Saturday, June 01, 2013

Barn Notes:  Saturday, June 01, 2013

• Promising Work All Week Headlines Cammack Nominations
• Third Chance Contestants May Meet Again in Isaac Murphy


Midwest Thoroughbreds’ rising star sprinter Work All Week leads the nominations for next Saturday’s Addison Cammack Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. The athletic son of swift sire City Zip has won all three of his races this year by a combined 24 lengths without ever being headed.

On May 11, Work All Week launched out of the gate like a torpedo from the outside post and impressively cut fractions of :22.03 and :45.07 before waltzing home under a hand ride in 1:09.21 over stakes-placed Static Kill and impressive next out winner Hughes the Daddy. After earning a sizeable 115 Equibase Speed Figure and a 101 Beyer Speed Figure, the ¬4-year-old gelding should go off as the favorite if entered.

Static Kill returns to take another stab at the aforementioned Work All Week in the Cammack (previously the White Oak Handicap) after a solid performance in defeat in the same May 11 allowance. The Dale Bennett trainee for Pat Endo and Steve Pauls was previously third in the Robert S. Molaro Handicap at six furlongs on April 27.

After pressing a pace of :22.12 and :45.53 in the Molaro and coming back two weeks later to run into the wrecking ball that is Work All Week, the son of turf star Brahms will appreciate the four-week break to the Cammack, should he be entered.

Terry Young and Sue Crooks’ Four Left Feet hopes to have better luck in his next dance after a troubled trip that forced him seven wide in the Molaro. Second in last year’s White Oak, the closing son of Trippi should appreciate the return to Arlington’s synthetic surface. With a record of 9-3-3-0 at Arlington, the gelding comparatively only has two wins on dirt.

Another also-ran from the Molaro nominated to the Cammack is Nagys Piggy Bank. The son of Cherokee Rap was the beaten 7-5 favorite in the Molaro and could give Work All Week a serious tussle for the lead should the chestnut gelding be entered.

From the same connections who impressively conquered the Grade III Hanshin Cup last week with Hogy, Nagys Piggy Bank is a homebred of William Stiritz trained by Scott Becker. The Cammack would be only his second outing of the year.


The Addison Cammack’s sister handicap, the Isaac Murphy, showcases some of the best Illinois-restricted sprinting fillies and mares at Arlington. Three mares and one filly from the April 27 Third Chance Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course are nominated for a possible rematch in the Murphy, including impressive winner Algonquin Posse.

A 5-year-old daughter of dynamite sprint sire Posse, William Stiritz’s Algonquin Posse should once again be difficult to beat, should she be entered. Last out, the Scott Becker trainee blitzed the field under Chris Emigh to win by a widening four lengths in a formidable 1:10.25 – with a final quarter in :23.66. Runner-up last year in the Isaac Murphy, the consistent bay mare seems to be on top of her game at age five.

Stakes winner Dolly Peach looks to get back into stride after two subpar performances so far in 2012. After a forgettable performance in the Third Chance, she returned in an open allowance at Canterbury Park to finish an encouraging second. The Murphy would be her third start of the year and could put the Lamont Nienast homebred back in the form which had her win 2012’s Pretty Jenny Stakes and place second in the Purple Violet Stakes.

An intriguing nominee to the Murphy is Meryl Squires-Gordon’s homebred dark bay filly Fire Tricks. A daughter of world-class miler Hat Trick, Fire Trick is coming off a fifth in a turf allowance here at Arlington, which was preceded by a fourth in the Third Chance. A deep closer, Fire Tricks returns to the only surface on which she has won, Arlington’s Polytrack, and showed a great deal of kick last out to close from 14 lengths behind to lose by less than four lengths at the finish of the five-furlong turf dash.

Also entered from the Third Chance is Gary and Beth Leverton’s homebred third-place finisher Wild Hope, trained by Frank Kirby. A consistent stakes performer, Wild Hope is a 6-year-old daughter of Quaker Ridge who has only finished on the board once in her previous six starts. Despite that, she could improve in what will be only her second start of the season, while also coming off her best Equibase Speed Figure (98) since 2011.

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