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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

Contact: David Zenner (773) 242-1121 ext. 310

Monday, April 15, 2002


Russell L. Reineman Stable's Pretty Gale is doing fine one day after posting a wire-to-wire score in Sunday's $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap at Sportsman's Park and will likely be pointed for the Grade III $300,000 Sixty Sails Handicap here on April 28.

"She came back from the race good," said Ben Allen, assistant to trainer Frank "Bobby" Springer. "She's doing fine this morning. She'll leave this afternoon for Kentucky -- not to be sold -- but to be with most of the rest of Springer's horses. If all goes well, she'll be back in two weeks for the Sixty Sails."

Sunday's Lady Hallie victory capped off a momentous eight-day period for the Reineman Stable that began with a win in the Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby by War Emblem, Pretty Gale's younger half-brother, and included the sale of the local derby hero to The Thoroughbred Corp. and the resulting transfer of that horse to trainer Bob Baffert.

Though no doubt disappointed by the loss of a bona fide classic contender from his shedrow, Springer says he'll be rooting for War Emblem as he is now being pointed for the Grade I Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May.

"I'll absolutely be rooting for him," Springer said when posed the question immediately after the Lady Hallie. "The way the field looks, he's got a chance to win it, especially if it rains and the track comes up sloppy. We'll see what happens, I hope the colt does well."


Wexler's Stables Adam's Time, who finished fourth in the Lady Hallie Handicap, has been retired according to trainer Charlie Vinci. The 6-year-old daughter of Gilded Time will be sent to Kentucky where she'll be bred to Dixieland Band.

Adam's Time concluded her career with a record of six wins, seven seconds and eight thirds from 30 starts and earnings of $342,374.


Bringing a horse back to the races off any layoff can be difficult and usually the longer the layoff, the harder the task. On Sunday, trainer Donna Dupuy defied the odds when she scored with Frederick Kuen's Appealing Command, who last raced on June 27, 1999 -- a layoff of nearly 34 months.

"That horse was a real project," said Mike Dupuy, Donna's husband. "He got hurt the day we claimed him (for $12,500). The owner got outshook for another horse that day and said to Donna, 'What about (Appealing Command)?' He told her to go ahead and claim the horse, who ended up getting hurt. The owner sent him to Florida to try to get him ready and he bowed. So, he sent him to his farm in Wisconsin.

"This past winter, after two years, he calls us and says he's sending the horse back to us," he continued. "So we worked on his tendon. We worked him a few times here and he worked pretty well. The last work, out of the gate (on April 7), there was a good horse in there and he outworked him. I figured for $7,500 that he'd be all right.

"He had some (back) class. You could see by the (speed) figures he had run previously that he was okay. I couldn't believe he was such a short price ($4.60-1). He was 5-2 when I walked into the paddock. He's a warrior that old horse. If anybody could come back like that, it was he."


Stakes coordinator Chris Polzin checked off the names of five horses pointing toward Saturday's Grade III $200,000 National Jockey Club Handicap including defending champion Chicago Six, who at this stage appears to be the race's starting highweight at 117 pounds.

Others listed as probable (with weight listed): Hail The Chief (113 pounds), Mc Mahon (113), Deferred Comp (112) and Apalachee Special (110).


Jockey Jeremy Beasley will be departing the local scene in the next few days to return to Florida where he will compete at the upcoming meeting at Calder Race Course which opens April 26.


A trio of jockeys -- Ray Sibille, Lupe Macias and Jesse Campbell -- bagged doubles on Sunday's card. Sibille scored with Brushed Charm in the opener and with Hide and Peek in the fifth race. Macias' tandem came with For the Banner in the second and Cecilia's Crown in the sixth. Campbell's pair was Rose of Savannah in the fourth and Future Settlement in the seventh.

Owner Russell L. Reineman earned a double Sunday with different trainers. In addition to winning the Lady Hallie with the Bobby Springer-trained Pretty Gale, his colors found the winner's circle in the first race with the Tony Mitchell-trained Brushed Charm.




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