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Hernandez Racing Club's Illinois-bred filly La Tia remained perfect in three starts as a 3-year-old and in three starts racing on Polytrack by wiring six open company rivals in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks.
LaSala's Last Career Mount Million Preview Day? – Maybe Not
Ceremonies ensued immediately after veteran Chicago-based jockey Jerry LaSala rode Arapaho Royal's Royal Alluvial in the seventh race on Arlington's Million Preview Day July 14. Why? The popular homegrown rider – born, raised and always a resident of the Windy City – had announced just days earlier that he was retiring from the saddle effective as soon as he jumped off that mount.
In Today's Notes: Willcox Inn Returns to Arlington in Sunday's Feature Attraction; Winner Pays $163.60 in Thursday's Arlington Finale
In Today's Notes: Torres Sets Torrid Pace Thru First Half of 2012 Arlington Season; Catalano, Rivelli, Stidham: All Vie In Battle for Leading Trainer
CRACKERJACK KING POPS INTO ARLINGTON MILLION XXX MIX; BEVERLY D. FIELD NOW LIKELY TO LASSO LAW OF THE RANGE
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.
In Today's Notes: Bill Thayer Reminisces About 'Glory Days' With Harvey Vanier; Vanier Saddled Two Winners of American Derby, Modesty 'Cap; Thayer Another Legendary Figure in
In Today's Notes: Former Arlington Jock Champ Chris Emigh Rides Thursday Triple; Defending Jock Champ Graham Scores Thursday Double
In Today's Notes: Trainer Michelle Lovell One to Watch at Arlington; French-Born Jockey Florent Geroux Readies for Return; Irish-Born Jockey James Graham Scored Hat Trick Sat
Stella Perdomo's Musketier, three-time winner of the Grade III Singspiel Stakes at Woodbine Race Course, and Henry Pabst Trust's Joinem, runner-up in the Grade III Louisville Handicap at Churchill
Mark Bacon & Dana Wells' Silver Max, winner of the $125,000 Arlington Classic, the first leg of the Mid-America Triple on May 28, returns to the local oval in pursuit of that series' second leg
Phipps Stable's Boisterous, third in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap in New York on the Belmont Stakes undercard, has accepted high impost of 122 pounds as he heads a field of 11 turf specialists en
Upperline Seeks Second Arlington Stakes Score of 2012 in Grade III Modesty Handicap on Million Preview Day
Stone Farm, John Adger, Oak Crest Farm & Mike Stidham's Arlington Matron winner Upperline looks to become the first horse since Belle of Cozzene in 1996 to win both the Matron and Grade III $20
Saint Leon's Victory in Arlington Sprint One Miraculous Story
Margaret Burlingham's locally based Saint Leon was fastest away from the gate in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint and was able to maintain that advantage to hold off the furious rally of 2010 champion