|Arlington Park Barn Notes 06/5/03
In today's notes:
Thomas F. Van Meter II & Doug Hendri's Ole Faunty, a game length and a half-winner in his last trip to the post at Churchill Downs May 18, should rule the choice when he heads a field of six in Saturday's $45,000-added Dr. Fager Stakes at Arlington Park.
The race for 3-year-olds and upward at Arlington's one-turn one-mile distance will have a gross value of $46,800 if the field remains intact, with a $28,080 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
In that last start, Ole Faunty made or forced the pace throughout in a mile and a sixteenth test at the Twin Spires oval and drew clear in the last furlong. Before that the 4-year-old gelding had finished third in a mile and an eighth race at Keeneland April 19 after racing wide. Arlington's defending jockey champion Rene Douglas has been named to ride the Kentucky-bred Elliott Walden trainee who carries the top impost of 122 pounds.
Named to oppose Ole Faunty are James E. Helzer's Shah Jehan, 120, trained by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas with Frank Lovato Jr. in the irons; Barbara R. & John E. Smicklas's Zee Oh Six, 120, conditioned by Steve Hobby with Ray Sibille aboard; Jerrold Schwartz's Stormy Impact, 118, Frank Kirby-trained and Chris Emigh-ridden; Richard L. Duchossois' Apt To Be, 120, conditioned by Chris Block with Eddie Razo Jr. up; and Joel Stable's Dulce De Leche, 118, Tom Tomillo-trained with Shane Laviolette listed for the tack.
Stormy Impact and Dulce De Leche, second and third respectively when they met at a mile and a sixteenth at Hawthorne May 2, and Apt To Be, who won by almost four lengths at Arlington last fall, all merit consideration in Arlington's Belmont Stakes Day feature.
The Belmont Stakes will be run at 5:38 p.m. CDT on Saturday and will be slotted as an Illinois "Special Event" on the local program between Arlington's eighth and ninth race.
The Belmont Stakes can be wagered as Special Event #1 on the Arlington Park card or as Race 11 on the Belmont card. The Belmont card begins at 11 a.m. with 13 races and a last post of 6:58 p.m.
Advance wagering on the Belmont Stakes and the Acorn/Belmont Double is also available at all Illinois OTBs at their opening times on Friday. Friday advance wagering will be into the Belmont pools.
Also available through the Belmont common pool is Saturday's NYRA guaranteed $1 million Pick 6 as well as its guaranteed Pick 4 wagers.
Illinois' separate special event pool is available Saturday morning in the Arlington program. Payoffs normally vary between the two pools, and it should be noted that the guaranteed Pick 6 and Pick 4 pools are not made available on the Illinois special event card.
One week after Belmont Stakes Day, the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour," presented by Long John Silver's, returns to CBS on June 14 with the first of four consecutive Saturday programs that will feature races in five Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships divisions.
Also returning to the first three telecasts is the NTRA Summer Pick Three, a national wager that coincides with the three live races shown on those CBS programs.
On June 14 the Grade II Brooklyn Handicap from Belmont Park is to be combined with the Grade III Leonard Richards Stakes from Delaware Park and the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap from Churchill Downs to make up the inaugural telecast.
Arlington Park joins the NTRA Tour in its third week on June 28 when the Grade II Arlington Classic, first leg of the Mid-America Triple, will be combined with Belmont's Grade I Mother Goose and the Grade II Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap from Monmouth Park.
A free Arlington Park T-Shirt will be available to the first 5,000 paid admissions on Father's Day June 15 at the northwest suburban Chicago oval. Family fun entertainment including pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting for the younger family members.
R'n R Breeders' Act of War breezed five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 Thursday morning at Arlington in preparation for the $75,000 Cardinal Handicap on Arlington's June 21 program.
R'n R Breeders II's Roy's Trigger, pointing for the $75,000 Springfield Stakes on that Prairie State Festival Day program, breezed the five-eighths distance in 1:04 1/5 Thursday morning.
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