|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/19/03
In today's notes:
Prominent Illinois owner and breeder Russell L. Reineman was honored with Arlington Park's "Lifetime Achievement Award" as the highlight of festivities at the Chicago oval's annual awards dinner held Thursday evening at Trackside Arlington Park.
Reineman has bred and raced a top quality stable for several decades all over the country while campaigning horses in Illinois, New York, Kentucky and Florida. Among the outstanding horses to carry his colors were 1962 Juvenile Filly Champion Smart Deb, 1986 Travers winner Wise Times and 1980 American Derby winner Hurry Up Blue.
Most recently, Reineman raced War Emblem to win the 2002 Illinois Derby in his silks before selling him to The Thoroughbred Corp. The colt went on to capture last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness for those new owners.
Reineman was on hand to personally accept his award, which was presented to him by Richard L. Duchossois, chairman of Arlington Park.
"There is no greater racetrack in the world than Arlington, thanks to you," Reineman told Duchossois during the presentation. "I am so honored to receive this award, and can tell you personally that there is no greater racetrack than Arlington to race at."
Arlington's "Lifetime Achievement Award" was begun two years ago, with Bill Thayer, senior vice president of racing, honored as its first recipient. Last year, the award was given to retiring Arlington bugler Joe Kelly.
Also honored Thursday evening with Arlington's "2003 Rising Star Award" was trainer Rebecca Maker, who has saddled 12 winners, 10 runner-ups, and nine third-place finishers from 64 starters so far this season
"I would just like to thank all my owners for their support," said Maker when accepting.
Previous "Rising Star Award" winners were jockey Robby Albarado in 1996, trainer Chris Block in 1997, jockey Zoe Cadman in 2000, trainer Jackie Wright in 2001, whose career was tragically cut short by illness soon after, and jockey Elvis Trujillo last year.
Other highlights of the evening included a video recognizing Arlington's 2003 leading owner Frank C. Calabrese, leading trainer Wayne Catalano, and leading jockey Rene Douglas. All three of those horsemen are far in front in successful defenses of championships garnered last season, and will be presented with their respective honors during Sunday's racing program at Arlington.
Mrs. & Martin J. Wygod's Delmonico Cat, heroine of the $45,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes July 4 and a close second in the $75,000 Estrapade Handicap Aug. 15 in her only two starts this summer at Arlington Park, should rule the choice when she heads an overflow field of 14, including two also-eligibles, in Saturday's $45,000 Flawlessly Stakes at Arlington.
The race restricted to fillies and mares will be contested at one mile over Arlington's world famous turf course.
In that last start in the Estrapade 'Cap, Delmonico Cat was always well placed, rallied when set down for the drive but fell a half-length short of matching Barr H. Inman's Delicatessa, who she must face again Saturday. Before that in the Possibly Perfect, Delmonico Cat was settled just behind the early leaders and rallied in the final furlong to be a half-length the best at the wire.
Delicatessa may be the one to beat. Unhurried early in the Estrapade, the daughter of Dare and Go rallied boldly in the lane to prove best, repeating the same tactics she had used previously when winning an Arlington allowance race by a neck July 23.
Leading rider Rene Douglas will handle the reins on Delmonico Cat and make up most of the 118 pounds assigned the Storm Cat filly, who is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, while Eddie Razo Jr. returns in the irons aboard Delicatessa, who shoulders 120 pounds and is in the barn of trainer Charlie Livesay.
Other fillies and mares slated for the Flawlessly are Larry Biefeldt & Edward Weaver's Salty Farma, 122, Larry Sterling Jr.; Ted Taylor's Dancing With Me, 118, Frank Lovato Jr.; My Jo Lee Stable II's Curious Conundrum, 122, Zoe Cadman; Thomas Van Meter II & WinStar Farm LLC's Fly Borboleta, 120, Corey Lanerie; A. Steven Miles' Lead Story, 122, Ray Sibille; Jere R. Smith Sr. & Norwood Ltd.'s Spirited Maiden, 118, E. T. Baird; Team Block's Storm to Glory, 118, Carlos H. Marquez Jr.; Ron Shenofsky's You Glitter Girl, 114, Randy Meier; Coast To Coast Racing Fund LLC's Naturally Wild, 118, Shane Laviolette; and Nancy A. Vanier & Lyda Williamson's Beret, 118, Chris Emigh.
Named on the Flawlessly's also-eligible list are Rene Dar Farm's River Flower, 116, Mary Doser astride, and Carolyn & Harry Disko's I Can Fan Fan, 116, Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires aboard.
Defending owner champion Frank C. Calabrese and defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano continued their torrid pursuit of their own Arlington Park records established last year by combining for three winners on Thursday's program. The tandem accomplished their Thursday triple with three different jockeys, winning the opener with Greeting Card, Eddie Razo Jr. aboard; the second half of the double with Tornado Bait, Corey Lanerie up; and the fifth with My Countess, Carlos Montalvo astride.
Jockey Razo had a riding "hat trick" Thursday. After winning the first race on Greeting Card, he returned to the winner's circle after the fourth on William K. Warren Jr.'s Zerotosixty for trainer Tony Reinstedler and once more after the eighth with Terry Bruner's Chairman Cella for trainer Hector Magana.
Jockey Corey Lanerie had a riding double Thursday. After winning the second race on Tornado Bait, he won the seventh on Gabe Grossberg's Distorted Power for conditioner Bobby Springer.
Dare To Dream Stable #4 LLC's Nicole's Dream established a course record for "about five furlongs" on the turf of :56.38 when she captured Thursday's third race with jockey E. T. Baird aboard for trainer Larry Rivelli. There was a minus show pool of $28,000 in the race. Nicole's Dream also was part of a "dream" exacta when combined with Paul's Dream, who finished second for owners Jeffrey Sullivan & Ernie Poulos Racing Stables Inc., trainer Dee Poulos and jockey Jesse Campbell.
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