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Barn Notes: Wed. June 1
Encouraging International Festival Results From Memorial Day; Arlington Park Salutes General Charley on Memorial Day; Jockey Chris Emigh Returns With a Monday Triple; Weekly Friday Specials Abound in the Park Area This Summer
ENCOURAGING INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL RESULTS FROM MEMORIAL DAY
British-bred Dubawi Heights, a 4-year-old filly owned by Neville Callaghan, Michael Magnier, Clodagh McStay and Annabel Wyatt who is an original nominee to this summer’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes Aug. 13, made positive strides in that direction by capturing Hollywood’s Grade I Gamely Stakes by a head on Memorial Day in Southern California.
A projected next start in the Beverly D., sister race to the Arlington Million, one of three Grade I races to be run during Arlington’s International Festival of Racing on the second Saturday in August, is being considered by trainer Simon Callaghan, as is the Grade II John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar the following Sunday afternoon.
“She doesn’t need a prep race, and it doesn’t take her much to get fit,” said the 28-year-old conditioner – son of Neville Callaghan of Dubawi Heights’ ownership group.
Dubawi Heights, who was stakes-placed in England as a 2-year-old, was sidelined during the first eight months of her 3-year-old season last year because of a bone chip in a knee, a battle with colic and a tibia injury.
However, she has now won her last four straight starts and has accumulated career earnings of $655,196. After pressing the pace of Brizilian-bred Celtic Princess, another original Beverly D. nominee owned by Cudelaria Jessica, Dubawi Heights got up in the final strides with strong handling by jockey Joel Rosario.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss’s Cozi Rosie, still another original Beverly D. nominee, finish third in the Gamely, a length and three-quarters farther back.
In a Monday stepping stone toward the Arlington Million held in Texas, original Arlington Million nominee Expansion, owned by Millennium Farms, rallied late to be clearly second best in the $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup, contested over the Lone Star Park lawn at 1 1/16-miles, and could benefit from the added distance of the mile and a quarter Million.
Also over the Texas grass at Lone Star later on Monday afternoon, Mid-America Triple nominees Close Ally, owned by William Farish and Skara Glen Stables, and Derby Kitten, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, finished second and third respectively in the Lone Star Derby, run over the turf course for the first time this year. The Mid-America Triple at Arlington will continue with the Grade II American Derby July 9 and conclude with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day.
ARLINGTON PARK SALUTES GENERAL CHARLEY ON MEMORIAL DAY
Red Rabbit Racing’s General Charley, one of the most popular horses in the recent history of Arlington Park and a gelding who often attracted crowds of at least 50 fans for his frequent winner’s circle photos locally, faded into a dignified retirement Monday at Arlington during a special ceremony held in his honor between races.
Now 9-years-old, the chestnut was brought to the winner’s circle with Red Rabbit Racing’s many friends on hand and was presented with a special trophy consisting of carrots and celery. Replays of the races from General Charley’s five-race win streak last season at Arlington were shown on the infield screen.
General Charley won earlier this winter Feb. 5 in Tampa and finished his 58-start career with a third place finish March 9 at the western Florida oval.
JOCKEY CHRIS EMIGH RETURNS WITH MONDAY TRIPLE
Veteran jockey Chris Emigh, Arlington’s leading jockey in 2006 and in the top 10 among Arlington’s all-time leading riders, had a riding triple Monday at Arlington after journeying home from his 2011 summer base at Indiana Downs.
“It was well worth the trip,” Emigh said, after winning the fourth race on William Stiritz’ High Heir for trainer Scott Becker, the sixth on Mark Meyer’s Paisano Creek for conditioner Jeffrey Lynn and the Memorial Day finale aboard Beauty’s Lad for the Stiritz-Becker tandem. “I love Arlington Park. There’s so much energy here. It was like old times. I’ll keep coming in on Sundays as long as I get any mounts to ride.”
WEEKLY FRIDAY SPECIALS ABOUND IN THE PARK AREA THIS SUMMER
A slew of special Friday concession specials are available in the Park Area at Arlington this season, topped off by $2 draft beers as well as $1 mini-burgers, mini hot dogs and tacos that are increasingly attracting attention from the Park Area faithful.
Entertaining this Friday in the Park Area is the rock band “My Morning Drive,” with Friday’s first race and first song beginning at 3 p.m.