|Arlington Park Stakes Results
CAT GENIUS, RIDDLESDOWN & BIEN NICOLE SHARE FRIDAY HONORS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Friday, Oct. 25) -- A trio of $100,000 races served as a Friday preamble to Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships program when the $13 million series of eight races comes to Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history.
Trainer Tom Amoss, who saddles Lone Star Sky in the $1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday, got his weekend off to a winning start with a gate-to-wire, five-length score by Cat Genius in the $100,000 Gilded Time Stakes for 2-year-olds. The son of Western Cat covered the seven furlongs over a sloppy racetrack in 1:23.01 and paid $4, $3 and $2.40.
Cat Genius earned $60,000 to boost his earnings to $90,586 from a perfect record in three trips to the post.
"The race was really won in the first eighth of a mile," said Amoss. "I was surprised they let us get an easy lead like that. I thought that gave us a huge advantage. I'm not sure where we'll run next. This horse has done everything we've asked of him."
Desert Warrior was second in the field of five 2-year-olds and paid $4 and $2.40. Omega Code was another 5 3/4 lengths back in third $2.60.
Gary A. Tanaka's Riddlesdown was adjudged the victor of the $100,000 John Henry Handicap at a mile and three-sixteenths on the turf following the disqualification of Tap The Admiral from the top spot for interference in the stretch. Jorge Chavez rode the son of Common Grounds. The race was timed in 1:59.83 over yielding going.
Riddlesdown, who won for the second time in six starts this year, paid $9.20, $4.60 and $4.40. His bankroll now stands at $204,964 from a record of six wins in 24 trips to the post.
Tap The Admiral was placed second and paid $5.80 and $4.60. National Anthem was two lengths farther back in third and paid $5.
"My horse was going good and all of the sudden I feel something and I look and it's the horse behind and he's hit me and I'm going sideways," said Chavez. "I lost my stride but my horse came back again. The officials could see it on the replay. He (trainer Niall O'Callaghan) told me to let him go by himself and that's what I did."
John & Kris Richter's Bien Nicole pressed the pace from the outside, took the lead in the stretch and drew off to win the $100,000 Estrapade Handicap by three lengths. The daughter of Bien Bien, ridden by Don Pettinger, traveled the mile and a sixteenth on the turf in 1:44.52. She paid $11.60, $6 and $5 while earning $60,000 to elevate her bankroll $366,770.
"She ran an awesome race," said Don Pettinger. "She laid off that other filly the first part of it, moved to her on the turn and then kicked off down the lane. She really handled the soft going."
Verruma was second in the 10-horse field and paid $9.80 and $7.40. It was 2 1/2 lengths back to Kiss the Devil, who finished third and paid $9.60.
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