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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

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

Monday, April 22, 2002


Grade I stakes winners Fleet Renee and Pompeii each were assigned top weight of 120 pounds for Sunday's Grade III $300,000 Sixty Sails Handicap when weights for the mile and an eighth race were released by racing secretary Allan Plever Monday morning.

Pompeii, who races for the WinStar Farm and is trained by Elliott Walden, is expected to accept the impost and will spot her prospective rivals from four to eight pounds. Hall-of-Fame jockey Pat Day, a two-time Sportsman's Park riding champion (Fall 1974, Fall 1975), is slated to make the trip from his Kentucky homebase to pilot the daughter of Broad Brush. Day has twice won the Sixty Sails, taking the 1985 edition aboard Sefa's Beauty and capturing the 2000 renewal with Lu Ravi. Walden saddled last year's Sixty Sails heroine License Fee, who like Lu Ravi the previous year, went over the million-dollar mark in career earnings in the Sixty Sails.

As of Monday morning, Pompeii will likely have seven distaff rivals to contend with in the Sixty Sails. Among the likely starters, Moore, Saylor & Voss' Katy Kat is next on Plever's list of weights at 116 pounds. The daughter of Forest Wildcat is trained by Niall O'Callaghan, whose Hail The Chief won last weekend's National Jockey Club Handicap. O'Callaghan has been in the winner's circle at Sportsman's Park for many stakes races, but the Sixty Sails has thus far eluded the Irish-born conditioner. Robby Albarado, who has guided the 4-year-old filly in each of her last two starts including a winning effort in the $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup at the Fair Grounds, has the mount.

Russell L. Reineman Stable's Pretty Gale, a half sister to Illinois Derby victor War Emblem, will look to make it two straight stakes victories over the Sportsman's Park oval in the Sixty Sails. The Frank "Bobby" Springer-trained daughter of Mountain Cat won the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap on April 14 and will attempt to become only the third horse to win both races in the same season, joining Crafty Oak (1999) and Valid Vixen (1989) in completing the sweep. One other horse, Leave It Be, won both races but in different years.

Other slated to start, with weight and jockey listed where known, are: Edward P. Evans' With Ability (115 pounds, Javier Castellano); Alter Racing Stable's Happily Unbridled (115); Skara Glen Stable's Quiet Lake (113); Stonerside Stable's Becky Virtue (112); and James B. Tafel's Lakenheath (112).


Add the name Persimmon Ridge to the list of probable starters for Saturday's $100,000 National Jockey Club Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth. A daughter of Fast Play, the Mike Lauer-trained miss is an allowance winner at Turfway Park. She finished seventh in her lone foray into stakes company, the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks in Louisiana. Eddie Razo Jr. has picked up the mount.

Others likely for the local Oaks (with riders) include: Vanier-Williamson-Culver's Elementary (Chris Emigh); WinStar Farm's First Again (Mark Guidry); and Lazy Lane Farm's Summer Delight (Jesse Campbell).


Because of conflicts with Chicago Blackhawks playoff hockey, PGA Golf and Major League Baseball telecasts involving the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, "Post Time at Sportsman's" will air at different times over the next several days.

Tuesday's edition of the show, previously slated for 5 p.m., has been moved back to its regular 5:30 p.m. time.

Thursday's show will not air until 5:30 a.m. Friday because of the PGA and game five of the Blackhawks-St. Louis Blues series.

On Friday, April 26, the show will follow coverage of the PGA at 7 p.m. while on Saturday, the show will air at its regular 5:30 p.m. timeslot. On Sunday, "Post Time" will air at 6:30 following coverage of the Chicago White Sox-Oakland Athletics game.




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