Monday, August 06 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: August 5, 2012
GOLD EDGE, ALL HER CLASS LOOKING AT LASSIE FOLLOWING LISA M
Dolphus Morrison’s Gold Edge and Frank Calabrese’s All Her Class, first and second respectively less than a length apart at the finish in Saturday’s $67,100 Lisa M Stakes, might well be matching strides again in Chicago’s centerpiece race for 2-year-old fillies, the upcoming Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie to be contested at one mile on Sept. 8.
“This filly has unbelievable talent,” said trainer Lon Wiggins immediately following the Lisa M of the winning Gold Edge, “but she’s kind of ‘quirky.’ We’ve worked with her a lot on that, but she’s still not quite where we want to be with her. She got a little nervous on us in the paddock before the race today.
Sunday, August 05 2012
GOLD EDGE, MUPPET MAN SHARE SATURDAY STAKES HONORS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 4, 2012) – The first 2-year-old stakes races of the season in Chicago went to favorites as Dolphus Morrison’s Gold Edge captured the $67,100 Lisa M Stakes for fillies and Curtis Green’s Muppet Man scored in the open counterpart, the $66,700 Meadowlake Stakes.
In the Lisa M, Gold Edge overcame early traffic problems and was able to get to the outside in upper stretch in time to rally for a ¾-length victory over All Her Class. With Chris Emigh in the irons, the Lon Wiggins-trained daughter of Eddington covered the seven furlongs over Polytrack in 1:25.93.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sat. Aug. 4 2012
DANNY MILLER READIES ROMACACA FOR UPCOMING BEVERLY D. STAKES
It’s Miller time – or maybe more precisely it’s Romacaca time. At least that’s the way veteran Arlington trainer Danny Miller feels as he prepares Frank Calabrese’s 6-year-old mare for the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes now just two weeks away on August 18.
It was Danny Miller who first claimed Romacaca for $25,000 for Calabrese back in South Florida during the winter of 2009.
Saturday, August 04 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Fri., Aug. 3
ROMANS’ INVADERS TRYING TO CONQUER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Trainer Dale Romans has saddled two winners of Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes in past years, but in his lone attempt at victory in the Grade I Arlington Million his horse missed by three lengths as the runner-up.
In 2004, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Joy captured the Secretariat for Romans with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey aboard, and two summers ago Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado, with Kent Desormeaux up, gave Romans his second Secretariat score.
Thursday, August 02 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thursday, Aug. 2
JOCKEY BRANDON MEIER READY FOR RETURN TO RIDING FRIDAY
Jockey Brandon Meier, who broke his collarbone in a spill at Arlington May 12, returns to riding Friday and is scheduled for two mounts during the afternoon.
“I’ve been getting on horses in the morning for about two weeks now and (trainer Wayne) Catalano named me on a couple for (Friday),” Meier said Thursday morning shortly after training hours. “I feel super – absolutely great.
Monday, July 30 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, July 29
ARLINGTON MILLION PROSPECT AFSARE EARNS AN ‘A’ IN YORK RUN JULY 28
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum’s British-bred Afsare, one of the prime European-based prospects for the upcoming Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 18, ran an excellent race at York Saturday when finishing runner-up by a neck in the Group II Sky Bet York Stakes.
The 5-year-old altered son of Dubawi, trained by Italian-born Luca Cumani, won the listed Ambant Gala Stakes in his previous outing July 6 at Sandown and had finished second in Italy’s Group I Premio Presidente della Repubblica at Campannelle before that on May 13.
Saturday, July 28 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Fri. July 27
The ‘Cat’ is on the prowl again. One day after Arlington’s runner-up all-time leading trainer Wayne Catalano completed a fruitless journey to Saratoga to watch his “best horse in the race get beat,” Arlington’s often leading conditioner returned to his Chicago home base to saddle four winners on Thursday’s nine-race program.
It has been almost exactly four years since any Arlington conditioner saddled a win quartet at the local oval. Not surprisingly, it was Catalano who accomplished the feat that time as well. Also not surprisingly, Catalano’s banner afternoon gave him a three-win lead in the trainer standings entering Friday’s program.
Friday, July 27 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs. July 26
ARLINGTON BUGLER JEAN LAURENZ: WATCHING THE MAKING OF A STAR
What a pleasure it has been over the last few summers for Arlington’s guests to watch the musical growth of bugler Jean Laurenz, and lately her star just seems to keep on rising.
Laurenz, who was born and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois, first came to Arlington as its official bugler halfway through the local 2008 session while she was still an undergraduate at Northwestern University in pursuit of a degree in music and education.
Thursday, July 26 2012
Road to the 2012 Arlington Million - Vol. 4
Two summers ago, British trainer John Gosden brought H.R.H. Princess Haya of Jordan’s Irish-bred Debussy from his European base of operations to win the 28th running of the Grade I Arlington Million. Now it seems increasingly likely that Princess Haya’s Irish-bred colt Colombian may make that same Atlantic crossing as a Gosden representative in the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million on Aug. 18.
Although originally penciled in as more likely for the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes during Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing, Colombian, like his trainer, is of a somewhat versatile nature. In his first start this year, Colombian won the Group III Sir Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown at the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Arlington Million. In his last start of 2011, the Irish-bred colt won the listed Grand Prix du Nord Stakes at Longchamp when going the 1 5/8-mile distance. The American St. Leger will be contested at one mile and 11/16ths.
Monday, July 23 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, July 22
The fortunes of jockey Constantino Roman shot up like a Roman candle July 21 when the 21-year-old native of Guerrero, Mexico, scored the first graded stakes victory of his career in the Grade III Arlington Oaks.
Roman was aboard a ball of fire named La Tia, owned by the Hernandez Racing Club and trained by Brian Williamson in the Oaks, and the front-running filly forged her third straight win of the meeting with a three-quarter length tally.
Tuesday, July 17 2012
RECORD MILLION PREVIEW DAY HANDLE SET SATURDAY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 16, 2012) – The total handle on Arlington Park's 12-race Million Preview Day card on Saturday, July 14, of $7,616,325, the highest Million Preview Day handle since the event was launched in 2001.
In addition, the 2012 figure was more than 48% higher than $5,141,447 wagered on the 2011 Million Preview Day program of 11 races.
Thursday, July 12 2012
STARS AND STRIPES STAKES JOINS MILLION PREVIEW DAY LINE-UP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 11, 2012) – Stella Perdomo’s Musketier, three-time winner of the Grade III Singspiel Stakes at Woodbine Race Course, and Henry Pabst Trust’s Joinem, runner-up in the Grade III Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs in May, headline a field of 11 turf marathoners entered in Saturday’s Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes Stakes.
The Stars and Stripes is part of the Million Preview Day card for the first time and serves as the final local prep for the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger, which will be held Aug. 18. In addition to the Stars and Stripes, the 12-race card includes the Grade III $200,000 American Derby, the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap and the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap. As an added bonus, the 1-2-3 finishers in the Stars and Stripes will have their entry and starting fees waived for the American St. Leger should they elect to run in that event next month.