|Arlington Park Barn Notes 8/23/03
In today's notes:
Results from Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing last week caused major movement in the top 10 horses for two divisions of the World Thoroughbred Rankings.
The World Thoroughbred Rankings, established by an international panel of racing secretaries and handicappers, are used to determine horses' qualifications to participate in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held October 25 this year during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita Park.
Four participants in last week's Grade I Arlington Million are now ranked in the top 10 of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf division based on their performances in the showcase event of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
Three equine members of the distaff set that were contestants in last Saturday's Grade I Beverly D., sister race to the Arlington Million and also part of Arlington's International Festival, are now ranked in the top 10 of the Filly & Mare Turf division based on their performances last week.
Despite the dubious distinction of becoming the first horse ever disqualified in the Arlington Million, Gainsborough Farm LLC's Storming Home, who finished first under the wire in last week's highlight, rose two spots from seventh to a tie for fifth in the John Deere Turf division.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, the adjudged winner of the 2003 Million, remained in second place in the John Deere Turf rankings behind the European-based sophomore Alamshar. That horse captured the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot on July 25, defeating Sulamani while getting a 12-pound advantage in weight.
Mrs. Carde Ostermann-Richter's Paolini and Mrs. Susan McCarthy's Kaieteur, who finished on even terms when third under the wire in the Million before being placed second, moved into the top 10 for the first time as part of a three-way tie for ninth in the rankings of the John Deere Turf division. They share that spot with the Irish-bred Falbrev, hero of the Group I Coral-Eclipse at Sandown July 5.
In the Filly & Mare Turf division of the World Thoroughbred Rankings, Juddmonte Farms' Heat Haze, victress in the 2003 Beverly D., moves into the top 10 for the first time based on her length and a quarter local score, where she is now tied for third place with Robert Geringer, Michael Klein & Marsha Naify et al.'s Dublino, who was fifth in the Beverly D. after changing tactics to press the pace.
John & Kristine Richter's Bien Nicole, who gamely held second in the Beverly D. after making the pace, moved into a tie for 10th position in the Filly & Mare Turf rankings based on that local effort last Saturday.
Last October, the World Thoroughbred Championships were held at Arlington Park when Arlington and the City of Chicago hosted the Breeders' Cup for the first time in its 19-year history.
When Emerald Ridge Farm's & Arbaway Farm's For Gillian goes to the post in Saturday's fourth race at Arlington Park, people in South Africa will be watching and cheetahs all over the world will be the beneficiaries.
For Gillian, a 2-year-old bay daughter of Gold Fever, is named for a cheetah named Gillian who gave birth to 16 cheetah cubs during her lifetime. In the process she contributed to helping save the feline breed from endangerment.
Trained by Christine Janks, who is also the primary owner of Emerald Ridge Farm, For Gillian was bred in Florida and will make her the first start of her career Saturday.
"A portion of For Gillian's earnings during the course of her racing career will be donated to the De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust in South Africa," said Janks.
Ann Van Dyk, founder of the Trust to help save cheetahs from extinction and a large group of chiefly-cheetah-concerned environmentalists on the African continent will be tuned in on the Internet to observe the horse's first outing.
"In South Africa, they are nine hours ahead of us," said Janks, "so the race will go off at about 9 o'clock at night there."
Janks, a long time supporter of all breeds of animals and cheetahs in particular, has visited South Africa.
"Cheetahs are the fastest animals in the world and Gillian helped the entire breed," said Janks. "I thought it was appropriate to name a race horse after a cheetah. They are very hard to breed in captivity but Gillian has two daughters living at the wildlife center. I named the horse 'For Gillian' because I don't like to name any animal with exactly the same name as another. It takes away from their individuality."
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