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Barn Notes: Saturday, June 3
Trainer Joan Scott Makes Her Presence Felt at Arlington Park;E. T. Scores a Hat Trick; Ties Injured Alvarado for the Lead;Workin for Hops Works Saturday; Churchill’s Firecracker Next?
TRAINER JOAN SCOTT MAKES HER PRESENCE FELT AT ARLINGTON PARK
There was a new sheriff in town briefly Friday afternoon – Dan Considine and Pine Lake Bloodstock’s Sheriff Bullock – and that sophomore gelding rode off gallantly into the sunset on a trip back to Kentucky after prevailing by three-quarters of a length in Friday’s finale.
Sheriff Bullock was saddled by Kentucky-based trainer Joan Scott, and as guests of Arlington Park found out Friday afternoon, she can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.
“Yes, this is my first winner here at Arlington this summer,” Scott said as she hosed down Sherriff Bullock in the tunnel immediately after the race, “but it’s also the first horse I’ve brought up here this year. One for one, can’t do much better than that can you? Come to think of it, that was also my record at Saratoga a couple of summers ago.”
When she does come back, Scott will be a welcome and interesting addition to Arlington’s trainer colony. After growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she got her first pony at age 8, she showed and trained horses and ponies as a youngster. As a young adult, she galloped for and worked as an assistant to trainers like Hall of Famers Bud Delp and Carl Nafzger, as well as other prominent horsemen such as Dickie Small, Al Stall Jr. and Hal Wiggins. In that capacity she traveled from California to New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida with intermediate stops in Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Illinois, but she also has worked on farms in England and France exercising and breaking horses. She opened her own public training stable in 2002 and is based in Kentucky during the summer and Florida during the winter months.
“Right now, I have about 15 horses in training that ready to run, but you can’t run an operation like mine without good help,” Scott said the morning after her initial Arlington success. “My assistant Aldana Gonzalez is invaluable to me. Today, I’m running a couple of horses at Churchill, but obviously someone has to be at the barn. The whole secret of this business is to have good help. I’ll be coming back to Arlington with other horses, and I’ll be studying the condition book the next few days to see which of my horses might fit which races.
“Maybe I should quit now so I don’t screw up my perfect record at Arlington this season,” she joked, “but I plan to keep coming back all summer long.”
E. T. SCORES A HAT TRICK; TIES INJURED ALVARADO FOR THE LEAD Veteran jockey E. T. Baird, 44, born and raised in Chicago, had a riding triple Friday at Arlington Park to move into a tie for the lead with the sidelined Junior Alvarado in the local jockey standings entering Saturday’s 19th day of the 2011 season.
Alvarado, Arlington’s riding champion in 2009 and runner-up last season, enjoyed a significant lead in this summer’s standings before breaking his collarbone in a riding accident here on May 27. The Venezuelan native, who appeared in the winner’s circle Friday to accept his jockey of the month award for May, is expected to be out of action for about six weeks.
Baird, who finished eighth in last season’s standings after having the lead at the half-way mark of the session, is currently 10th on Arlington’s all-time leading rider list.
Friday’s triple for Baird began in the fourth race on Casner Racing’s Sioux Zen for trainer Eoin Harty, continued in the eighth aboard Morrie Waud’s Magic Case for conditioner Jan Ely and concluded in Friday’s finale astride Dan Considine and Pine Lake Bloodstock’s Sheriff Bullock for trainer Joan Scott.
WORKIN FOR HOPS WORKS SATURDAY; CHURCHILL’S FIRECRACKER NEXT?
Estrorace’s Workin for Hops, who won Arlington’s Grade III Hanshin Cup here May 21, worked a half-mile in 48 flat Saturday morning at Arlington with assistant trainer Hilary Pridham aboard and then galloped out five eighths in 1:00.80.
“The horse is still going good,” said Arlington head clocker Bobby Belpedio. “He looked real good in that work this morning.”
Workin for Hops won last year’s 76th renewal of the $100,000 Arlington Classic and then the 96th running of the Grade II American Derby as the first two legs of the Mid-America Triple but was denied a sweep of the series when third behind Donegal Racing’s Paddy O’Prado in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day.
“We’re not sure yet exactly where his next start will be,” said trainer Mike Stidham later Saturday morning, “but we are going to take a look at the (Grade II) Firecracker Handicap at Churchill (July 4) as well as a $100,000 race up at Indiana Downs.”