|Arlington Park Barn Notes 8/24/03
In today's notes:
Peter Cappas, Founders Group & Crown's Way Farm's Out of My Way, hero of Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Sprint, came out of his three-length tally in good order and was doing well at trainer Gene Cilio's barn Sunday morning during training hours at Arlington Park.
"He's fine," said Greg Geier, longtime Cilio assistant. "He ran a powerful race yesterday. Everything went perfect for him. The race set up just the way he likes it, and the weather was great: just the way he likes it best."
Saturday's Sprint win was Out of My Way's fourth trip to the winner's circle during the current Arlington season. He finished second by a nose in his previous trip to the post when asked to extend his speed to one mile in the $45,000 Play Fellow Handicap July 27, but had captured the $84,150 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day, June 21, in his second most profitable performance at the meeting.
The 6-year-old Illinois-bred gelding by Jolie's Halo also accounted for the $40,000 Zen Handicap June 1 and an allowance dash on opening day May 9.
In post race winner's circle comments, Cilio said future plans for the Illinois-bred are indefinite at the present time.
Ronnie Lamarque's Bright Valour, who closed with a bold late rush to gain the second spot by a neck in Saturday's seventh running of the Arlington Sprint, was doing "really good" Sunday morning, according to Lara Van Deren, assistant to trainer Louie Roussel III.
"I'm very proud of him," said Van Deren during training hours on Sunday when asked how the 7-year-old came out of Saturday's Sprint. "The old guy has still got it. He just likes to go a touch further, like six and a half furlongs, but he was really rolling at the end."
In his younger years, Bright Valour won the Grade III Hanshin Cup in 2000 and again in 2002. He is a son of 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Wild Again out of the Well Decorated mare Burnished Bright.
Barry T. & Sandra Buchholz's Cashel Castle finished fourth in Saturday's Arlington Sprint after being away from the races for 16 months due to a tendon injury but finished with good courage despite the long layoff.
"This morning he seemed fine," said trainer Chris Block Sunday, "but tendon injuries can be a little tricky. We'll wait a couple of days and do an ultra sound on him and then we'll have a little better idea exactly where we are with him."
Cashel Castle, a grey colt by Silver Ghost, began his career brilliantly as a 2-year-old, winning all three of his starts that season, including a tally in the $100,000 Hoosier Juvenile. The homebred then extended his win streak to five as a 3-year-old before finishing second by two lengths in the Grade III Derby Trial in 2002. That April outing was his last start before Sunday's return in the Sprint.
A White "Horse" Sale -- with all proceeds benefiting the Race Track Chaplaincy of America -- will be held tomorrow (Monday) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Parking Lot E at Arlington Park. The sale will feature greeting cards, clothing, pictures, small appliances, toys and more.
The I.T.H.A. 2003 Election Nomination Meeting will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the I.T.H.A. Trailer at Arlington Park.
Veteran reinsman Eddie Razo, currently second in the local standings, had a riding double Saturday, winning the fourth on Tracy Farmer's Notable Kindness for trainer Tom Amoss and the finale astride Moises R. Yanez's A Star Above for that conditioner.
On Friday, jockey Corey Lanerie, who arrived at Arlington after winning the Lone Star Park title earlier in the summer, recorded two wins. Lanerie won Friday's third with Coast to Coast Racing Fund's You Glitter Girl for trainer Bret Calhoun and the fifth with Ro Parra's Golden Vintage for conditioner Steve Asmussen.
Veteran Illinois jockey Chris Emigh also posted a riding double Friday, winning the sixth with Linda Glander's Fast Baron for trainer Dennis Ebert and the ninth with William Lydon, Nancy & Vince Letto & Emerald Ridge Farm's Sunset Kisses for trainer Christine Janks.
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