|Arlington Park Barn Notes 05/26/03
In today's notes:
Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Summer Mis, three-length winner of Sunday's allowance feature at Arlington Park, came out of that sprint in good order and remains on track for a start in the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap in less than three weeks.
That seven-furlong affair for fillies and mares will be the first graded stakes of the 2003 season at Arlington when contested June 14. Past winners of the Chicago Breeders' Cup 'Cap include two-time winner Lazer Show, who upset Very Subtle in the 1987 renewal. The latter went on to win the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint later that year.
Safely Kept, winner of the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1990, came to Arlington to win the 1991 Chicago Breeders' Cup 'Cap and Meafara, winner of the Chicago race in 1993, finished a close second against males in both the 1992 and 1993 Breeders' Cup Sprint.
"She made me very proud," said trainer Tony Mitchell of Summer Mis' Sunday effort. "All the girls in Sunday's race were very tough, but I was quietly confident. She was back on her home track and pulled the same kind of numbers she did in winning the Purple Violet last year. She ate up everything last night and was bucking and kicking this morning (Monday). We'll give her an easy week and then start getting her ready for the Chicago Breeders' Cup. Larry (jockey Sterling Jr.) will do the honors once again that day."
Bluestem Farm Inc.'s Oglala Sue, runner-up in Sunday's sprint, also came out of the race well, according to trainer Hugh Robertson, who was pleased with her race. Asked about a possible start in the Chicago Breeders' Cup, Robertson said: "Who knows? We'll see."
Twenty-three 3-year-old fillies have been nominated to Saturday's $75,000 Real Delight Stakes with a handful already checked off as probable for the six-furlong sprint.
Maggi Moss's Abounding Truth, a winner of her last two at Prairie Meadows, and Louie Roussel III & Ronnie Lamarque's In Secure, a victor in the only two starts of her career, are among those considered probable at this time.
Totier Creek Farm's Crow Jane, Coast to Coast Racing Fund LLC's You Glitter Girl and Stonerside Stable LLC's Fast Cookie are also considered probable. The last named filly, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, finished third in the Grade III La Troienne at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week.
Fillies considered possible starters at this time for the Real Delight are William Schaffrick's Beach Plum, J.C. Racing Stable's Gumbo Love and Darwin Olson's Tulupai.
Florida Derby winner Empire Maker, owned by Juddmonte Farms and Lone Star Derby winner Dynever, who races in the silks of Catherine Wills, head a list of 208 sophomores nominated to the Grade II Arlington Classic, first leg of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple.
The Classic will be run on June 28, followed by the Grade II American Derby July 20 and the Grade I Secretariat August 16 in the Mid-America Triple for 3-year-olds with a grassy turn of foot.
Empire Maker and Dynever, of course, are still on tap for the Grade I Belmont Stakes on the main track June 7, but both worked on the grass Sunday in preparation for their immediate engagement. Empire Maker breezed five-eighths over Belmont's yielding inner turf course in 1:02 3/5, and Dynever, who worked in company, went a half in :48 2/5 breezing.
Trainer Rebecca Maker, who won Saturday's Reluctant Guest Handicap at Arlington Park with Ted Taylor's Dancing With Me after drawing into the race from the 13-position on the also eligible list, enjoyed that same luck of the draw in Sunday's finale, when Dogwood Stable's General Lee drew in from the 13-position after a late scratch in the body of that race.
Dancing With Me lit up the tote board with a $67.20 win mutuel while General Lee returned a healthy $21.80 straight.
Also pretty in prices is conditioner Terri Stufflebean, now a perfect two-for-two in her life as a trainer saddling horses in her own name. Stufflebean had her first career winner Thursday with Edwardo Candelas's Riviera Dance for an $8.80 win payoff and came back to capture Sunday's fourth race with her second starter, Gold Creek Racing Partnership #3's Tub Tosser, whose backers cleaned up with a $61.60 payoff for a $2 wager.
Leading owner Frank C. Calabrese, leading trainer Wayne Catalano and leading jockey Curt Bourque combined for a winning double on Sunday's Arlington Park program, taking the opening event with Concernina and came back to capture the seventh event with Lord Jones.
Groom of the Week at Arlington Park this week was awarded to Artemio Espinosa from the Christine Janks stable.
Mystery Giver breezed five-eighths in 1:02 3/5 at Arlington Park Monday morning for trainer Chris Block with jockey Chris Emigh up. He galloped out three-quarters in 1:16 in preparation for one of two possible upcoming Arlington stakes.
Wiggins breezed a half in :47 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 Monday for trainer Tony Granitz with Eddie Razo up in possible preparation for the Prairie State Festival.
Private Son went five furlongs in 1:00, also on Monday, for trainer Sally Schu with Rene Douglas up.
Voladero, who broke his maiden at Arlington Park in his first trip to the post on May 10, make the second start of his career in Monday's Grade III Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Also on Monday at Churchill, the Pick 6 Carryover has swelled to $342,497.
At Hollywood Park Monday, a $1 million guaranteed Pick 6 is offered as part of their Memorial Day Festival including two Grade I stakes.
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