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.
ARLINGTON CLASSIC WINNER SILVER MAX RETURNS IN GRADE III AMERICAN DERBY SATURDAY AT ARLINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 11, 2012) – Mark Bacon & Dana Wells’ Silver Max, winner of the $125,000 Arlington Classic, the first leg of the Mid-America Triple on May 28, returns to the local oval in pursuit of that series’ second leg, the Grade III $200,000 American Derby on Saturday.
The American Derby will be run at a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington’s world famous turf course and serves as the final local prep for the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes, which will be held Aug. 18 as part of the one-day International Festival of Racing.
UPPERLINE SEEKS SECOND ARLINGTON STAKES SCORE OF 2012 IN GRADE III MODESTY HANDICAP ON MILLION PREVI
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 11, 2012) – Stone Farm, John Adger, Oak Crest Farm & Mike Stidham’s Arlington Matron winner Upperline looks to become the first horse since Belle of Cozzene in 1996 to win both the Matron and Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap in the same season as she heads a solid field of eight distaffers entered Saturday’s mile and three-sixteenths grass test.
The Modesty serves as the final local prep for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D., which will be held Aug. 18, and is one of four major stakes that comprise the track’s Million Preview Day program. In addition to the Modesty, the 12-race card includes the Grade III $200,000 American Derby, the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap and the Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes. As an added bonus, the 1-2-3 finishers in the Modesty will have their entry and starting fees waived for the Beverly D. should they elect to run in that event next month.
BOISTEROUS INVADES FOR THE GRADE III ARLINGTON HANDICAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 11, 2012) – Phipps Stable’s Boisterous, third in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap in New York on the Belmont Stakes undercard, has accepted high impost of 122 pounds as he heads a field of 11 turf specialists entered for Saturday’s Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap.
The mile and a quarter Arlington Handicap serves as the final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million, which will be held Aug. 18, and is one of four major stakes that comprise the track’s Million Preview Day program. In addition to the Arlington Handicap, the 12-race card includes the Grade III $200,000 American Derby, the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap and the Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes. As an added bonus, the 1-2-3 finishers in the Arlington Handicap will have their entry and starting fees waived for Arlington Million XXX should they elect to run in that event next month.
EUROPEAN TRAINERS O’BRIEN, GOSDEN EYING ARLINGTON MILLION AGAIN
Two of international racing’s most successful and respected horsemen – Ireland’s Aidan O’Brien and Great Britain’s John Gosden – have the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 18 clearly on their respective radars, according to the International Racing Bureau’s Alastair Donald.
O’Brien, who won last year’s Arlington Million with Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Cape Blanco, and last year’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes on the same afternoon with Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Treasure Beach, is considering bringing Treasure Beach back to Chicago for the 2012 Million.
Monday, July 09 2012
Million Preview Day July 14
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 9, 2012) – Arlington Park will present the 12th annual Million Preview Day program on Saturday, July 14, showcasing the final local prep races for the Aug. 18 Arlington Million and International Festival of Racing, featuring four graded stakes worth an aggregate of $750,000 in purses.
Serving as the designated prep for Arlington Million XXX is the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap at the Million distance of a mile and a quarter on the turf while the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap at a mile and three-sixteenths over the lawn serves the same purpose for the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, July 8
SAINT LEON’S VICTORY IN ARLINGTON SPRINT ONE MIRACULOUS STORY
Was Saint Leon’s roundabout journey into the hands of the owner-trainer team of Margaret Burlingham and Michele Boyce heaven sent, or was it the other way around?
Perhaps a little of both for the Arlington Sprint winner and his human two-women team, with noble assists credited to two more women – nationally prominent Thoroughbred owner Maggi Moss and Gail Vacca, president of the Illinois Equine Humane Center located in Elgin.