|Arlington Park Barn Notes 8/16/03
In today's notes:
Three years ago, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey put his personal stamp on the International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park when he became the first jockey in history to win the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. in the same year.
Now that Bailey has raised that bar, the ultimate afternoon for a jockey during the International Festival would be to sweep the Million, the Beverly D. and the Secretariat Stakes later Saturday afternoon. The Secretariat is the final leg of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple for internationally prominent 3-year-olds that favor the grass course.
Two jockeys are in a position to accomplish that sweep, and one of them is Arlington's own Rene Douglas, the Panamanian-born reinsman who is far in front in defense of the Arlington jockey championship he has won for the last two seasons. Douglas rides Mrs. Susan McCarthy's European-based Kaieteur in the Arlington Million, Arthur B. Hancock III's Owsley in the Beverly D. and J. J. Pletcher & Barry Simon's Lismore Knight in the Secretariat.
The latter two horses are both locally familiar to Chicago Thoroughbred racing fans. Owsley captured the Grade III Modesty Handicap, final local prep for the Beverly D. run July 26 with Douglas up, and Lismore Knight took down winning honors in the Grade II Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve, on June 28. The Classic is the first leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.
Also with mounts in all three of Arlington's Grade I races Saturday is the Louisiana-born but California-based Kent Desormeaux, who has the Arlington Million assignment aboard the European invader Olden Times, owned by H R H Prince A A Faisal. Desormeaux is astride Dublino, owned by Robert Geringer, Michael Klein & Marsha Naify et al., in the Beverly D. and Naify, Sugarman & Vistas LLC's Just Wonder in the Secretariat. Desormeaux won last year's Secretariat Stakes on Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Chiselling.
Jockey Gary Stevens, most recently in the news as an actor playing the part of George Woolf in the current film "Seabiscuit," has a chance for further publicity Saturday as the first jockey to win the Grade I Arlington Million three times.
The Idaho-born jockey rides Gainsborough Farm LLC's Storming Home in the 21st running of the Arlington Million.
Stevens, who was inducted to the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga in 1997, 42 years after Woolf, won the 1990 Arlington Million aboard Wayne Gretzky & Summa Stable's Golden Pheasant and posed in the Million winner's circle again aboard Michael Tabor's Marlin in 1997.
Incidentally, Marlin could become the first Arlington Million winner to sire an Arlington Million winner should Mrs. Susan McCarthy's Kaieteur capture Saturday's renewal. Kaieteur, although considered a European invader for this event, was bred in Kentucky.
No jockey has ever won the Arlington Million-Secretariat double in the same season, but in addition to Rene Douglas and Kent Desormeaux, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens as well as veteran reinsman David Flores could accomplish that feat.
Stevens rides Gainsborough Farm LLC's Storming Home in the Arlington Million and Stephen Taub & Neil Papiano & Noctis Stable's Californian in the Secretariat Stakes.
Flores has the mount on Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani in the Arlington Million and is aboard Christopher Ransom's Joe Bear in the Secretariat.
No jockey has ever won the Beverly D.-Secretariat double in the same year, but in addition to Rene Douglas and Kent Desormeaux, Irish champion jockey Patrick Smullen could accomplish that feat.
Smullen rides Moyglare Stud Farm's Dress To Thrill in the Beverly D. and that same Irish stable's Evolving Tactics in the Secretariat. Evolving Tactics won the second leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple, the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, on July 20. The colt then returned to The Emerald Isle, but made a third Atlantic crossing for Saturday's Secretariat, final leg of the Triple.
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