|Arlington Park Barn Notes 8/17/03
In today's notes:
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, adjudged winner of Arlington Million XXI on Saturday, came out of Arlington's Grade I centerpiece in good order and was doing very well Sunday morning, according to Tony Howarth, head traveling lad for Godolphin.
"He cooled out well, ate up all his feed and is in good spirits today," said Howarth. "We walked him this morning and he has looked very well all morning."
Sulamani will remain at Arlington Park Sunday and Monday and leave for New York Tuesday. Although plans are still uncertain, the 5-year-old son of Machiavellian is being considered as a possible candidate for the Grade I Man o'War at Belmont Park Sept. 6.
The internationally prominent Godolphin operation, in existence barely a decade, scored its 100th group or grade I victory in Saturday's Arlington Million.
"The horse ran very well," said Howarth. "It was an unfortunate way to win (the 100th top-ranked race), but you have to take the good with the bad. We've finished second six or seven times in races at that level recently (including with Dubai Destination in France at Deauville in the Group I Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard-Jacques Le Marois about an hour earlier Sunday morning Chicago time). You always hope that by the end of the year, the good luck evens out with the bad."
Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor left Chicago shortly after the Arlington Million in order to be at Deauville in time for the French race.
Heading the other Arlington Million updates Sunday morning was a positive report concerning Gainsborough Farm LLC's Storming Home, first horse under the wire in Saturday's Arlington Million before being disqualified and placed fourth.
"(Storming Home) is doing good today," said groom Manuel Flores, deputizing for Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale, who left Chicago less than two hours after Saturday's race. "He's fine. What happened yesterday was bad luck, but that's racing. We leave (for California) tomorrow morning at 7:30."
Mrs. Susan McCarthy's Kaieteur, who finished in a dead-heat for third position before being moved up to the second spot in Saturday's Arlington Million, was in excellent spirits Sunday morning at Arlington.
"When he came back from the race yesterday, he wasn't even blowing," said Richard Galpin, president of Newmarket International (Thoroughbred consultants) who accompanied the owner and her husband to Kaieteur's stall Sunday morning. "He's feeling very well today."
Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter's Paolini, who finished on even terms with Kaieteur Saturday and was also moved up to runner-up honors, also was feeling very well, according to groom and exercise rider Bianca Sieling.
"He's a very happy horse today," said Seiling. "You can't even tell he ran in a race yesterday. He's doing great. He came out okay."
Kaieteur, a son of 1997 Arlington Million winner Marlin, and Paolini, who finished sixth in last year's Million after a troubled trip, are both scheduled to return to their European bases on a transatlantic flight Monday.
Charles E. Fipke's Perfect Soul, who finished fifth in Saturday's Arlington Million, left Arlington Park by van at 5:09 Sunday morning.
Sixth place-finisher The Tin Man, owned by Ralph E. & Aury Todd, was doing well Sunday morning, according to groom Crystal Brown, and will leave on a return flight to California Monday.
Seventh place-finisher Vangelis, owned by 6 C Racing Ltd., was doing well Sunday morning, according to groom Paul Sautet, and will leave Chicago later in the day.
Honor in War, owned by 3rd Turn Stables LLC, who was ninth in Saturday's showcase, came out of the race without problems and was doing well Sunday, said trainer Paul McGee.
SNC Ecurie Jean-Louis Bouchard's Tripat, 10th in Arlington Million XXI, was in good order Sunday morning, according to groom Cristophe Ferland, and will leave on a return trip to Europe later in the day.
Gary A. Tanaka's Touch of Land, 11th in the Million, was also doing well Sunday and will leave Arlington later in the day for his return to France, according to groom Bernard Mion.
Erik Penser's Beauchamp Pilot, 12th in Saturday's test, was doing fine Sunday and will leave Arlington for the return trip to Europe later Sunday, said assistant trainer Robert Hamilton.
H R H Prince A A Faisal's Olden Times, 13th in the Million, was also in good order Sunday and will leave Chicago later in the day on the European equine charter, according to groom Claire Irbon.
Juddmonte Farms' Heat Haze, victress in the 14th running of the Grade I Beverly D. on Saturday, was standing quietly in her stall and appeared in fine fettle when visited in Barn 9 Sunday morning.
Robert Geringer, Michael Klien & Marsha Naify et al.'s Dublino, fifth in the Beverly D. as the second choice in the wagering, was doing well Sunday morning, according to groom Robert Morales, and will leave on her return trip to California Monday.
Brushwood Stables' Kicken Kris, three and a half-length victor in Saturday's Grade I Secretariat Stakes, final leg of Arlington Park's Mid-America Triple, was doing "excellent" Sunday morning, according to trainer Michael Matz.
"He's feeling great," said Matz, when visited in the Arlington Park barn area on Sunday. "He ran an excellent race and came out of it just fine."
J. J. Pletcher & Barry Simon's Lismore Knight, winner of the Grade II Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve, first leg of the Mid-America Triple, was third in Saturday's Secretariat Stakes and came out of the race without problems, according to Pam Fitzgerald, overseer of Al Stall Jr.'s barn at Arlington where Lismore Knight was stabled locally.
Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd.'s Evolving Tactics, winner of the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, second leg of the Chicago Triple, was sixth in the Secretariat and came out of the race in good order, according to exercise rider Jeff Byrne. Evolving Tactics will return to Ireland later today.
Sondra D. Bender's Foufa's Warrior, fifth in the Secretariat, left Arlington Park by van at 4:47 Sunday morning.
Gary A. Tanaka's King's Drama, ninth in the Secretariat, came out of the race in good order and will return to Europe later in the day, according to groom Jean Laugere.
Naify, Sugarman & Vistas LLC's Just Wonder, 10th in the Secretariat, was doing well Sunday morning, according to groom Robert Morales.
Everest Stable Inc.'s Gato Gato Gato, 11th in Saturday's Secretariat, left Arlington Park by van at 8:04 p.m. later that evening.
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