|Arlington Park Barn Notes 05/29/03
In today's notes:
As a playwright Sam Shepard was awarded the 1979 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his play "Buried Child." As an actor he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as test pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film "The Right Stuff."
But the dichotomous nature of his artistic career doesn't scratch the surface of Shepard's individualistic spirit, and among his many interests is a fascination with things equine. He is an accomplished horseman who has often focused on the theme of the vanishing West, he has ridden cutting horses most of his life and he has owned Thoroughbreds for a number of years.
In the latter capacity, Shepard is expected to be at Arlington Park Saturday to watch his filly Crow Jane compete in the $75,000 Real Delight Stakes for 3-year-olds of the distaff set.
"This is hardly (Shepard's) first tango (as a horse owner)," said Crow Jane's trainer Jeffrey Thornbury, speaking over the phone from Keeneland, "but it may be his first successful one. He indicated during the last conversation I had with him that he plans to be there Saturday."
Crow Jane, a daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie, broke her maiden in New Orleans Jan. 16, came back to finish second by a neck in a grass sprint at the Fair Grounds March 20, and then posted a facile five-length score in allowance company on Keeneland's main track April 11.
However, in her most recent start the Kentucky-bred out of a Farma Way mare was sixth in Churchill's Grade III La Troienne May 1 while racing in Shepard's nom-de-course silks of Totier Creek Farm.
"We're still scratching our heads over that one," said Thornbury. "The race was a furlong farther than she'd ever been before and she was in graded company, so maybe they just overwhelmed her. She had a bullet work going into the race and it seemed to set up very well for her. Of course, we scoped her after the race and found nothing, and she's been training very well since then, so we're really curious to see how she performs on Saturday."
William Stiritz's Win Won and Ben Barnow's Seven Brides, each with a win over the other in their first two encounters, meet again in a rubber match when they head a field of 12 named to Saturday's $40,000 Your Ladyship Handicap.
The seven-furlong test is restricted to fillies and mares that are Illinois registered, conceived and/or foaled.
Win Won, a 5-year-old mare by 1982 Wood Memorial winner Air Forbes Won, journeyed to Fairmount Park in Southern Illinois to capture her last trip to the post May 3, but before that she was defeated two and a half-lengths by Seven Brides in the $100,000 Governor's Lady Handicap at Hawthorne April 12 when giving that rival four pounds. Previously, Win Won had defeated Seven Brides at the Southside oval March 2 when in receipt of a two-pound advantage.
Seven Brides has not started since her winning effort over Win Won in the Governor's Lady when she made or forced the pace throughout. The 4-year-old filly gets in Saturday's rematch with 119 pounds while Win Won shoulders racing secretary and handicapper Frank Gabriel Jr.'s top impost of 120.
Facing those rivals are the Gene Cilio-trained coupling of Peter Stamas, Marovich Ent. LLC & Crown's Way Farm's Vibes and Crown's Way's Gracility, 116 and 114 respectively; Ruman Stable's Rose N Angelina, 113; L.M. Gaudreau & Larry Gillen's Come September, 116; Three Good Legs Stable's White O Morn, 112; Kammalot Stables' Tejano Honey, 117; David Hulfachor's Rain Boots, 114; Bank & Katz Stable's Galatea Cat, 114; Helen & Stein Partnership's Jiroga Lite, 113; and Richard A. Englander's Miss Spragg, 114.
Wednesdays are traditionally Senior Days at Arlington Park, with a reduced admission price of $2 for people 55 and over, but this coming Wednesday, June 4, will be the first of four special Senior Days.
An attractive package headed by a two-hour lunch buffet in Arlington Park's International Room also includes admission to Arlington, a Daily Racing Guide, complimentary general parking as well as a four-hour house bar in the International Room. The complete package is available for seniors at $25 per person.
Also part of this special Senior Days package will be a handicapping seminar with a wagering host who will explain how to read the Daily Racing Guide; as well as a seminar on healthy senior cooking hosted by Chef Dino Simon.
Arlington Park's leading rider Curt Bourque moved four wins in front of defending jockey champion Rene Douglas with a riding double on Wednesday's program. Bourque took the third race of the day with Frank C. Calabrese's Boom Boom Cha Cha, conditioned by defending trainer champion and current leading trainer Wayne Catalano, and came back in Wednesday's nightcap with a score aboard Virginia Tarra Trust's Wild Tiger, trained by Gene Cilio.
Also posting a riding double Wednesday was jockey Marlon St. Julien, who took the sixth race aboard Guy Carnagey's Report to All for trainer Kris Turner. St. Julien returned to the winner's circle astride the Christine Janks-trained Cool Kitty for owner Howard Rose and Janks's Emerald Ridge Farm.
Friday's Miller Lite Party In The Park Band is the "Jack Straw Band," a group that features American roots music.
Sunday's Pepsi Family Day theme is "Health and Safety," while the Junior Jockey Club event is "How to Care for a Horse."
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