Arlington Handicap hero Stream Cat, owned by Fab Oak Stable, Bobby Hurley and John Goldthorpe, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 over Keeneland’s Polytrack course Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 9.
“(Stream Cat’s) work was excellent,” said trainer Rusty Arnold, speaking over the phone from his Lexington headquarters Sunday morning. “He’s right on schedule for the Arlington Million as of today.”
Later that same afternoon, Arnold saddled G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Communique to win the Grade III Modesty Handicap as the final major local prep for the Grade I Beverly D.
“The filly worked yesterday (Saturday),” said Arnold, speaking of Communique, a possibility for the Beverly D. but not as probable as Stream Cat’s Million status. “She breezed a half in :50. We’ll just see how she does and keep on eye on who else is going in the Beverly D. before we make a final decision about her.”
Arnold’s impressive Arlington invasions this summer also included a local win Saturday in the $150,000 Sea o’ Erin Mile with Richard Masson’s Karelian.
“I haven’t seen him yet, but my understanding (from Chicago-based trainer Leigh Bentley) is that he came back great,” Arnold said.
BEVERLY D.’S DREAMING OF ANNA BREEZES SUNDAY AT ARLINGTON PARK
Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly two years ago, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 over Arlington’s Polytrack Sunday morning in preparation for her upcoming engagement in Arlington’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 9.
“She went good,” said trainer Wayne Catalano shortly after Dreaming of Anna’s move. “Everything went well. We got just what we wanted.”
Dreaming of Anna, who won the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies two years ago, Arlington’s Grade III Pucker Up last fall and Churchill’s Grade III Mint Julep Handicap in her last start June 14, had not worked previously since July 5 in a planned freshening period.
“We just wanted to give her a little time off,” said Catalano of Dreaming of Anna, who finished a close second in last spring’s Grade III Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day May 3.
Catalano also updated the status of Calabrese’s Lewis Michael – Dreaming of Anna’s full brother – who finished fourth in Saturday’s $150,000 Sea o’ Erin in his first start of the year.
“We got just the race we needed to come back on,” said Catalano, extremely pleased with Lewis Michael’s 2008 debut run over Arlington’s grass course. “Now, when he gets back on ‘the Poly’ – he’ll be ready for it.”
Lewis Michael won last year’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap over Arlington’s Polytrack course.
ARLINGTON SPRINT NEXT FOR TAYLOR’S SPECIAL HERO MR. NIGHTLINGER
Martin Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management’s Mr. Nightlinger, who led every step of the way when winning Saturday’s $54,800 Taylor’s Special Stakes at Arlington, came out of the race in good order and will be pointed for the $200,000 Arlington Sprint at five and a half furlongs over the local lawn on Aug. 23.
“Saturday’s race didn’t seem like it was too hard on him,” said trainer Bret Calhoun, speaking over the phone from his Louisville home base Sunday morning during training hours. “We’ll keep an eye on him over the next couple of weeks after he gets back here, but right now we’re absolutely looking to bring him back in the Arlington Sprint. That’s been our goal all along.
“He’s really good right now,” said Calhoun of Mr. Nightlinger. “He seems to have found a home on turf and we want to keep him sprinting on the grass.”
Prior to the Taylor’s Special, Mr. Nightlinger used the same front-running tactics in a five furlong grass dash win at Churchill June 18, and won the Twin Spires oval’s grassy Grade III Aegon Turf Sprint on Kentucky Oaks Day May 2.
RELUCTANT GUEST WINNER FOREVER TOGETHER TAKES DIANA AT SPA
Augustin Stables’ Forever Together, heroine of Arlington’s $53,000 Reluctant Guest Stakes May 17, used that race as a springboard to a second victory in Saratoga’s Grade I Diana Handicap Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.