|Arlington Park Barn Notes 05/21/03
In today's notes:
Trainer Michele Boyce expects to have two chances to capture Saturday's featured $40,000 Reluctant Guest Handicap. Ellie's Rose may share the top impost of 117 pounds in the one-mile turf test for fillies and mare, while Kate the Great gets in lighter with 114.
"Ellie's Rose (owned by Gerry & Sam Belpedio, William Lloyd & Cherrywood Racing Stable II) is making her first start of the year, but she's been training forwardly and may be ready off her works," said Boyce, who earned a master's degree in nursing before turning to training Thoroughbreds.
"Kate the Great (owned by Barr Three LLC) won her last start on the other side (Hawthorne, Apr. 29) to win her last condition," Boyce said, "and I'm very pleased with the way she's been training since then. The two each have different styles of running, so I don't think they'll interfere with each other. Hopefully, Saturday's race will serve as a prep for both of them before they race in the Prairie State Festival (June 21)."
Ellie's Rose, a 6-year-old mare who comes from off the pace, won the $87,150 Lincoln Heritage Handicap last year, unseating Ioya Two, who finished fourth after having won the two previous renewals. Interestingly, Ellie's Rose also came back to win the $42,000 Ioya Two Handicap last October after that Team Block mare had been retired.
Kate the Great, a daughter of Doc's Leader who was bred by her ownership, is a 4-year-old filly who won that last race at Hawthorne by two lengths after making the pace throughout.
Veteran Illinois-based conditioner Tom Dorris, who celebrates his 57th birthday on Friday, began his birthday week by saddling a training double on Sunday's program.
Known locally as "The Gentle Giant," Dorris took Sunday's opener with Rupert's Fire, who he owns in partnership with Ken Sentel. The trainer, born in Herrin, Illinois, came back to capture the last race of the day with Gary Tussey's Leaseholders Dream.
"She looks like she might be a nice 3-year-old filly for us," said Dorris of Leaseholders Dream, a daughter of Meadowlake, who was making the second start of her career. She is out of Leaseholder, a Taylor's Falls mare owned by Tussey, a native of St. Francisville, Illinois, who is in the trucking and oil business.
"That dam has already foaled a stakes-winning filly named Golly Greeley by Mr. Greeley," said Dorris. "She has also produced a 2-year-old Glitterman colt and has a colt by Tiznow (Horse of the Year in 2000) at her side. We don't know yet what kind of a sire he's going to be, but he sure was a good runner."
After being allowed to settle early, Asiel Stable's Shandy challenged when set down for the drive and drew off for a two-length tally in Sunday's featured $40,000 Hi Oak Silver Handicap at Arlington Park.
Shandy, an altered son of Elusive Quality who won the $50,000 Prairie Meadows Freshman Stakes last September, was ridden by Carlos "Hi Ho" Silva, who passed the 3,000-career win milestone last year at Arlington. Shandy is trained by Richard Hazelton, who passed the 4,000-win mark several years ago while racing on the Illinois circuit.
Silva scored a riding double Sunday aboard Leaseholders Dream in the final race of the afternoon for trainer Tom Dorris, who completed his double for the day.
Jockey Shane Laviolette accomplished a riding double Sunday, winning aboard Rupert's Fire in the opener and coming back to the winner's circle with Michael W. & Judy Crowe's Attack the Books in the sixth race for trainer David Hinsley.
Arlington's defending jockey champion Rene Douglas, currently tied with Curt Bourque for the lead in the local jockey standings through Sunday, was the third rider to post two wins on Sunday's program. Douglas took the third race with Nancy A. Vanier's New Shoes for trainer Harvey Vanier, and posed again for a win picture with Naveed Chowhan's Classic Moment for trainer Bernie Flint after the fifth event.
Owner Avers Wexler had two winners Sunday but they came at different racetracks. At Arlington the Wexler Stables Inc. silks were represented in the winner's circle after the second race with Fleetmaster, trained by Charlie Vinci and ridden by Randy Meier. Earlier in the day in New York at Belmont Park in the second race of the day, Wexler silks were worn by Danceinthestreets, ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Frank Laboccetta Jr.
Wexler's Zoe's Trick finished eighth in Sunday's fourth race with jockey Zoe Cadman astride. However, the filly was named for Wexler's granddaughter, not the jockey.
Juddmonte Farms' Chiselling, winner of last year's Grade I Secretariat at Arlington Park, makes his first start of the year in Hollywood Park's seventh race Wednesday.
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