|Arlington Park Barn Notes 06/19/03
In today's notes:
Based on a courageous neck tally in a one-mile allowance race at Arlington Park May 25, Louie J. Roussel III's Bluesnclues was made a late nomination to the Grade II Arlington Classic here June 28. However, a projected intermediate step in another allowance race failed to fill, and now Bluesnclues is unlikely to start in the first leg of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple.
"I think we'll shoot for another allowance race for him," said Lara Van Deren, in charge of the day-to-day operations of the Roussel barn at Arlington, "so the Arlington Classic is unlikely at this point."
Bluesnclues, regally bred for turf as a son of Red Ransom out of a Gone West mare, made the first start of his career on the main track a year ago at Belmont and finished fifth. Put back in a race on grass one month later, Bluesnclues broke his maiden with a neck tally.
The Kentucky homebred was then sidelined until his May 25 outing locally, when he won for the second time but first time on the main track, and might have been ideally positioned for a start in the Classic if he had been able to get the experience of another grass outing prior to the Arlington's Grade II mile and an eighth turf test.
Van Deren also confirmed that In Secure, the undefeated filly he owns in partnership with Ronnie Lamarque, is likely to make her next trip to the post in the Grade I Prioress at Belmont Park on July 4. In Secure most recently won the $75,000 Real Delight Stakes at Arlington May 31.
"Yes, that's what it looks like," said Van Deren about that prospective New York start at the three-quarter mile distance. "It's hard to find a race for straight 3-year-old fillies going short and that one fits what we're looking for."
Unfortunately, In Secure's trip to the Big Apple might also cost Ronnie Lamarque's Bright Valour, trained by Roussel, a chance to regain his championship in the Grade III Hanshin Cup June 29 here.
"I'd rather stay here and run Bright Valour in the Hanshin," said Van Deren, "because he's already won the race once (and also the previous year on a disqualification). Also, he really likes this track, but there's a race for him in New York (Grade II Tom Fool Handicap) on that same day as the Prioress, and it makes a lot of sense to ship both of them if we're going."
Asked if she were accompanying In Secure and Bright Valour on their New York journey, Van Deren said, "Probably not. I'll stay here with the rest of the barn and I would think Louie will be with those two at Belmont."
A successful raffle for a Freedom Scooter at $2 a ticket was held at Arlington Park last Sunday during the local oval's Father's Day program, raising approximately $1,300 for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund to assist injured and disabled riders.
The next fundraising events for the Don MacBeth Fund are scheduled on back-to-back days during the upcoming America's Birthday holiday weekend at Arlington.
On Friday, the Fourth of July, two new bikes (one boy's, one girl's) donated by Wal-Mart will be raffled off at $1 a ticket. Also on sale for $1 that night, during Arlington Park's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular presented by LaSalle Bank, will be "glow-in-the-dark" necklaces for the kids. The proceeds of all sales will be donated to the Don MacBeth Fund.
Saturday, July 5, will be "Jockeys Across America Day," and at Arlington Park, the Jockey's Dunk Tank will be on hand once again. On sale for $1: three balls (or three chances) to sink a jockey into the dunk tank with a well aimed throw.
Also on sale that day will be tickets for chances to win a 2004 Sebring Convertible (sponsored by Frank Mancari) at $10 a ticket. Second prize in that drawing, to be held July 20 during the annual Dinner Dance, will be two tickets to the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
The annual Dinner Dance will be held July 20 (6:30 p.m.-12 a.m.) at North Beach in Roselle. The Dinner Dance has a Luau theme. Tickets are $65 per person ($75 at the door), and include the buffet and open bar with unlimited beer, wine and soda and also include one ticket for the car raffle.
Family Day at Arlington Park this Sunday will have a Mardi Gras theme, and you don't even have to bring your own beads. Children's arts and crafts activities will include making colorful hats and beads to be worn in special Mardi Gras parades in the Park area.
The Junior Jockey Club will have its Blacksmith Day and one of Arlington's blacksmiths will be shoeing horses. The first 300 JJC members on hand will receive a free horseshoe.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. had a riding double Wednesday, winning the third with Jeffrey Sullivan & Ernie Poulos Racing Stable Inc.'s Paul's Dream for trainer Dee Poulos, and the fifth with Sy Baskin's Golden Trevally for the red-hot conditioner Christine Janks.
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