|Arlington Park Barn Notes 05/28/03
In today's notes:
Louie J. Roussel III & Ronnie Lamarque's In Secure, unstarted as a 2-year-old but a perfect two-for-two in her sophomore campaign, remains on course to make her Arlington Park debut in Saturday's featured Real Delight Stakes, a $75,000 test for 3-year-old fillies to be contested at six furlongs.
"She was very immature as a 2-year-old," said Lara Van Deren, in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Roussel barn once again this summer. "All she did last year was to jog for five months. Even early this year her joints weren't quite developed, and I wanted her to be absolutely right when she made her first start."
Van Deren has always been known for her patience with all the horses under her care, and concerning the belated bow of In Secure, that patience seems to have paid off. The daughter of A.P. Indy made her first trip to the post at Hawthorne April 12 as the odds-on choice of the fans and rewarded her many backers with a front-running half-length tally.
However, that maiden win paled in comparison to her second start May 4 when she was dismissed at better than 3-1 but led every step of the way once again in Hawthorne's $40,000 Nervous John Stakes. That day she drew off for a three and three-quarter-length score.
"The more we worked her, the better she got," said Van Deren, "and now she's just turned into a little maniac out there. She's so smart that she's learned to relax more when she's out there. She's thinking about what she's doing.
"That makes me think she may be more than just a sprinter, and obviously it would be better for her if she were," Van Deren said. "Louie had her mother (the Deputy Minister mare Morelia), and she could only go short, but this filly has a different stride than she did. Her father was A. P. Indy (winner of the Belmont Stakes in 1992), so I can certainly see her being able to get a mile out of the chute."
Saturday's $75,000 Real Delight Stakes will also serve as the final leg of a CDSN "All-Stakes" Pick 3 when it goes to the post at 4:39 p.m. CDT.
Calder Race Course will host this special wager that combines three stakes races from three CDSN racetracks and fans can wager on the Pick 3 through Calder Race 11.
Calder's $50,000 Royal Glint Stakes, will kick off the Saturday's CDSN when it goes to the post at 4:25 p.m. CDT. At 4:32 p.m. CDT, Churchill Downs will offer its grassy Grade III Louisville Handicap at a mile and three-eighths as the middle leg seven minutes before Arlington Park's Real Delight concludes the wager.
William Stiritz's Win Won is expected to accept racing secretary and handicapper Frank Gabriel's top impost of 120 pounds in Saturday's $40,000 Your Ladyship Handicap, a seven-furlong test for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward that are registered in the Illinois program.
Trained by Jim Zook, Win Won captured her last trip to the post at Fairmount Park by coming from off the pace in a six-furlong sprint. Before that the Air Forbes Won mare was second by two and a half to Ben Barnow's Seven Brides in Hawthorne's $100,000 Governor's Lady Handicap April 12.
Seven Brides is likely to try and make it two in a row over Win Won. The daughter of Marked Tree was in receipt of four pounds in the Hawthorne sprint but is only assigned one pound less on Saturday when she totes 119.
Kammalot Stable's Tejano Honey, 117, and David Hulfachor's Rain Boots, 114, both trained by Tom Dorris, are also slated for the Your Ladyship, as is Peter Stamas, Marovich Ent. LLC & Crown's Way Farm's Vibes, 116, and Crown's Way Farm's Gracility, 114, both trained by Gene Cilio.
L.J. Gaudreau & Larry Gillen's Come September and Bank & Katz Stables Galatea Cat, 116 and 114 pounds respectively, are also expected for the Your Ladyship 'Cap.
Conditioner Hugh Robertson and defending jockey champion Rene Douglas pooled their training and riding talents to record a double on Monday's Memorial Day program at Arlington Park. Together they captured the third race of the day with Robertson & Regatta Stables' If Six Was Nine and came back to take the featured $48,150 Mister Gus Stakes with John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred.
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