|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/6/03
In today's notes:
David Eigel's Hackendiffy, clearly second best despite being overlooked in the wagering in the Grade II Ohio Derby June 21 at Thistledown, will be introduced to Arlington Park's world famous turf course in his first start on grass when he heads a field of seven in Sunday's $45,000-added Paradise Creek Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth over the lawn.
If the field remains intact, the middle distance affair will have a gross value of $47,100 with a $28,260 share of that sum going to the owners of the winning sophomore.
Hackendiffy, an Ohio-bred who has campaigned almost exclusively in the Buckeye State, will be trying to rebound from a disappointing sixth-place outing as the odds-on choice in Thistledown's $100,000 Cleveland Gold Cup July 5 against state-bred competition. The gray colt has been given a vacation since that dull performance.
Before that, however, in the Ohio Derby, Hackendiffy made the pace, could not handle Wild and Wicked when challenged inside the furlong grounds but finished two and a half lengths to the good of third place-finisher Midway Road.
Concerning his potential adaptability to the green, it should be noted that his sire Willowy Ambassador is a son of the good turf sire Deputy Minister, and he is out of a mare by Wolf Power, an equally proficient South African-bred grass sire. Hackendiffy most recently breezed a bullet three furlongs at Churchill Downs in :38 1/5 on Thursday. He will be ridden by Curt Bourque and carry top weight of 122 pounds.
Opposing Hackendiffy are Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Mr Mississippi, 120, Frank Lovato Jr.; Richard, Bertram, & Elaine Klein's G P Fleet, 120, Rene Douglas; Jeff & Linda Lafoy's Jimmy's Saber, 118, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; Three Diamond Stable's Megoman, 118, Eduardo Perez; Jer-Mar Stables LLC's Scottago, 116, Carlos H. Marquez Jr; and Virginia Inman's Distinguishable, 116, Eddie Razo Jr.
Scottago may be the one to beat after competing against international competition in the first two legs of the Mid-America Triple at Arlington this summer. The Lear Fan gelding was a good third in the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, on July 20 and only beaten two and a half lengths for all of it when fourth in the Grade II Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve, on June 28.
Carl Moore Management LLC's solid coupling of the established G All Day and the consistent Smilin' Slew looms a strong choice in Sunday's $40,000 Explosive Darling Handicap, for 3-year-olds and upward that are Illinois registered, conceived and/or foaled.
G All Day is assigned the top impost of 118 pounds in the Explosive Darling, including jockey Eddie Martin Jr., while Smilin' Slew gets in with 115 and has Corey Lanerie named. The two chestnut geldings are both trained by Bret Calhoun.
Slated for the turf at a mile and a sixteenth, the Explosive Darling has drawn a field of eight, including the entry, but one of those is an also eligible entered with the "main track only" condition.
G All Day, an altered son of Manila, won his last start by a length and a half Aug. 15 when entered for a $50,000 claiming tag at Arlington Park. He came from off the pace and was racing over a yielding course but was going a mile and an eighth.
Smilin' Slew, by Sky Classic, took command approaching the lane in his last start at Arlington July 31 in a nine-furlong allowance race but weakened in the last eighth to finish third, and should appreciate the shorter distance Sunday.
Challenging the favored entry are Asiel Stable's Shandy, 114, Carlos Silva; Margaret Lazuka's Buster Bailey, 113, Jerry LaSala; Win IV LLC's Scooter Roach, 117, Jesse Campbell; Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Our Last Novel, 115, Zoe Cadman; Gordon, Gonzalez & Knapp's Sir Joe Kelly, 115, Eduardo Perez; and Gus Johnson & Crown's Way Farm's Garesche, 114, Eddie Razo Jr.
Huhey, Nykaza Kempler & Diamond Racing Inc.'s Baker Road is the horse on the also eligible list that will run only if the race comes off the grass.
Arlington Park's August awards in their respective categories will be presented to owner Richard H. Glander, trainer Steve Hobby, and jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. on Sunday.
Owner Glander's horses posed in the winner's circle three times from only five starters to register a 60 per cent win ratio. Trainer Steve Hobby saddled five winners from 14 starters, including a score with CresRan Racing Inc.'s Sue's Good News in the Grade III Singapore Plate, while jockey Carlos Marquez rode 20 winners from 95 mounts, with a riding triple in August as well as five riding doubles.
Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor's High Chaparral, familiar to Arlington Park racing fans after capturing the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf last October at the Northwest suburban Chicago oval, won Saturday's Group I Ireland the Food Island Irish Championship Stakes at Leopardstown.
Although High Chaparral crossed in front of Falbrav during the late stages, the result was allowed to stand, with Falbrav remaining in the runner-up position. Islington, a daughter of Sadler's Wells, finished third in the mile and a half test, which followed the Grade I Arlington Million as the next leg in the 2003 World Series of Racing Championship.
Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor's France, who finished fourth in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes here on Arlington Million Day, made the pace in the Irish Championship but weakened from the effort while meeting older horses.
High Chaparral won the 2002 Eclipse Award for Male Turf Horse based on his score at Arlington Park last fall after a successful European campaign last summer.
Defending jockey champion and current leading rider Rene Douglas rode two winners Friday, taking the seventh with Lazy Lane Farms, Inc.'s Gingham and Lace for trainer Frank Brothers and the finale aboard Mike Langford's Brown Eyed Major for conditioner Randy Morse.
Second leading reinsman Eddie Razo Jr also posted a riding double Friday, winning the fourth with BJK Thoroughbreds' Bulldog George for trainer Jimmy Wiser and the sixth with F2W Racing's Crafty Beau for conditioner Michael Stidham.
Jockey Frank Lovato Jr. also had a Friday double, taking the opener astride the Rebecca Maker-trained Blue Sky Baby for owner N. J. Samford Trust, and the featured $47,700 Top Flight Stakes up on Hilary Pridham & Three Kings Stable's I'm a Majek Girl for trainer Mike Stidham.
Conditioner Stidham saddled a training double with Crafty Beau and I'm a Majek Girl.
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