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Barn Notes: Friday, August 24, 2018

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/24/2018 #
  • Brittany Vandenberg on Chrome Attack (Coady Photography)

  • Brittany Vandenberg on Chrome Attack (Coady Photography)

  • Dugout Scores Rivelli First Saratoga Stakes Win
  • Brittany Vandenberg Finds Arlington Winner’s Circle


Trainer Larry Rivelli is known for his winning ways at Arlington International Racecourse, but has often proven to be very live when shipping elsewhere. On Friday afternoon he scored his first stakes win at historic Saratoga Race Course with Dugout in the Funny Cide Stakes.

Owned by Patricia’s Hope and Richard Ravin, the 2-year-old son of Adios Charlie broke his maiden in dominating fashion over a sloppy going at the upstate New York oval on July 23 by 7¼ lengths under Javier Castellano, who returned to the saddle in Friday’s win.

This time however, Dugout had to work a bit harder for another trip to the winner’s circle. Throughout the 6½-furlong journey, Dugout was right at the throat latch of fellow pacesetter Bankit. As the duo dueled to the wire, it was Dugout who put his head in front and held off the opposition to win. 

“Dugout dug in!” Rivelli said following the victory. “He’s a super nice horse and we were confident going in. Javier rode him very well.”

Rivelli stated that Dugout would target the $200,000 New York Breeders’ Futurity at Finger Lakes on September 29.

Both of Dugout’s career starts were victories over the Saratoga main track. His debut however was originally scheduled for the grass but was taken off due to weather. Rivelli would likely not race Dugout over grass any time in the near future.

“At this point, I won’t experiment until we have to,” Rivelli said. “It was a nice surprise because most of that family doesn’t run on the dirt.”

Dugout is a full-brother to stakes winner Jean Elizabeth and is out of the Lit De Justice broodmare Rooney Doodle. She produced four other offspring all of which are multiple winners.


Jockey Brittany Vandenberg earned her first win of the Arlington International Racecourse 2018 meeting on Thursday when guiding Chrome Attack to victory in the third race, a maiden claiming event going 5½ furlongs on the main track.

Vandenberg, 28, sent the juvenile daughter of Forest Attack straight to the lead in the field of six and shook off a brief challenge at the half way point before charging home to win by 2½ lengths.

“It’s amazing,” Vandenberg said of Thursday’s victory. “Past the wire I was like, ‘finally!’ Hearing the crowd when crossing the wire first is unbelievable. I’ve never felt anything else like it.”

A native of Woodslee, Ontario, Vandenberg won her first race at Thistledown aboard Lady B on September 13, 2012. Prior to her career riding Thoroughbreds, Vandenberg competed in barrel racing, bull riding and even played running back and strong safety for her high school football team.

Vandenberg has now won 75 times in her 560 starts since becoming a jockey in 2012. According to Equibase, she has acquired $613,555 in career earnings. In addition to her victory at the Chicagoland oval, she has finished second three times and third four times in her 42 starts this season.