|Arlington Park Barn Notes 07/31/03
In today's notes:
Asiel Stable's Rathleen, no match for the top two but clearly best of the others in the $86,450 Purple Violet Stakes on Prairie State Festival Day, returns from that creditable June 21 effort to head a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, including an entry, in Saturday's $45,000 Jinxed Handicap at Arlington Park.
The featured event is a six and a half-furlong sprint that is restricted to sophomores of the distaff set that are Illinois registered, conceived and/or foaled and offers a $27,000 share of the purse to the owners of the winning filly.
In the Purple Violet, contested at one mile, Rathleen was unhurried early and launched a belated bid while six-wide to be up for the third position. Team Block's Keeping the Gold, the winner of that race and Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Julie's Prize, the runner-up, have both since gone on to other winning efforts in minor stakes at the meeting.
Rathleen was asked to go eight furlongs for the first time in her career in that Prairie Festival outing. Previously, the daughter of Tour d'Or out of a Chief's Crown mare had won two straight at the six-furlong distance. The Richard Hazelton trainee shares Arlington Park racing secretary and handicapper Frank G. Gabriel Jr.'s top impost of 119 pounds in the Jinxed 'Cap, most of which will be made up by regular rider Carlos Silva.
Also shouldering 119 pounds in the Jinxed 'Cap is Crown's Way Farm's Oggi, a victress in her last two at the mile distance but one who is cutting back to a sprint for the first time in her last four starts. The homebred daughter of Pioneering hasn't won a dash since breaking her maiden on July 10 of last year. Gene Cilio is the trainer and jockey Larry Sterling Jr. is named to handle the reins.
Coupled in the wagering with Oggi is Peter Stamas & Crown's Way Farm's Invader, another Cilio trainee who is also by Pioneering. Invader is coming off a length and a quarter win on June 22 at the mile distance, but was first under the wire in Hawthorne's $100,000 Showtime Deb Stakes at six furlongs last fall on Nov. 9 before being subsequently disqualified. Invader is assigned 117 pounds in the Jinxed and has Curt Bourque listed in the irons.
Sure to provide strong competition for all of these is Jim Edgar's Fighting Fever, who drew off for an impressive six-length tally in her last trip to the post July 2. Conditioned by Tom Dorris, Fighting Fever pressed the pace in that dash, took command entering the lane and increased her margin the rest of the way. The daughter of Fit to Fight, compromised by sloppy going in her previous start, has the riding services of Eddie Razo.
Completing the Jinxed 'Cap field are Richard F. Rudolph & Michael G. Vranich's Cashmere Miss, 116, trained by Spanky Broussard and ridden by Earlie Fires; Jake Sidoti, Charles Thompson & R. D. Irwin Racing Stable's Silver Dollar Girl, 115, conditioned by Irwin with Rene Douglas up; Sidney L. Port Trust's Stop That Dancer, 114, trained by Mickey Goldfine with Chris Emigh aboard; and J. B. Stables Inc.'s What Her Name Is, conditioned by Marco Salazar with Tommy Molina slated for the tack.
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 at an invitation-only charity luncheon to be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 in Arlington Park's Turf Club.
Ms. Bondon-Peltz, a career horsewoman and long time advocate and supporter of women's issues, originally became involved in Thoroughbred racing in 2000 with the formation of Equirace.com - a venture co-founded with husband Ron Peltz. Equirace.com was designed to combine the fun of the Internet with horse ownership, offering partnerships to the average person without unlimited funds.
The following year, as the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, Ms. Bondon-Peltz formed the Estrorace.com Stable as a way to honor women in the industry by bringing increased awareness of that disease. Estrorace.com designates a percentage of all earnings (whether from sales or purses) to regional programs that focus on breast cancer survivors, special needs of women in the industry that are undergoing treatment and recovery, and special events that focus on raising funds for research and development of a cure for breast cancer.
In Illinois, through Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel, founder of Arlington's "Riding for a Cure" program, Estrorace.com designates funds for "Riding for a Cure" and by extension, the American Cancer Society.
Helen "Penny" Chenery, Thoroughbred racing's unofficial First Lady since campaigning Meadow Stable's Secretariat to win the Triple Crown in 1973, will be the honored guest speaker at Arlington's "Women in Racing" Charity Luncheon and present the award named in her honor to Ms. Bondon-Peltz.
Featured speaker at the Arlington luncheon will be Robert C. Witkowski, M.D., F.A.C.S., general and oncologic surgeon at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, Illinois.
WZZN-FM (94.7- The Zone) morning DJ Jill Egan from "The Brooke and Jill Show" and late-morning host host James VanOsdo will be in the park area at Arlington Park Friday from 3:30-7 p.m. during Friday's twilight racing program.
Friday's band at Miller Lite Party in the Park at Arlington Park is the "Marty Sammon Band," a blues band.
Saturday's Corona Summer Party band at Arlington Park is the "The Twenty."
Leading rider Rene Douglas and owner Frank C. Calabrese combined to celebrate two winners Wednesday at Arlington, taking the third race with Court Lite Kenny for trainer Wayne Catalano and the sixth with Orphan Cartwright for conditioner Pat Cuccurullo.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. also posted a riding double, winning the fourth on Wayne Bessler's My Buddy Sid for trainer Dale Bennett, and the seventh with Hernandez Racing Club's Tio Lupe for conditioner Moises Yanez.
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