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Wednesday, July 26, 2000
WORKING TO THIS WEEKEND'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL PREPS
Barry Golden's Where's Taylor, beaten only a nose for all of it when the runner-up in the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park June 24, breezed three-eighths of a mile in :39 Wednesday morning over the turf course at Arlington International in preparation for Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington Handicap.
The $150,000 Arlington Handicap is the final local prep for the showcase event of the summer at Chicago's premier oval - the Grade 1 Arlington Million to be contested August 19. Both the Million, now with a $2 million purse, and this Saturday's Handicap are run over the local lawn at a mile and a quarter.
Where's Taylor's Wednesday breeze, with jockey Corey Lanerie astride, was conducted under the watchful eyes of owner Golden, trainer Mike Stidham, and assistant Hilary Pridham, who saddled the horse at Rockingham in his last start.
In the New Hampshire Sweepstakes, run at nine furlongs, Where's Taylor, assigned 113 pounds in the Arlington Handicap, was allowed to settle early, launched a bid entering the lane, took clear command in upper stretch before just getting caught in the final strides by Lucy Young-Boutin's Inexplicable.
E. R. Meyer's Iruntheshow, considered a possible starter in Saturday's Million prep and weighted with 110, worked three-eighths over the grass in :37 on Wednesday here. The altered son of Robyn Dancer won at last asking here in allowance company July 16. Iruntheshow was unhurried early in that mile and a sixteenth test but launched a bold late bid to be up by a half-length at the wire.
Also considered likely for the Arlington Handicap are: Ellenberg, Sangster & Kaster's Distant Mirage, 115; The Estate of Thomas Mueller's Chorwon, 114; Betty Massey & Martin Racing LLC's Colonial Power, 112; 3 Plus U Stables' Northern Quest, 112; Miessler & Raber's Exciting Fanfare, 111; Jack Smith's Mi Sierra, 111; Conway, Hoffman & Team Canonie's Profit Option, 111; Joann & Alex Lieblong's Mi Buddy, 110; and Barr H. Inman's Apalachee Special, 108.
Also on the worktab over the Arlington lawn on Wednesday were three distaffers being considered for Sunday's Grade 3 Modesty Handicap, the final local prep for the Grade 1 Beverly D. on August 19.
Frank C. Calabrese's Justenuffheart, who was assigned 115 for the Modesty and is also entered Thursday at Arlington, went five-eighths in 1:01 4/5. The Broad Brush mare won her last two in a row here.
Simi Stable's Candleinthedark breezed the five-furlong distance in 1:00 3/5. Weighted at 113, she was a closing second, beaten three parts of a length in her last start here at a mile and an eighth on the turf. Gary A. Tanaka's Histoire Sainte, also weighted with 113 in the Modesty, worked a half-mile in :47 4/5 Wednesday. The daughter of Kendor was third in the Grade 3 Locust Grove at Churchill Downs June 24.
Also considered likely for the Modesty are: Nancy A. Vanier's Wade for Me, 116; My Jo Lee Stable's Wild Heart Dancing, 115; Edmund A. Gann's Camargo, 114; David Carroll's Fille du Lac, 112; Kevin Halter's Sheer Bliss, 112; Stonerside Stable LLC's Illiquidity, 111; and Kenneth E. Hoffman's Singsingasong, 107.
NEW TODAY AS FULL-CARD SIMULCAST: SARATOGA AND DEL MAR
Today, full-card simulcasts at Arlington include Saratoga and Del Mar.
A full-card simulcast of the races from Saratoga Race Course begins at 12 Noon (CDT) while the full-card simulcast of the Del Mar program begins at 4 p.m.
COUNTDOWN TO 4,000
Jockey Tim Doocy remains one win away from the 4,000-win milestone. The count going in today: Tim Doocy - 3,999 career wins, Arlington Total: 24.
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