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Barn Notes: Monday, Sept. 5

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/05/2011 #

In Today's Notes: Junior Wins 4 – Jumps In Race for Arlington's Jockey Championship; Always Here Too, 'Lucky' Work for Arlington-Washington Lassie; Shared Property Works for Arlington-Washington Futurity

Jockey Junior Alvarado, Arlington's jockey champion two years ago and runner-up last year, rode four winners Sunday at the local oval to follow his riding triple Saturday and continue his late season assault on this summer's local leading rider honors.

Current leading rider James Graham, out of town for Monday's Labor Day program, leads the standings entering the 10-race holiday program with 67 wins, followed by jockey J. Z. Santana, who has 62 wins through Sunday and is listed to ride six horses Monday.

Alvarado, a 25-year-old native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, enters Labor Day with 60 wins at the meeting despite being sidelined five weeks with a broken collarbone and is scheduled astride eight mounts on the holiday program.

Three of Alvarado's Monday mounts are morning line favorites and two others are pegged as second choices in the morning line.

On Saturday at Arlington, Alvarado won the opener on Harry Rosenblum's Sacred Honor for trainer Wayne Catalano, came back to the winner's circle after the third aboard Pin Oak Stable's Wabash Moon for conditioner Donnie K. Von Hemel, returned once again after the seventh on Scott Heider and Michael Dahir's Monastic for trainer Tom Proctor and completed his win quartet on Glen Hill Farm's I'll Show Them in the eighth race to give Proctor a training double.

Defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano also registered a training double by saddling Carolyn Wilson's Pray to win the sixth with jockey Brandon Meier aboard after winning the first race with Alvarado.

Jockey Brandon Meier also ended up with two wins for the day after winning the second half of the Daily Double aboard Asiel Stable's Vitae for trainer Carlos Silva.

Pop-A-Top LLC's Always Here Too, who broke her maiden by 3 1/2-lengths at Ellis Park in her second career start, worked five furlongs handily in 1:00.80 at Arlington Monday morning in preparation for a start in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie as Chicago's main event for 2-year-old fillies.

Jockey James Graham was aboard for the move on the Tom Amoss trainee, who galloped out three-quarters in 1:13.40. Leandro Goncalves is scheduled to have the mount Saturday astride Always Here Too.

Glen Hill Farm's Struck It Lucky worked five-eighths handily in 1:02 Monday morning in advance of the Lassie with an exercise rider aboard the Tom Proctor-conditioned Ontario-bred. She is a daughter of Smart Strike out of a Red Ransom mare.

Struck It Lucky broke her maiden by 2 1/4-lengths at first asking over Arlington's Polytrack on August 21 with jockey Junior Alvarado in the irons.

Others likely for the Lassie at this time are: William Cox's Ann of the Dance, Mike Anderson Racing's Awesome Gisel, Livin the Dream Racing 2010 LLC's Dream Pegasus, Richard Ravin's Essence of Bubbles, Frank Fletcher's Rocket Twentyone and Michael Helmbrecht's Venetian Sonata.

Jerry Namy's Shared Property, who broke his maiden by four lengths in his only career start at Ellis Park on July 30, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60 at Arlington Monday morning in preparation for a start in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity as Chicago's signature race for 2-year-olds.

The altered son of Scat Daddy out of the Belong to Me mare Yoursmineours then galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 with jockey James Graham in the irons.

Trained by Tom Amoss, Shared Property will be ridden by Leandro Goncalves in Saturday's Arlington-Washington Futurity.

Others considered likely at this time for the 76th renewal of the Arlington-Washington Futurity are Silverton Hill's Heiko, Alice Mettler's Hogy, Lantern Hill Farm's Motor City, Leanard Blach and Ray Willis's No Spin, Bluegrass Hall LLC's Ormond Quay, Stephen Baker's Saturday Launch, Lloyd DeBruycker's Squid, Chuck and Maribeth Sanford and Secure Investments' Take Charge Indy and B. Jock LLC's Twelve Hundred.