|Arlington Park Barn Notes 8/29/03
In today's notes:
Among those slated to go up against Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, the heavily favored highweight in Monday's Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap, is Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Summer Mis, heroine of the $84,550 Isaac Murphy Stakes on Prairie State Festival Day June 21 and the $45,000 Unique Type Handicap on Million Preview Day July 26.
However, those two winning efforts were in Illinois-bred restricted company, and the last time Summer Mis faced graded competition, she finished fourth in the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap June 14.
"Obviously, we know what we're up against," said trainer Tony Mitchell of Summer Mis's upcoming assignment, "but we're hoping for a small field and a finish in the top three. Her dam Julie Mis was stakes placed, and if we can get a stakes placing for one of her offspring it would help Mr. Otto's whole breeding program. It would make it that much more valuable.
"I'm also pointing Julie's Prize for the (Grade III) Pucker Up on the grass Sept. 23," said Mitchell, speaking of Summer Mis's younger half-sister out of Julie Mis. "She hasn't run in a turf race yet, but I gave her a first 'look around' breeze (four furlongs in :53 3/5 Aug. 20 with "dogs" up). She's taken to the turf just fine, although I can't honestly say it moves her up.
"I gave Julie's Prize a more serious turf work the other day (five furlongs in 1:02 Aug. 27 with the "dogs" up)," Mitchell said. "Mickey Doyle was up and I wanted to see how she handled the turns on the turf, and Mickey followed my instructions to the tee. I'm quietly confident she'll do quite well."
Julie's Prize is by the good grass sire El Prado, while her older half sister Summer Mis is by 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall.
Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, adjudged winner of the Grade I Arlington Million two weeks ago, will make his next start in the Grade I Turf Classic Invitational Stakes Sept. 27 at Belmont Park, according to Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin.
Sulamani, who finished second in the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp last fall while still a sophomore racing against his elders, will bypass this year's running of that French classic Oct. 5 in favor of the New York race. The son of Hernando will then be pointed for the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita Oct. 25, Crisford has indicated.
Sulamani won the Group I Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) last year and annexed the Grade I Dubai Sheema Classic in March of this season, but was making his first start in the United States in the Arlington Million after crossing the Atlantic on a private equine air charter Aug. 10. The Irish-bred has six wins from 10 starts in two seasons and has earned $3,127,245.
Mrs. Susan McCarthy's Kaieteur, who eventually finished in a dead-heat for second in the Grade I Arlington Million, fourth leg of the 2003 World Series of Racing Championship, will now be pointed for the fifth leg: the Group I Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Sept. 6.
Kaieteur, a son of 1997 Arlington Million winner Marlin, returned to Europe Aug. 19, unscathed despite his dangerously troubled trip in his Chicago outing. The Kentucky-bred could face a host of accomplished rivals in that upcoming race on The Emerald Isle.
Possible opponents include the Irish-bred High Chaparral, winner of the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf last year at Arlington Park; Godolphin's Moon Ballad, winner of the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 29; and Irish-bred Falbrav, winner of the Group I Coral-Eclipse at Sandown July 5.
Others likely are Kentucky-bred Nayef, winner of the Group I Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot June 18 and hero of the Irish Champion two years ago; as well as the Irish-bred sophomore Alamshar, winner of the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot July 26 as the third leg of the 2003 World Series and the Irish Derby before that.
Saturday's running of the Grade I Hopeful Stakes from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, kicks off the 2003 Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge, a series of races for 2-year-old colts and geldings to be televised on CNBC. The series leads up to the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile, part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be run at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.
The Hopeful will air as part of a one-hour program beginning at 3 p.m. (Central Time.)
Also on Saturday, at Calder Race Course and available as a full-card simulcast at Arlington Park will be Calder's "Baby Day." The special race card, made up entirely of races for 2-year-olds, will feature a special Pick 3 wager linking the outcomes of three 2-year-old stakes scheduled for Saturday.
The TRF 2-year-old Stakes Pick 3 will include one of Calder's Florida Stallion Stakes races, the Bassinet Stakes from River Downs and the Grade I Hopeful from Saratoga. All tracks have agreed to donate their respective commissions on the Pick 3 wager to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, with the "babies racing in support of their retired elders.
Leading Arlington Park owner Frank C. Calabrese and leading Arlington Park trainer Wayne Catalano shared two wins for the second straight racing day Thursday when Catalano saddled Ziada to win the second race and Golden Glacken to capture the eighth. Jockey Corey Lanerie was aboard both Ziada and Golden Glacken for a riding double.
Trainer Christine Janks saddled a training double Thursday to move into a tie for second place with Gene Cilio and Chris Block in the Arlington Park standings. Janks' winning pair came with Emerald Ridge Farm's General Jay in the third with Curt Bourque astride, and Espinoza, Letto & Emerald Ridge Farm's Miss Sweet Time in the fifth with Chris Emigh up.
Congratulations to Francis Micor (IT Department) on the birth of his new baby girl, Jenna MaKayla Micor. Jenna was born Aug. 28 at 4:30 a.m. weighing 7 lbs., 1 oz. Mother and Baby are doing fine.
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