|Arlington Park Barn Notes 06/13/03
In today's notes:
Rising star Rebecca Maker, the young conditioner who has saddled four winners from 17 starters at the Arlington Park meeting through Thursday, will have an active schedule Sunday when she will be represented by two of her trainees in Midwestern stakes races while staying at Arlington Park to personally saddle her two starters in Chicago.
Most prominent at Arlington will be Dare To Dream LLC's Captain Nicholas, in with a feathery 112 pounds in Sunday's $150,000-added Sea o'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile on the grass.
The Sea o'Erin, which served as the final local prep for the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park last season, has drawn a contentious field again as Arlington's Father's Day feature attraction. Miesque's Approval, a Live Oak Plantation color bearer conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, is coming off runner-up finishes in back-to-back graded stakes to head the field.
Captain Nicholas, who will be making his first foray into stakes competition while becoming the first stakes starter for the fledgling Dare to Dream Stable, is coming off a third-place finish in a nine-furlong allowance race on the grass at Churchill Downs May 24.
"It's a tough spot," said Maker outside her Arlington Park headquarters at Barn 20 Friday morning, "but he was only beaten a neck in that last start and he stumbled at the start. In his race before that at Churchill (April 26) he beat some nice horses."
The two outings at the Twin Spires oval this spring were the first two for Captain Nicholas under the tutelage of Maker.
"I liked him this winter at the Fair Grounds." said Maker. "I recommended to the owners that he might be well worthy buying privately, and we did that before we went to Keeneland this spring. He has gone to the front in both his races since I've had him, but we're not committed to the front end. I think he can come from off the pace if he has to."
Maker will also be active in the first race Sunday, when she saddles Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Peltz's Lady's Room in a maiden filly sprint at five furlongs. That Unreal Zeal filly will be making the second start of her career after crossing under the wire third before being disqualified for lugging in May 15 at Arlington. Lady's Room also bled in that race.
"She ran green that day," said Maker of Lady's Room, who was placed sixth by the stewards, "but she needed the race and the experience. She'll be on Lasix this time. She's a really nice filly and I like her a lot, and I like the fact that she's going five furlongs this time instead of four and a half."
Maker will also have Ted Taylor's Dancing With Me starting in a stakes race Sunday when the heroine of Arlington's $40,000 Reluctant Guest Handicap May 24 goes to the post in the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup in Minnesota.
"I think she looks good in there," said Maker Friday on a day when triskaidekaphobia could threaten. The fact that Dancing With Me drew in from the 13-post position in the Reluctant Guest but was able to get up by a neck for a $67.20 straight payoff might be a source of encouragement to those affected.
Amy Peltz, owner of Lady's Room, is the founder of Estrorace.com, a women-managed, women partners Thoroughbred racing ownership idea which supports regional programs that focus on breast cancer survivors as well as the special needs of women in the industry that are undergoing treatment and recovery from the disease.
Estrorace.com will consider potential Thoroughbred ownership partnerships with people who are excited and motivated by Estrorace's charitable causes and are willing to pledge a percentage of their earnings to those causes.
Richard F. Rudolph is a Thoroughbred owner who has shown his support for cancer research by contributing a percentage of his earnings to Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel's 2003 "Riding for a Cure" program.
"Riding for a Cure," which will have its second renewal Sept. 22, made its debut last year and raised more than $31,000 for cancer research when more than 130 people associated with Arlington Park rode 20 miles on horseback and more than 200 attended the dinner dance following the ride.
Rudolph owns Castlewood, a 6-year-old gelding who has won twice at the meeting, San Pedro, a 5-year-old horse who has posted a second and a third in two local starts, and Cashmere Miss, a 3-year-old filly who has a second place finish at Arlington this year.
Rudolph, a native of Maryland Heights, Missouri, has already sent a check to Gabriel based on a percentage of those horses' Arlington earnings this year for the upcoming "Riding for a Cure."
Congratulations are in order for Bart Collins, a marketing intern at Arlington, believed to be the first intern to be an "ASPIRE Star" winner at Arlington. Collins developed a program that significantly reduces the time it takes to produce Arlington's daily TV program.
Christine Janks had a training double Thursday at Arlington, saddling Zaloudek, Henderson & Emerald Ridge Farm's Demon Jazz, with Jesse Campbell aboard, to win the first race of the day. She returned to the winner's circle with Ken Meeker & Emerald Ridge Farm's Fifteen Rounds, with Marlon St. Julien up, after the eighth race on the program.
St. Julien had a riding double Thursday, winning the fifth with Merrit Hudson's Bluffer for trainer Kim Hammond before returning to victory after the Fifteen Rounds score.
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