|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/17/03
In today's notes:
Nancy A. Vanier & Lyda Williamson's Beret began her 2003 Arlington Park season by winning two straight races when facing other fillies and mares in one-mile turf tests over Arlington Park's world famous turf course.
Now her connections, which include her owners' trainer-husbands, hope she can end her summer at Arlington in the same manner, winning Saturday's $45,000-added Flawlessly Stakes at eight furlongs over the local lawn. Saturday's filly and mare test will be run one week before Arlington closes its current season on Sept. 27.
"That's where we're headed," said Beret's trainer Harvey Vanier. "She's been doing well and that race Saturday looks like a good spot for her."
When last sent to the post in the $75,000 Dade Turf Classic, Beret was allowed to settle early, made a belated late run to finish fourth but was beaten three and a half lengths at the wire.
"It rained that day," said Brian Williamson, who traveled to Western Kentucky with Beret for that Aug. 30 start. "All the way down there I was afraid they were going to take the race off the grass. Also, she got in a little tight on the turn.
"In her start before that (in the $75,000 Estrapade Handicap at Arlington Aug. 15), Williamson said, "the turf was yielding and she didn't care for that at all."
Earlier this summer, the daughter of 1990 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Royal Academy finished a creditable third, beaten five lengths for all of it in the Grade III Modesty Handicap July 26. That race is traditionally the final local prep for Arlington's Grade I Beverly D. Last year Beret was a good second, beaten only a head in Arlington's $48,750 Hatoof Stakes during Breeders' Cup Week.
"She's been a good filly for us, and she's been doing good lately," said Vanier.
Barr H. Inman's Delicatessa, a projected starter in the $45,000-added Flawlessly Stakes for turf-favoring fillies and mares on Saturday, has won her last two starts, but only three in the last two years, and her trainer Charlie Livesay was asked about the improvement.
"She's always been a capable filly," Livesay said, "but she used to goof off a lot. It seemed like she was always trying to do something during a race whenever she sees anything that attracts her attention, but she seems to have matured a little bit now. Hopefully, she's learned to settle down."
That budding maturity became evident in Delicatessa's last race, when despite being dismissed at 36-1, she came from off the pace to rally boldly for a half length-tally in Arlington Park's $75,000 Estrapade Handicap on Aug. 15.
"Heck, that win didn't surprise me," said Livesay. "If she doesn't get to goofing around, she has a lot of talent, and she's also always stayed pretty sound throughout her career.
"The owner bred her," said Livesay, "and just lost her mother (the Czaravich mare Special Portion) this year and hopes she (Delicatessa) will replace her. She handles turf very easily, she's doing fine, and Saturday's race should fit her. I may run her again in the fall, but like a lot of grass horses, she may need a break during the winter."
In last year's $48,750 Hatoof Stakes at Arlington on Oct. 23, Delicatessa finished third beaten less than two lengths for all of it and a length and three-quarters behind runner-up Beret, who she is expected to meet again on Saturday.
The third and final betting period of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet will be held this weekend with pools opening Friday, September 19, and closing Sunday, September 21.
Two-year-olds will be part of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the first time during this weekend's betting period, in advance of the projected starters in this year's Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, to be held at Santa Anita Park this year on Oct. 25.
Other pools available this weekend are the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, which will also be contested at the Arcadia, California, oval on that day as part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
John & Kristine Richter's Bien Nicole, runner-up in Arlington Park's Grade I Beverly D. and 50-1 in the morning line for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf future wager, worked in company at three-quarters of a mile in 1:14 handily on the Arlington turf course Wednesday morning with the "dogs" up.
Defending Arlington Park owner champion Frank C. Calabrese and defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano combined for two winners Sunday at Arlington to maintain a pace to break their own records established last season locally. The tandem combined to score with Fortune's Bounty in the fifth, with jockey Eddie Razo Jr. aboard, and Spicy Prospector in the sixth, with Larry Sterling Jr. up.
Jockey Eddie Razo Jr. scored a riding double, winning the third race astride Leland F. & Corina M. Vogt's Moscow Caper for trainer Hector Magana before winning aboard Fortune's Bounty in the fifth.
Groom of the Week this week at Arlington Park was awarded to Candido Cambrey, a native of Guerra, Mexico, who works for conditioner Mary Zimmerman.
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