|Arlington Park Barn Notes
In today's notes:
Herrick Racing's Nuclear Debate, who's been all over the world, and David & Rita Milch's Disturbingthepeace, who had never been out of California until the wee hours of Saturday morning, both arrived on a flight from the West Coast to O'Hare International Airport later that morning. The pair was subsequently vanned to Arlington Park and was logged in through the local gates at 11:11 a.m.
Disturbingthepeace has come to Arlington Park for a start in the Grade I NAPA Breeders' Cup Sprint this Saturday, while Nuclear Debate is being pointed for a start in the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile that same afternoon.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, often referred to as the Super Bowl of Thoroughbred Racing, come to Chicago and Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history on October 26. The two races will be run back-to-back as part of the eight-race championship series.
Disturbingthepeace and Nuclear Debate are both trained by Southern California based Darrell Vienna. Vienna trained the 1992 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Gilded Time, who was owned by Milch & Silverman, when the Breeders' Cup was held at Gulfstream Park. However, earlier that season, Vienna conditioned Gilded Time at Arlington, and captured the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity that year with the eventual Eclipse Award champion.
Vienna, who suspended his training career for several years to pursue one as an attorney, has returned to a life as a full-time Thoroughbred conditioner. He is expected to arrive at Arlington Park Tuesday morning, but sent his assistant Scott Chaney ahead with the Breeders' Cup duo.
Interestingly, Chaney, 30, who is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed his own bar exams after graduating from the University of Southern California law school. He got into Thoroughbred racing after meeting Vienna's law partner while still pursuing a career in law, and dropped his own potential career as a lawyer to pursue one with Thoroughbred horses.
"Our journey here was uneventful," said Chaney. "Both horses shipped very well, and it was probably no more than about five and a half hours from stall to stall. The horses are both feeling good and enjoying this cooler weather in Chicago."
Nuclear Debate was third, beaten a length and a quarter for all of it, in his last trip to the post in the Grade I Atto Mile at Woodbine September 8. The Daily Racing Form trouble line indicated he was blocked on the turn in that race.
"Actually, we didn't consider that too much of a disadvantage," said Chaney. "This is a horse who likes to be in a large crowd and bull his way through between horses. He likes to get in there and mix it up a little bit. That's why we're looking forward to a 14-horse field in the (Breeders' Cup) Mile. That's his style."
Disturbingthepeace has won his last six straight starts. The last three were in Grade II company on the Southern California circuit, where he most recently captured Del Mar's Pat O'Brien Handicap August 18.
"They say Disturbingthepeace has to have the lead, but that's not true," said Chaney when talking about their candidate for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. "He's won some of his races wire-to-wire, but he's not just a speedball. It depends on how the race sets up. The horse can be rated. We'll be happy to lay off the pace and follow the leader for awhile, as long as we can pass him when we have to."
Flaxman Holdings Ltd.'s Good Journey, a winner of the Grade I Atto Mile in his last start September 8, arrived at Arlington Park late Saturday morning to prepare for a start in the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile at the local oval next Saturday.
The Breeders' Cup Mile, which will be run over Arlington's world famous turf course, is one of eight championship races to be contested here October 26 when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington Park and Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.
Good Journey, although based in Southern California, has captured three of his last four straight winning races on grass courses away from the West Coast. On July 4, the 6-year-old trained by Wally Dollase took down winning honors in the Grade II Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs.
"He shipped great," said Aimee Dollase, daughter of the conditioner and a chief assistant to her father. "He ate up great last night, and we jogged him around the track this morning and he was full of himself. He is really enjoying this colder weather.
"We'll gallop him again tomorrow," said the younger Dollase. "I'll talk to Dad about any other plans. I think he's considering giving him a short, easy breeze Wednesday or Thursday if we can get him on the grass course."
Although bred by his ownership in Kentucky, Good Journey began his career in France in 1999, with one start at Saint-Cloud and two at Longchamp before returning to North America. The entire son of Nureyev broke his maiden at Santa Anita in November of 2000 on turf, and all 13 of his career efforts have come on grass.
A cargo flight from England is scheduled to arrive at O'Hare International Airport late Sunday carrying Exors of Lord Weinstock's Golan for the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and that ownership's Islington for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Golan and Islington are both Irish-breds, and both are conditioned by Sir Michael Stoute.
Also scheduled on that flight is the Estate of Gerald W. Leigh's Gossamer, who is a candidate for the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile. Gossamer is trained by the European-based Luca Cumani.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, a series of eight championship races, come to Chicago and Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history on October 26.
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