|Arlington Park Barn Notes 07/26/03
In today's notes:
Peter Cappas, Founders Group & Crown's Way Farm's Out of My Way, who has gone straight to the winner's circle in his last three starts, should rule the choice when he heads a field of eight in Sunday's $45,000 Play Fellow Handicap, a one-mile test restricted to 3-year-olds and upward that are Illinois registered, conceived and/or foaled.
In his last trip to the post on Prairie State Festival Day, June 21, Out of My Way came from off the pace in the $84,150 White Oak Handicap, took command inside the furlong grounds and drew off for a three and a half-length win. Although that race was at six furlongs, the nature of the victory indicated that Sunday's extra distance is not a concern.
Before Out of My Way's White Oak tally, the 6-year-old Jolie's Halo gelding had captured the $40,000 Zen Handicap at Arlington June 1 but pressed the pace in that seven-furlong affair.
Veteran Arlington conditioner Gene Cilio trains the Illinois-bred, who is out of a Mari's Book mare and is assigned 120 pounds Sunday including jockey Curt Bourque.
Capable of providing strong competition for Out of My Way is Irish Acres Farm's Colorful Tour, a multiple stakes winner at Oaklawn earlier this year. The Tour d'Or colt must shoulder the top impost of 122 pounds Sunday but has the riding services of Randy Meier, known for his ability with front-runners.
Trained by Noel Hickey, Colorful Tour won the Grade III Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn in wire-to-wire fashion March 16 after posing in the winner's circle Feb. 22 at the central Arkansas oval following the Grade III Essex Handicap. Most recently, however, the homebred finished fifth in the Grade III Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap July 12 at Prairie Meadows following a sixth-place finish in the $86,150 Cardinal Handicap here on Prairie State Festival Day.
Named to oppose those two in the Play Fellow are Richard F. Rudolph's San Pedro, 119, Earlie Fires up; Steve Sawatske's Ivan Jay Perry, 118, Chris Emigh; Rick Lindsay's Saquache, 117, Eddie Razo; Hurt, Hoppe & Milchoefer's Big Daddy Longlegs, 116, Larry Sterling Jr.; Frank C. Calabrese's Happiness, 115, Rene Douglas; and Charles J. Sigrist & Moises R. Yanez's Chasmo, 114, Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Arlington Park's inaugural "Women in Racing Charity Luncheon" -- an invitation-only affair that also includes a fashion show with proceeds to benefit Arlington's "Riding for a Cure" and the American Cancer Society -- will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 in the Turf Club at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval.
Amy Bondon-Peltz, a Thoroughbred horse owner who founded Estrorace.com Stable in 2001, will be honored as the winner of the inaugural Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award as the outstanding woman in racing this year.
Penny Chenery, known as Thoroughbred Racing's First Lady since she campaigned Meadow Stable's Secretariat to win the Triple Crown in 1973, will be on hand at Arlington for the Luncheon and present the award named in her honor to Ms. Bondon-Peltz.
Co-hosting Arlington's Women in Racing Luncheon will be Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel, founder of Arlington's "Riding for a Cure" program, and Caton Bredar, primary television analyst for the TVG racing network.
As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor and friend to many who were not so lucky, Ms. Bondon-Peltz underwent her own lumpectomy a year ago, well after the formation of her own stable, which sets aside a portion of its earnings for various charitable organizations.
The upcoming Luncheon invitations will be extended to women in racing, including owners, trainers, assistant trainers and jockeys and other women involved in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry. Tickets cost $75 for the gala event, with the fashion show presented by The Satin Filly of Barrington, Illinois.
Also slated as a guest speaker at the Luncheon will be Dr. Robert C. Witkowski, M.D., F.A.C.S., a general oncologic surgeon at Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington.
Arlington's second annual "Riding for a Cure" program, with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for Sept. 22 this year.
Leading rider Rene Douglas, who followed his seven-wins-from-nine-mounts Thursday with a three-win afternoon Friday, was the first of four guests on Saturday's "Breakfast At Arlington" program, and attributed his recent success to studying the Daily Racing Form past performances and a competitive nature that allows him to focus on each race.
Other appetizers offered to the largest breakfast crowd of the current Arlington season included insights from Irish-born jockey Mick Doyle involving the different rules enforced concerning use of the whip in Ireland as opposed to the United States, the revelation from trainer Ken McPeek that 2000 Top Flight winner She's a Devil Due is now in foal to Seattle Slew, and the statement that Friday's Race Track Chaplaincy Car Wash earned more than $700 for Arlington backstretch programs to help support backstretch children.
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