In Today's Notes: Rahystrada On Course for Another Arlington Million Run; Beverly D. Rematch Possible for Romacaca and Upperline; American St. Leger Might Be 'Bigtime's Next Marathon; Leading Rider Torres Celebrates Win Quartet Saturday
Trainer Chris Block could have entered Team Block's Ioya Bigtime in either the Grade III Arlington Handicap or the Grade III Stars and Stripes Stakes but opted at entry time for the latter race, a decision which proved to be fortunate as the son of Dynaformer stole the $150,000 race at odds of 41-1 over favored Musketier.
Trainer Dale Romans has accounted for two-thirds of the 2012 Mid-America Triple after sending Albaugh Family Stable's Cozzetti to win the Grade III $200,000 American Derby by a neck in a thrilling finish over Jim Tafel's All Stormy. Shaun Bridgmohan rode the son of Cozzene who covered a mile and three-sixteenths over "good" turf in 1:57.42.
Robert Courtney Jr.'s 2010 Grade III Arlington Handicap winner Rahystrada returned to Arlington Park to capture the 2012 edition of the $200,000 turf race in wire-to-wire fashion under jockey Joel Rosario. The Scooter Hughes-trained son of Rahy went the mile and a quarter over "good" turf in 2:01.84.
Frank Calabrese's Romacaca prevailed after a prolonged stretch duel with Barbara Hunter's Snow Top Mountain to win the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap by a neck Saturday at Arlington Park. The Danny Miller-trained daughter of Running Stag covered the mile and three-sixteenths over "good" turf in 1:56.67.