|Arlington Park Barn Notes 06/1/03
In today's notes:
It was a perfect wedding present for owner-trainer Louie J. Roussel III, who got married in New Orleans Friday night to the former Sally Fouchee.
Roussel and Ronnie Lamarque's In Secure, an undefeated 3-year-old filly going into Saturday's Arlington Park feature, kept her perfect record intact when she rallied in the stretch and was up in the late stages to win Saturday's $75,000 Real Delight Stakes by a neck.
"She's a little tired this morning," said Lara Van Deren, Roussel's assistant in charge of the string at Arlington Park, speaking at her Barn 1 headquarters, "but she's doing fine. She ran great yesterday. I knew she would when she bit me earlier in the morning.
"She's not bad-natured filly," Van Deren said. "It just meant she was feeling great. She did the same thing when she won her previous race (May 4 in Hawthorne's Nervous John Stakes). It's just her way of saying 'Hey, it's time to give me something to do.'
"I'm not sure where she'll go next," said Van Deren when asked about future plans for In Secure. The daughter of A.P. Indy broke her maiden in her first career start at the Southside oval April 12 after being unstarted as a 2-year-old.
"It's up to Louie," Van Deren said. "I don't think he's really thought that far ahead. At the moment, I believe he and his wife are driving to Boca Raton, Florida, where they have a condo. I'm sure we'll be thinking about what's next for her in a few days."
Randy Hamelers' Nicole's Dream, a 44-1 longshot who made the pace in all but the last strides of Saturday's Real Delight Stakes, also came out of the six-furlong sprint well, trainer Odin Londono reported Sunday morning outside Barn 9A.
"I expected her to give a good run," said Londono, when asked if he was as surprised as the betting public when his Florida-bred filly put on such a courageous performance. "In her last race (the $75,000 Bob Slater Stakes at Gulfstream Park), she would have done better but she ran too quick too soon."
Londono, 42, a native of Panama, has been training about 10 years after a long successful career as a jockey at Calder in the winter and the New York circuit in the summer.
"I did good as a rider, and now, thank God, I'm doing good as a trainer," Londono said. "During the winter, I take my horses to (John Brunetti's) Red Oak Farm in Ocala, Florida.
"For her next start, I would like to point her toward the Claiming Crown in Minnesota," said Londono, speaking of the Canterbury Park series on July 19.
Londono's brother Omar, also successful both as a conditioner and a jockey, is currently training horses at Monmouth Park after riding at Tampa Bay Downs and the New Jersey circuit as a younger man.
Londono's son, Odin Jr., has a string of Thoroughbreds for his father at Great Lakes Downs this summer.
Online voters at ntra.com can vote for their favorite national representative in this year's NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Voting continues through Saturday among 12 riders, and Rene Douglas, Arlington Park's champion jockey the last two years, is among them.
The seventh annual NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship will be held at Lone Star on Friday, June 20.
Ten invitations to compete in the Lone Star Championship were extended Saturday, but fans have an opportunity to vote in an 11th rider, with the 12th slot going to Lone Star Park's leading rider through Sunday.
Invitations for the Championship have already been extended to Robby Albarado, Russell Baze, Ryan Fogelsonger, Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Shane Sellers, Mike Smith, Alex Solis, Pat Valenzuela and John Velazquez.
Joining Douglas among those fans could vote in for the 11th position are Javier Castellano, Jorge Chavez, Eibar Coa, Kent Desormeaux, Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, David Flores, Rosemary Homeister Jr., Richard Migliore, Corey Nakatani and Cornelio Velasquez. The leading vote getter among those 12 will receive the "fan's invitation."
Corey Lanerie and Eddie Martin Jr. are currently battling for Lone Star's leading rider position in the Lone Star Championship.
Jockey E. T. Baird had a riding stakes double on Saturday's Arlington Park program aboard In Secure and William Stiritz's Win Won in the $40,000 Your Ladyship Handicap.
Jockey Eddie Razo posted two wins for the day aboard Francisco Parra's Tuxson in the opener and Jerry Gutzweiler's Noon Affair in the eighth race.
Jockey Chris Emigh also posted a riding double Saturday, winning on Robert Dilla's Orphan Cartwright and coming back to the winner's circle with Bruce Stevens' Kitty's Mission.
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