|Arlington Park Barn Notes 07/5/03
In today's notes:
Trainer Terrel Gore, a fixture on the Illinois Thoroughbred circuit for the last two decades, expanded his sports horizons if not his geographical ones by serving as a caddie at the 100th Western Open presented by Golf Digest earlier this week.
Gore, 54, born in Lockesburg, Arkansas, but now an Illinois resident, caddied for friend and professional golfer Marty Schiene at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, Thursday and Friday. The Western Open is scheduled to run through Sunday, but Gore's duties ended when Schiene failed to make the cut for Saturday's third round.
"When Marty qualified to play, I asked him and then I begged him to let me caddy for him," said Gore Saturday morning after training hours at Arlington Park. "However, after doing it for two days, I have a new appreciation for the job of a caddie. It was a tough go. Those guys earn their money.
"It was a lot of fun," said Gore. "It gave me a chance to be close to the best players in the world. It was neat, but I wouldn't be real excited about doing it again."
Gore, an avid golfer in addition to his training career, maintains a stable of 18 horses. He saddled a second-place finisher last week at Arlington and a handful of winners at Hawthorne earlier this spring. He started in Thoroughbred racing as an owner, but couldn't stay away from the barn and gravitated into training. Now, he breeds horses at his farm down near Kankakee.
Gore has known Schiene for about 17 years, but when asked about his favorite golfer, he quickly named Glen Day, another member of the Tour.
"Not many people know this," Gore said, "but that horse I train named G All Day is named after Glen Day. The 'G' is for Glen, but when he started on the Tour, his nickname was 'All' because he started so slow they called him Glen 'All' Day."
Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Smoke Chaser, winner of Hawthorne's $40,000 Kissapotamus Stakes in her last trip to the post March 22, may be a tepid choice in the wagering when she faces nine rivals in Sunday's $40,000 Meafara Handicap at Arlington Park.
The sprint for fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward, contested at six and a half furlongs, serves as the featured event on the concluding race day of Arlington's America's Birthday Weekend.
In the Kissapotamus, contested at six furlongs, Smoke Chaser came from just off the early pace to tally by three lengths when making her first start for trainer Rey Aguirre. Earlier in the year, the 4-year-old daughter of Smoke Glacken won Tampa's $50,000 Minaret Stakes, also at three-quarters of a mile. The Kentucky-bred filly will shoulder the starting high weight of 119 pounds in the Meafara, most of which will be made up by jockey Tommy Molina.
Sure to provide strong competition for Smoke Chaser is Cherrywood Racing Stable II's Pass the Pepper, another 4-year-old filly, who won her last start May 16 at Arlington Park by five lengths after pressing the early pace. E. T. Baird is named to ride the Michele Boyce trainee.
WinStar Farm LLC's Victory At Sea, a half-length winner of her last start June 20 at Arlington and also a strong Meafara contestant, is trained by Elliott Walden and has defending jockey champion Rene Douglas listed in the saddle.
Pass the Pepper and Victory At Sea were both assigned 116 pounds for the Meafara by Arlington Park racing secretary and handicapper Frank G. Gabriel Jr.
Bluestem Farm Inc.'s Oglala Sue, third in the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap June 14 but victress in Arlington's $100,000 Safely Kept Handicap last fall here on Breeders' Cup Day, is trained by Hugh Robertson and will be ridden by Chris Emigh, and is also assigned 116 pounds.
Sy Sommer & Jack Korngold's Double Audit, undefeated in two career trips to the post, cannot be discounted. The Christine Janks trainee gets in the Meafara with 113 pounds and will be ridden by Marlon St. Julien.
Completing the Meafara lineup are Roger W. Clark's Endless Honour, 115, Carlos H. Marquez Jr. up; W. & S. Dobozi Partnership's Abba Gold, 115, Frank Lovato Jr.; My Jo Lee Stable II's Soul Onarazorsedge, 116, Eusebio Razo Jr.; Rosendo G. Parra's Cielo Girl, 117, Shane Laviolette; and Jack W. McNulty's Bold Bluff, 116, Curt Bourque.
Jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. has been named Arlington Park's Jockey of the Month for June, while conditioner Gene Cilio has been awarded June's Trainer of the Month honors, and Louisiana-born horseman Louie J. Roussel III has been named Arlington's Owner of the Month.
In June, Razo rode 19 winners from 78 mounts, including two riding triples and two doubles. Included in those totals were four stakes scores. Razo was in third position in the Arlington jockey standings through Friday, July 4.
Cilio, second in the trainer standings through America's Birthday, saddled eight winners from 32 starters in June. Included in those totals were three two-win days and three stakes scores.
Roussel's silks were represented in the winner's circle five times in June from 10 starters, and included a stakes score.
Stevestan Stables's Shot Gun Favorite, a winner of her last trip to the post at one mile on the grass here June 14, should rule the choice when she heads a field of nine 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's $45,000-added Double Delta Stakes at one mile over Arlington Park's turf course.
Jockey Curt Bourque will ride the Kenneth McPeek trainee, who came from off the pace to tally by three-quarters in that June 14 outing.
Opposing Shot Gun Favorite are Richard Sturgill's U K Trick, Turf Express Inc's Beeville, Morton Fink's Bakewell Tart, Barr H. Inman's Begin the Beguine, Jerry Frankel's Cat's Cat, Buckram Oak Farm's Bayani, William M. Logue's Combat Soldier and Willmott Stable's Aud.
Arlington Park bugler Bonny Brown will take her trumpet to the Van Kampen Stage at the "Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival" in Lisle, Illinois, on Saturday night. She will appear as a member of the band Big Fun who will take the stage at 6 p.m. as the opening act for The Supremes starring Mary Wilson.
Illinois Horse of the Year Mystery Giver, owned by Team Block and trained by Chris Block, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 4/5 Saturday at Arlington with Carlos H. Marquez Jr. aboard.
Arlington Park's defending jockey champion Rene Douglas had a riding double Friday, one day after his four-win afternoon at the local oval. Douglas's Friday double came in the third race with Frank C. Calabrese's Getaway Holme for trainer Wayne Catalano and in the $45,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes astride Mrs. & Martin J. Wygod's Delmonico Cat for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
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