ARLINGTON NOTES

 

 Contact: Graham Ross
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Wednesday, July 18, 2000
45th Day

SUNDAY'S AMERICAN DERBY DRAWS AMERICANS AND EUROPEANS

Lothenbach Stables, Inc.'s Boyum and Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey's El Ballezano, second and third respectively in the Grade 2 Arlington Classic July 1, head the American contingent of those likely to participate in Sunday's Grade 2 American Derby at Arlington International.

However, three European campaigners are also slated to contest the 86th running of the oldest stakes race on the Arlington schedule: Red Baron's Barn's Suances, Mrs. B. V. Sangster & Mrs. John Magnier's Hymn, and George Hoffmeister's Pine Dance.

Also pointing toward Sunday's headliner, the middle jewel of the Mid-America Triple, are Kentucky-bred and American-based Conscience Clear, owned by Martin Stables, Inc., and Del Mar Show, who races in the silks of Allen E. Paulson.

Still possible for the American Derby is James R. Vreeland & Richard Duggan's Whyome, an Irish-bred who has campaigned this year in both Europe and Texas.

In the Arlington Classic, Boyum was void of early foot, raced three-wide into the lane and was up to be easily second best while no threat to the winner.

El Ballezano prompted the early pace in the Classic, weakened from the effort but lasted for the show position.

Suances, a colt bred in Great Britain, appears to be the strongest of the European contingent with six wins from seven starts. Most recently he won by six lengths over soft ground at Chantilly in stakes company June 4, and was a two and a half-length winner in a stakes event at Longchamp May 18.

Hymn, an Irish-bred, has only made three career starts but has won two of them, including his last in allowance company at Royal Ascot June 24. Pine Dance disappointed in his last trip to the post July 1 at the Curragh when asked to go a mile and a quarter, but had visited the winner's circle in an eight-furlong test before that at the Irish oval.

Conscience Clear broke his maiden by two and a quarter in a mile and an eighth grass event at Churchill Downs July 1, while Del Mar Show was second in the grassy Canterbury Derby in his last start June 18 at Canterbury Park.

Whyome has a pair of good seconds in his two American appearances this summer at Lone Star Park, most recently beaten a neck in the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge July 3.

The American Derby will be televised Sunday as part of the NTRA's 2Day at the Races on ESPN2 that airs from 4:30-5 p.m. (Central). Post time for the American Derby is scheduled for 4:47 p.m. (Central).

Also on Sunday, Arlington will take the Grade 3 Delaware Handicap as a simulcast Special Event.

ITEMS AND EVENTS UPCOMING AT ARLINGTON

Post time on Thursday, August 17 of International Festival of Racing Week has been moved from 1:05 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. at Arlington International Racecourse.

"The late post time on Friday is a great feature of summer racing at Arlington," said CEO Scott Mordell. "To help make the week even more festive, we've added a second after-work opportunity to enjoy during Million week."

COUNTDOWN TO 4,000

Arlington jockey Tim Doocy drew a race closer to the 4,000-win milestone Sunday, capturing the last race on Greg Rand & Terry J. Brennan's Speculation.

The latest count: Tim Doocy - 3,996 career wins, Arlington Total: 21

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