|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/4/03
In today's notes:
Nine 2-year-old fillies, including one minor stakes winner, have been named to go to the post in Friday's $45,000-added Top Flight Stakes, a seven-furlong affair that will serve as a significant local prep for the 69th running of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie Sept. 27.
The Lassie, Arlington Park's traditional highlight for juveniles of the distaff set, is run at one mile and will be contested on the closing day of the 2003 season at the Northwest suburban Chicago oval.
The extended sprint distance of the Top Flight, run 22 days prior to the Lassie, allows horsemen the chance to identify those youngsters with the potential to stretch their speed over a greater distance. If Friday's field remains intact, the race will have a gross value of $47,700, with a $28,620 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
Jer-Mar Stables LLC's Ghostly Gate, who broke her maiden when winning the $40,000 Winnipeg Futurity at Assiniboia Downs while facing male rivals, merits a slight edge in the wagering off that tally Aug. 4. The bay daughter of Silver Ghost was always well placed in that dash at six furlongs, challenged for command inside the eighth pole and was three-quarters of a length in front at the wire.
Chris Emigh will be aboard the Hugh Robertson trainee, who finished third in her first trip to the post June 28 when placed on the front end, and third once again in the $35,000 Canterbury Lassie July 12 when allowed to settle during the early going.
Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein's Hot Mail may be the one to beat. The speedy daughter of Souvenir Copy out of a Lord Avie mare drew off steadily to break her maiden by seven and a half lengths Aug. 10 at Ellis Park. It was the second start of her career but her first on the main track. Previously, Hot Mail had finished third at first asking July 17, but was negotiating the grass course at the Western Kentucky oval that day.
Leading rider Rene Douglas has been named to handle the reins on Hot Mail, who is trained by the Kentucky-based Steve Flint.
Completing the Top Flight Stakes field are Roman Boruta's Rebel Lil, Carlos H. Marquez Jr. up; Lynda G. Lail's Souvenir Doll, Eddie Razo Jr.; Lazy Lane Farms Inc.'s Old Fashion Girl, Curt Bourque; Padua Stables' Willow Cove, Corey Lanerie; Hilary Pridham & Three Kings Stable's I'm a Majek Girl, Frank Lovato Jr., Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Lovely Afternoon, Larry Sterling Jr.; and Mark Stanley's Uncontrollable, Shane Sellers.
The last named, a Wild Again filly trained by Ken McPeek, is worthy of strong consideration. Out of a Deputy Minister mare, the Kentucky-bred is handled by the same connections that won last week's Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap, and she broke her maiden by a half-length when getting the eight-furlong distance July 24 over the local surface.
Asiel Stable's Classic Appeal, Terry Renfrow & Eugene Young's Silver Bid and Ron L. Brandenburg's Tic N Tin may all vie for favoritism when they head a field of five in Friday's $40,000 Tri Crown Handicap, a sprint at six and a half furlongs that is restricted to 3-year-olds and upward that are Illinois registered, conceived and/or foaled.
Classic Appeal was fifth in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint Handicap in his last start on Aug. 23 and is winless this summer at Arlington, but was a multiple stakes winner earlier in the spring at Hawthorne. Carlos Silva will make up most of the shared top impost of 118 pounds assigned the Richard Hazelton trainee.
Silver Bid, also with 118 including leading rider Rene Douglas, made the pace in his last start Aug. 13 in allowance company but weakened in the late stages to finish second by three parts of a length. Joel Berndt conditions the gray gelding.
Tic N Tin, assigned 117 pounds Friday, may have lost a step as an 8-year-old but won an allowance sprint at Fairmount Park June 11 and was a two-time winner of Arlington's White Oak Handicap in 2001 and 2002 during the Prairie State Festival Days of those seasons. Shane Laviolette rides Tic N Tin, who is trained by owner Brandenburg.
Rounding out the Tri Crown 'Cap field is BJK Thoroughbreds' Bulldog George, trained by Jimmy Wiser with Eddie Razo Jr. aboard; and Samuel Henry, Dominic Marsella & Emerald Ridge Farm's Manitowish, conditioned by Christine Janks with Curt Bourque astride. Both carry 116 pounds.
Defending Arlington Park jockey champion Rene Douglas had a riding triple Wednesday, winning the fourth with Fred Kaminska's Elisha Joy for trainer Ron Goodridge, the fifth with Arthur B. Hancock III & Runnymede Farm's Knox for conditioner Ken McPeek, and the eighth with Vickie L. Foley and Carl Bowling et al.'s Krisherra for trainer Foley.
Defending Arlington Park owner champion Frank C. Calabrese had two winners Wednesday, winning the third with Texas Tree, trained by Pat Cuccurullo and ridden by Eddie Razo Jr.; and the eighth with Prairie Slam, conditioned by Wayne Catalano and piloted by Corey Lanerie.
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