|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/5/03
In today's notes:
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Korbyn Gold, who tallied twice in Texas before throwing in a klunker in Kentucky, may be a tepid choice in the wagering when he attempts to make amends in a field of eight juveniles named to Saturday's $45,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington Park.
The Spectacular Bid, run at seven furlongs, is the final local prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, which will be contested at one mile on Sept. 27, closing day of the 2003 season at Arlington. If the field remains full for Saturday's prep, this weekend's feature will have a gross value of $47,400, with a $28,440 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
Korbyn Gold's recent disappointing effort came when he finished eighth in the $100,000 James C. Ellis Juvenile in Western Kentucky Aug. 17, but before that the gray son of Gold Case out of a Pass the Tab mare had come from off the pace to capture the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup Stakes at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie July 13. Previously, the Steve Asmussen trainee broke his maiden at Lone Star April 12.
Capable of providing strong competition for Korbyn Gold is L.W.Z. Stable's Orphan Brigade, who also boasts two wins from three trips to the post. After breaking his maiden at first asking June 28 when in for a $50,000 tag at Arlington Park, Orphan Brigade stepped up to Arlington's $52,800 Honest Pleasure Stakes July 26 and finished fourth by six lengths after never launching a serious bid. However, the Roar colt out of a Caller I.D. mare rebounded from that defeat to break out of the next allowance condition by a half-length Aug. 20 for conditioner Paul McGee.
Korbyn Gold shoulders the top impost of 122 pounds in the Spectacular Bid, including jockey Corey Lanerie, while Orphan Brigade gets in with 120 and has top 2-year-old rider Ray Sibille named to handle the reins.
Facing those two are Patricia Blass's Got the Goods, Earlie Fires; Nancy A. Vanier's Indian Game, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; K. K. Jayaraman & V. Devi Jayaraman's Royal Medal, Eddie Razo Jr.; Robert B. & Beverly J. Lewis's Voladero, Rene Douglas; Bruno J. Preski's Easy to Please, E. T. Baird; and Robert H. Shepard's Atten Hut, Tommy Molina.
All those have broken out of the maiden ranks for their lone trips to the winner's circle and all will carry 118 pounds except for Royal Medal, who gets in with 116.
Gerry & Sam Belpedio, William Lloyd & Cherrywood Racing Stable II's Ellie's Rose and Stamas, Marovich Ent. & Crown's Way Farm's Soccory finished heads apart in their last meeting, and face each other again as well as three others in Saturday's $40,000 Let's Do Lunch Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth over the Arlington Park lawn.
When last together, Ellie's Rose finished second in the $84,600 Lincoln Heritage Handicap, with Soccory a head further back in the third position on June 21, Prairie State Festival Day at Arlington. Leading rider Rene Douglas is named to handle the reins on Ellie's Rose, while the veteran Ray Sibille is slated for the tack on Soccory.
Since that meeting, Ellie's Rose finished fifth in a turf allowance race July 25 and Soccory came home sixth in an allowance test on the grass Aug. 13. Both will share the top impost of 120 pounds assigned by Frank G. Gabriel Jr. executive vice president of racing and racing secretary at Arlington during Saturday's rematch.
Opposing those two highweights are Nancy A. Vanier's Cottage Rose, 117, Chris Emigh up; Team Block's Storm to Glory, 117, Carlos H. Marquez Jr. aboard; and Carolyn & Harry Disko's I Can Fan Fan, 115, Earlie Fires astride.
Following a three-week gap since the Grade I Arlington Million, centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, the next two legs of World Series of Racing Championship will be contested Saturday in Ireland and Sunday in Germany.
Among those going to the post in Saturday's Group I Ireland the Food Island Irish Championship Stakes is Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor's France, a British-bred sophomore who finished fourth in Arlington's Grade I Secretariat Stakes, contested on Arlington Million Day as the third and final leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.
On Sunday, Erika Mader's Ransom O'War is among nine slated to go to the post in the Group I Grosser Bugatti Preis at Baden-Baden at a mile and a half on the grass.
The World Series of Racing Championship formed a partnership with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd. in July.
Heading Saturday's final "Breakfast at Arlington" program of the 2003 season are jockeys Curt Bourque and Carlos H. Marquez Jr., currently dueling for third position in the local standings.
Frances J. O'Toole's Dr. Brendler, second in the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf on July 5, has been retired from his racing career.
Leading rider Rene Douglas had a riding double Thursday, winning the opener with R. A. Williams & L.T.B. Inc.'s Be My Molly for trainer Bernie Flint and the sixth with Justo Noriega's You're Darn Tootin for conditioner Angel Hyland.
Jockey Chris Emigh also rode two winners Thursday, taking the second with Nancy A. Vanier & Jenny Allen's Brochure for trainer Harvey Vanier, and the seventh with Arthur I. Appleton's Dixieland Gulch for conditioner Mickey Goldfine.
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