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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

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Friday, March 22, 2002


Defending champion Chicago Six will carry highweight of 120 pounds when he heads to the starting gate in an attempt to become the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the $100,000-added Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward. The race carries $50,000 in added money from Sportsman's Park and an additional $50,000 from the Breeders' Cup fund for eligible horses.

A 7-year-old son of Wild Again, Chicago Six, who races in the colors of Richard E. Trebat, captured the 2001 running of this race in his first start of the season and is employing the same tactic this year. The Jere R. Smith Sr.-trained horse is also nominated to next Saturday's $100,000 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap. Last year when the races were seven days apart Chicago Six won them both. He also annexed the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap over this oval en route to being named champion Illinois handicap male for 2001. Alfredo Juarez Jr. has the mount. Chicago Six will spot his rivals from three to nine pounds.

Next on racing secretary Allan Plever's list of weights is Tim Bulwer-Long's Generous Rosi. A 7-year-old son of Generous, Generous Rosi most recently ran eighth in a beaten allowance race at Fair Grounds in February. Last year, the Niall O'Callaghan charge won the Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship at the northern Kentucky oval in September and then ran second to Aptitude in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park the following month. Ray Sibille gets the call aboard Generous Rosi, who will carry 117 pounds Sunday.

Trainer Gerald Bennett has a coupling of Secret Romeo and Touch of Power, both owned by the A. A. C. Stable, entered in the Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup. The former, a 4-year-old Service Stripe colt, picked up his second straight stakes victory when he captured the $100,000 Lost Code Handicap over this oval on March 9 after having annexed the $50,000 Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in January. The latter, by War Deputy, was a also a winner here on March 9, taking the day's co-featured $42,000 allowance race. Terry Houghton has been named aboard both parts of the entry, assigned 116 and 113 pounds, respectively.

The Mike Stidham-trained Kombat Kat invades from New Orleans where he ran third in his first start since last May, beaten only a head by Miner's Prize and Takodha Hills. Prior to the layoff, the Irv Weimer & John McLane colorbearer had been competitive in graded stakes company at Oaklawn Park, finishing second in the Grade III Fifth Season Breeders' Cup and fourth in the Grade III Razorback Handicap at the Hot Springs, Ark. oval. Corey Lanerie will make the trip from Louisiana to ride the 5-year-old son of Future Storm who has been assigned 114 pounds.

Barr H. Inman's Apalachee Special, winner of this race in 1999 and sixth in 2000, is making his third start in the Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup. In his last start, the 7-year-old son of Apalachee rallied from off the pace to finish second to Touch of Power here on March 9. The Charlie Livesay trainee will carry 112 pounds including jockey Eduardo Perez.

James W. Orr's Associate makes his first start since injuring his sesamoid in a turf race at Gulfstream Park in February 2001. The son of Shotiche does his best running on the turf where he is a Grade II stakes winner with earnings in excess of a quarter of a million dollars. Trainer Robert Irwin has named Carlos Silva to ride the 7-year-old gelding who gets in with 112 pounds.

Howard Nelson's Eyebrow Raiser, an Illinois-bred son of Skywalker, comes into the race after winning three of his last four starts including his most recent two against open company allowance rivals at Oaklawn Park. Assigned 112 pounds, the Eugene Brajczewski Jr.-trained gelding will be ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr.

Completing the field for the Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (with jockey and weight listed) are: Centaur Farms, Inc.'s Valid Prime (Craig Perret, 112 pounds), a second-level allowance victor at the Fair Grounds in February; and Michele Boyce Racing Stable & Cherrywood Racing Stable's McMahon (Randall Meier, 111), fourth in a three-other-than allowance race at Santa Anita Park last month.


Trainer Roy Houghton is up and about at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn after being moved from intensive care to a regular room Thursday afternoon. Houghton has been hospitalized since March 11 when he was brought in complaining of chest pains.

The 56-year-old trainer did not suffer a heart attack but is being treated for high blood pressure, an aneurysm in his chest and more recently, pneumonia.

"I'm feeling pretty good but a little weak," Houghton said Friday morning from his hospital bed. "Yesterday I could hardly walk two steps but this morning I hopped out of bed at 4:30 a.m. and wanted to walk the halls, but they told me to take it easy. I hope to be out of here in a week."


Leading jockey Larry Sterling Jr. padded his advantage over Randall Meier and Alfredo Juarez Jr. to five after posting a three-bagger on Tuesday. The 32-year-old reinsman scored with Meandmyloveman in the first race and Jolie Raja in the sixth race for top trainer Mike Reavis, and aboard Mynameischase in the fourth for trainer Pam Little. Through Tuesday, Sterling had 15 victories at the meet.

Shane Laviolette also had a multiple win day on Tuesday, nailing down both ends of the late Daily Double with Sports Channel in the eighth race and Threshold in the ninth.


Top trainer Mike Reavis put a little daylight between himself and Frank Kirby by saddling three victors to Kirby's one on Tuesday. In addition to Meandmyloveman and Jolie Raja, Reavis also sent out Threshold, who captured the day's final event. Through Tuesday, Reavis held an 11-9 advantage over Kirby.


This Saturday, March 23, "Post Time at Sportsman's" will air one-half hour later at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports Net Chicago but will return to its regular 5:30 p.m. airtime the following day.


Forty more people were eliminated from the $5,000 Chi Town Challenge on Tuesday bringing the number of remaining contestants down to 39 from the original field of 1,736. One contestant, using the moniker "Kelso47" continues to be a perfect 10-for-10 in selecting winners.




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