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Barn Notes: Thursday, August 30, 2012

In Today's Notes: Stephen Foster Winner Pool Play Set for Washington Park 'Cap; Mister Marti Gras Seeking Second Win in Washington Park 'Cap; Ballyjamesduff Scratched Thursday for Run in Washington Park

Mister Marti Gras Seeks Washington Park 'Cap Title Defense

Lothenbach Stables' 2011 Washington Park Handicap winner Mister Marti Gras will be co-highweighted at 119 pounds in his title defense in the Grade III $150,000 race that will be run Saturday at nin

Barn Notes: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In Today's Notes: Four Days of Fun Scheduled for Arlington's Labor Day Weekend; Workin for Hops Ready to Try Saturday's Washington Park 'Cap; Beverly D. Runner Kapitale Works for Woodbine's Canadian Stakes; Torres, Graham Stay in Tight Battle for Leading Rider Honors

Barn Notes: Sunday, August 26, 2012

In Today's Notes: Mister Marti Gras Works for Saturday's Washington Park 'Cap; Pool Play Prepares in Canada for Washington Park Handicap; Jockey James Graham Rides Two Winners Saturday

Barn Notes: Saturday, August 25, 2012

In Today's Notes: Trainer Neil Pessin: Ambassador for Racing at Arlington; Hall of Fame Jockey Pat Day Reached 7,000 Wins 15 Years Ago Today; Visitation for Margaret Sudberry on Sunday in Pekin, Illinois

Barn Notes: Friday, August 24, 2012

In Today's Notes: Arlington Trainer Michele Boyce Stays Focused On The Future; Dr. Fager's Big Day at Arlington Came 44 Years Ago Today

Barn Notes: Thursday, August 23, 2012

In Today's Notes: Upperline, 'Willcox' Exit Beverly D., Million 'In Good Shape'; Catalano, Stidham Stay One-Two in Trainer Standings; Torres, Graham Continue Duel for Leading Rider Honors; Maywood's Joe Mazzone Arlington's Announcer for Thursday

Barn Notes: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In Today's Notes: History Favors Future of Inaugural American St. Leger; Beverly D. Pace Setter Romacaca Returns 'Happy and Sassy'; All Stormy Exits Secretariat Stakes Ready to Run Again

Arlington Million Attendance of 34,022 Best in More Than Two Decades

The 2012 Arlington Million/International Festival of Racing Day crowd of 34,022 not only represented a 10% increase from the 31,069 that attended the 2011 International Festival of Racing, it also

International Festival Barn Notes: Sun., Aug. 19

In Today's Notes: Germany's Kapitale to Keep Campaign in North America; Europeans in Fine Fettle Sunday Shortly Before Flight Time; Inaugural American St. Leger One for the Books; Hall of Famer Fires Made History 22 Years Ago Today

Little Mike Stands Up for America in Arlington Million XXX

LITTLE MIKE STANDS UP FOR AMERICA IN ARLINGTON MILLION XXX

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 18, 2012)—After breaking in full stride to take immediate control of the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million, Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Kentucky-based Little Mike made the pace throughout and withstood a late surge by Darley Stud Management’s European-based Afsare to save the day for the America’s equine team in the last of the four races that now make up Arlington’s International Festival of Racing.

I’m A Dreamer Is The Only One In Beverly D. Score

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2012) – After butting heads with some of Europe’s top older females, I’m A Dreamer found the reality of American racing much more to her liking on Saturday at Arlington Park, winning the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes by a head over Marketing Mix.

Quotes for the Grade I Arlington Million

Carlo Vaccarezza (owner/breeder of winner Little Mike): “If anyone asks, we can go a mile and a half.  To be honest I was on pins and needles, nobody believed in this horse. You know the horse better than anyone else. This horse ran tremendously. Dale Romans did a fantastic job."

Quotes for the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes

Mirco Demuro (Kapitale, 4th) –"She broke very well, but then she needed the race. She was on break for eight months, so I didn't want to pressure her too much. I had to stay a little bit behind because I didn't want to kill her on the first part of the race. Unfortunately the pace was not that fast, like it used to be in the United States. So it's very difficult to come from behind. She ran a fantastic race. She was out for eight months so she will improve a lot for the next time. I hope she can stay in the United States so I can come back to ride her and win a Group 1 here, because it's very emotional, I hope to ride in the United States."

French Invader Bayrir Takes Secretariat

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2012) -- Bayrir found American soil and 1 ¼ miles to his liking, as the His Highness the Aga Khan’s French-bred Medicean colt shipped over and swept by a good group of 3-year-old turf males to win the Grade I $500,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park.

Quotes for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes

Alain de Royer-Dupre (trainer Bayrir, winner) – “I think he’s a very good horse, because he’s very calm, as you saw before the race. We had a good pace in the race, and he has a good turn of foot.”

Quotes for the $400,000 American St. Leger Stakes

Colm O’Donoghue (rode Jakkalberry, winner) – “Mrs. Botti was very confident in him. They said he is in good form, he gave me a lot of confidence rating him, we expected a good run. My horse was the class he can really run.

Favored Jakkalberry Lives Up To Billing In Inaugural American St. Leger Stakes

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2012) – Irish-bred Australian-owned Jakkalberry lived up to his advance billing as the horse to beat in the inaugural edition of the $400,000 American St. Leger when the son of Storming Home overtook the pace-setting Illinois-bred Ioya Bigtime to win the mile and eleven-sixteenths race by 2 ¼ lengths in 2:49.01, which establishes the course record for the distance.

Francois Wins The Straight Line, Julia's Star Wins Hatoof Div. 1

Congratulations to Francois, winner of The Straight Line!

Also, congratulations to Julia's Star, winner of the Hatoof Div. 1!

Barn Notes: Saturday, August 18, 2012

In Today’s Notes:  

Suntracer, Vertiformer Out of American St. Leger Stakes
Three Riders With Chance to Sweep Illinois’ Three Grade I Stakes
Dominguez, O’Donoghue Also Slated for American St. Leger Stakes
Trainers With Multiple International Festival Starters