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Friday, July 21, 2000
51th Day

SUNDAY'S G2 AMERICAN DERBY ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL FIELD

Red Baron's Barn's Suances, a Group 1 winner in France at last asking June 4, may be a tepid choice in the wagering based on that performance when he heads a field of five sophomores named to Sunday's Grade 2 American Derby at Arlington International Racecourse.

Observing its 86th renewal, the mile and three-sixteenths turf race for three-year-olds is the oldest stakes race run at Chicago's premier thoroughbred oval, and also serves as the middle jewel of Arlington's Mid-America Triple.

In that last outing, Suances, a British-bred, pressed the early pace in the nine furlong Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly, took command shortly before going a mile on the soft ground, and drew off steadily the rest of the way for a six-length tally.

In his start before that, the colt by Most Welcome out of Prayer Wheel was a two and a half-length victor at Longchamp in the Group 3 Prix de Guiche using similar tactics over a course rated "good." David Flores will be the jockey.

Heading the American representation, and sure to provide strong competition for Suances, is Lothenbach Stables, Inc.'s Boyum, second to King Cugat in the Grade 2 Arlington Classic. That mile and an eighth test, which serves as the first leg of the Mid-America Triple, was contested July 1. Boyum was without speed that day, raced wide into the stretch and rallied to be easily second best while no threat to the winner.

Boyum, a Kentucky-bred Valiant Nature gelding out of a Diesis mare, had finished fourth in the $250,000 Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs June 10 behind the victorious King Cugat. Craig Perret has the mount.

Mrs. B. V. Sangster & Mrs. John Magnier's Hymn, an Irish-bred who has been racing in England, is a threat to the top two. In his last trip to the post on June 24 at Royal Ascot, Hymn was allowed to settle early in the EBF Triumvirate Classified Stakes, took command shortly before the wire and proved best by a half-length in the mile test.

Previously, on May 30 at Sandown, Hymn had broken his maiden by the same margin over heavy going. Japanese reinsman Yutaka Take is named in the irons.

Still another European, Five Star Stable's Pine Dance, could prove troublesome in the American Derby. Although Kentucky-bred, the Pine Bluff colt has been racing in Ireland and disappointed in a handicap at The Curragh July 1.

Before that, however, Pine Dance posted back-to-back wins on the Emerald Isle in May, winning the Maginn TV Handicap at The Curragh when going a mile and a quarter and also capturing the Ormonde Maiden at Gowran Park at the American Derby distance of a mile and three-sixteenths. Eddie Ahern is slated for the saddle.

The Estate of Allen E. Paulson's Del Mar Show merits some consideration. An entire son of Theatrical, Eclipse Award-winning Male Turf Horse in 1987, Del Mar Show was second, beaten almost seven lengths in his last start in the $100,000 Canterbury Derby June 18 at that Minnesota oval. Previously, he had a runner-up finish in allowance company at Churchill Downs May 14. Arlington's leading reinsman Mark Guidry has the riding assignment.

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). Also on Sunday, Arlington will take the Grade 3 Delaware Handicap, for fillies and mares at a mile and a quarter from Delaware Park, as a simulcast Special Event.

COUNTDOWN TO 4,000

Arlington Jockey Tim Doocy rode two winners Thursday, and has posted five wins in the last four racing days to move one victory away from the 4,000-win milestone.

The count through Thursday: Tim Doocy - 3,999 career wins, Arlington Total: 24

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