1:19.
"I wasn't real happy with it," said DiMauro Wednesday over the phone from New York when asked about the Tuesday move. "The boy went too slow the first part of it with her, but she finished up real well, which was what really matters. I had a time in my mind that she would go :24 and change, :38 and change, and finish up in 1:02.
"She just went too slow the first part," said DiMauro, "but we'll work her again on Monday with Rene (leading jockey Douglas) up on her, so everything will be fine. She's doing good, and looks great."
The Unique Type, restricted to Illinois-breds, was designed to be a confidence builder for Two Item Limit, who had disappointed in the Grade I Personal Ensign Handicap August 23 at Saratoga when a well-beaten fifth.
Earlier in the season, Two Item Limit was a good third, beaten two and a half lengths, in the Grade III Delaware Handicap July 21 at Delaware Park and was also third, beaten that same margin, in the Grade I Odgen Phipps June 22 at Belmont Park.
Cliveden Stud's Fraulein, a projected starter in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf here at Arlington Park October 26, galloped a mile and an eighth Wednesday morning at the local oval with a serious breeze tentatively scheduled for Friday.
The Filly & Mare Turf is one of eight races to be contested at Arlington Park October 26 as part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships when those showcase events come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history on that last Saturday in October.
Trainer Edward Dunlop, who was still at the Goffs Yearling Sales in Ireland Tuesday, is a possibility to be here in time for Fraulein's Friday move, which will depend on good weather.
After leaving England in late September, Fraulein and her handlers Peter Boothman and Tracy Johnson stopped at Woodbine in Canada long enough to capture the Grade I E. P. Taylor Stakes September 29 at that Ontario oval.
Bent Oak Farm's Dr. Phil, a John E. Salzman trainee who accompanied Xtra Heat when that filly shipped to Arlington in advance of the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, is one of eight 2-year-olds likely for Saturday's $75,000 Manila Stakes.
Saturday's third running of the one-mile juvenile test is slated for Arlington Park's world famous grass course. Dr. Phil finished third in the $50,000 World Appeal at the Meadowlands September 27 in a stakes taken off the turf and run over a sloppy course.
Other 2-year-olds slated for Saturday's Arlington Park headliner include John S. Pettibone's Come Back Now, Preston Stable LLC's High Octave, Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Mr Mississippi and Courtlandt Farm's Newsbreak.
Others slated for the Manila one day before entries will be drawn include Choctaw Racing Stable's Our Only Option, Bill Hamilton's Road Town, and David Beard's Zydeco Affair.
When the Columbus Day holiday is observed this Monday, October 14, Arlington Park will run a Monday race day for only the second (and last) time during the 2002 season.
A "roll back the prices day" will be observed Monday with reduced prices for admission, programs, and selected concessions. Regular post time of 1 p.m. will be observed Monday.
A Memorial Service for Nancy Hazelton, wife of trainer Richard Hazelton, will be held Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church located at 800 East Palatine Road in Palatine, Illinois (on the corner of Rohlwing and Palatine Roads).
Mrs. Hazelton died September 30 after a long illness.
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