Kentucky-based trainer “Rusty” Arnold, enjoying a super session at Arlington Park this summer, advised over the phone from Lexington Saturday morning that Grade III Modesty Handicap heroine Communique, owned by G. Watts Humphrey, is still a possibility for the Grade I Beverly D. – the Arlington Million’s sister race to be run along with the Million Aug. 9.
On the morning after the Modesty, Arnold – who also saddled Arlington Handicap hero Stream Cat the previous day – indicated that while Stream Cat was probable for the Million, Communique’s status for the Beverly D. was uncertain.
“Fortunately, the Glens Falls Handicap (Arnold’s Saratoga stakes option for Communique) isn’t run until after the Beverly D., so we don’t have to decide right now.”
The top-tiered Beverly D. offers a purse of $750,000, while the Glens Falls on Sept. 1 is a $100,000 race with a Grade III rating, and Arnold has indicated those factors will be part of the final decision for Communique’s next outing.
With a more definite status, Arnold has G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and St. George Farm Racing’s Temper Temper slated for a start in the Grade III Arlington Oaks Aug. 2.
Temper Temper stumbled at the start of Arlington’s $53,300 Sweetest Chant Stakes on July 5 at 1 1/16-miles, but closed with a rush to finish second, beaten a neck by Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz.
“We actually think the stumble at the start didn’t bother her,” said Arnold. “In fact, it may have helped put her in the ideal early position. But we also like the added distance of the Arlington Oaks. We really think the mile and an eighth will help her.”
ARLINGTON OAKS UPDATE: BULLET BREEZE FOR DREAMING OF LIZ
Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz, prepping for the Grade III Arlington Oaks Aug. 2, accomplished a bullet six furlong breeze in 1:11.60 Saturday morning in a serious tune-up for Arlington Park’s main event for 3-year-old fillies to be contested next weekend.
What did trainer Wayne Catalano think of the eye-opening move by the sophomore out of 1997 Arlington-Washington Lassie winner Silver Maiden?
“Unbelievable,” said Catalano. “She’s been training unbelievable. Randy Meier worked her this morning. He was subbing for his son Brandon who usually works her. Brandon is still a little under the weather (from a spill suffered Thursday while returning to the winner’s circle following a victory aboard Calabrese’s The King of Ming.)”
Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires is slated for the tack on Dreaming of Liz in the Arlington Oaks. Arlington’s all-time leading rider was aboard the daughter of El Prado for her win in the $53,300 Sweetest Chant as the scheduled prep for the Oaks.
Catalano also updated the status of Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, Chicago’s hope for a locally-based victory in the Grade I Beverly D. two weeks away.
“We’ve been giving her a little time off – a little bit of a freshener in the last three weeks,” said Catalano, “but we plan on working her in the next day or so.”
OTHERS LIKELY FOR ARLINGTON OAKS AUG. 2
Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz and St. George Farm Racing’s Temper Temper, first and second respectively in Arlington’s $53,300 Sweetest Chant Stakes July 5, may be the most familiar of the 19 fillies on the Grade III Arlington Oaks nominations list, but several others are currently under consideration for the Oaks’ 28th renewal Aug. 2.
They include Heather Stark’s Sky Mom, runner up by a length in Prairie Meadows’ Grade III Iowa Oaks in her last start June 27; Lewis Lakin’s Day of Victory, fourth against males last time in Prairie Meadows’ $250,000 Iowa Derby June 27; Anita Cauley’s French Kiss, fifth in Ellis Park’s $50,000 Audubon Oaks July 12; and Lloyd DeBruycker’s Rasierra, eighth in Churchill’s Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 2 and fifth in the Iowa Oaks.
SUNDAY’S FAMILY DAY FEATURES STOCK CAR EXPERIENCE
During Sunday’s Family Day at Arlington Park, fans will get the chance to imagine racing their favorite Winston Cup stock cars through an ultimate interactive audience participation experience offered by Micro-Reality stock car racing.
Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members get to meet Arlington’s track superintendent Javier Barajas and experience a show-and-tell of the track’s heavy duty maintenance machines.