|Arlington Park Barn Notes 08/2/03
In today's notes:
Tom Fedro, Darrell & Sadie Brommer's Keeping the Gold breezed five furlongs in one minute flat Saturday morning in a probable preparatory move for a start in the Grade III Singapore Plate, Arlington's main event for 3-year-old fillies that will be contested Aug. 9.
"The plan was to let her go along on her own early and then let her pick it a little bit the last part of it," said trainer Chris Block shortly after Keeping the Gold's move. "Basically, we just wanted to keep a little air in her. Now I'll see how she comes out of this, talk it over with the owners and then decide if we want to put her in the Singapore Plate."
Keeping the Gold, an Illinois-bred, first brought attention to herself this summer at Arlington by winning the $84,450 Purple Violet Stakes on Prairie State Festival Day June 21. Following that score, Block placed the daughter of Langfuhr in open company in the $52,400 Top Corsage Stakes here July 19, and she answered the challenge once again, gamely wearing down a favored rival in the late stages for a head victory.
Following that Top Corsage win in her last start, Block noted in post race comments that Keeping the Gold was developing a little bit of an attitude, and was asked about that following Saturday's morning move.
"It's not that she's overly aggressive or anything like that," Block said. "She does her job with a smile on her face, but around the barn you can see her developing an attitude around other horses. When another horse walks by her stall, she's liable to grab a hay bag and tear into it a little bit. It just means she's happy when she's doing as well as she is right now.
"I'm still not sure about the mile and an eighth (Singapore Plate distance)," said Block. "It is a question that's still hanging over our heads, but there's only one way to find out. I will say that she's very ratable, and that should help our chances.
"I'll wait until about Tuesday and see who else they are expecting in the race before I make a final decision about the Singapore Plate, but right now I'd say there is a real good chance that we'll go in there."
Veteran reinsman Corey Lanerie, fresh off his latest leading rider title at Lone Star Park, has now visited the Arlington Park winner's circle for two straight days during his first week of riding in Chicago this season.
Lanerie, 29, came from off the pace aboard W. Roland Hancock & Jessie R. Walker's Funny Mood to win by three-quarters of a length in Friday's fifth race for trainer Steve Asmussen. One day earlier, he made the pace in Thursday's fifth astride Coast to Coast Racing Fund LLC's You Glitter Girl for a two and a quarter-length tally for conditioner Bret Calhoun.
A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Lanerie took some time off after garnering his latest Lone Star title after that Texas oval closed in mid-July, and brought his tack to Arlington at the beginning of the current racing week.
"I was behind the whole meet at Lone Star," said Lanerie, when congratulated on his most recent Grand Prairie championship, "and was still in second place going into the last week of the season. Then I got to the front in the last days of the meet, and held on the final day to win the title by one winner."
Lanerie, who generally interjects himself into the Arlington standings despite his limited Chicago season, will change his schedule somewhat after Arlington closes on Sept. 27 this year.
"I'm going to ride first call for Steve (Asmussen) at Keeneland," Lanerie said. "Then we'll go on to Churchill and eventually on to New Orleans this winter."
Two chances to drive new Jaguars for one month will be offered as prizes in a new fundraiser designed for Arlington's "Riding for a Cure" program.
Tickets for a chance to win the one-month free leases on the new Jaguars will go on sale beginning Sunday on the west side of the Arlington Park paddock.
Tony "D." D'Agostaro, owner of A. C. Imports in Palatine, Illinois, has donated the free one-month leases of the new Jaguars, which will be on display in the Arlington Park paddock for the first time Sunday. Tickets for the chance to win the two one-month leases will be on sale for $25 near the display. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Arlington's "Riding for a Cure" program for the benefit of cancer research.
Future sale dates for the chance to drive the Jaguars for a month are Aug. 17 and 23, with the drawing for the winner (and one last day of ticket sales) held Aug. 24.
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