Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Monday, September 3, 2018

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/03/2018 #
  • Winning Envelope (Coady Photography)

  • Kids' Cup (Coady Photography)

  • Winning Envelope Targets Arlington-Washington Lassie
  • Chicago Silks Win in ‘Kids’ Cup’


Lothenbach Stable’s Winning Envelope had captured the attention of trainer Chris Block before she ever entered his care.  After spotting the 2-year-old daughter of More Than Ready on the track in the mornings, he thought she showed potential. Then following an astounding six-length maiden special weight victory on August 11 at Arlington International Racecourse, Block and Robert Lothenbach made an offer to privately purchase the filly. They will find out if their projections for her potential were right when she enters the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie, a seven-furlong event over the Polytrack on September 8. 

Prior to joining Block’s contingent, Winning Envelope was trained by Justin Johns and owned by Krystal Holsapple – the wife of Block’s blacksmith Hutch Holsapple.

“I had followed her since she came [to Arlington],” Block said. “I saw her breeze the first couple of times and I was very interested in her. After she ran I told Mr. Lothenbach to keep an eye on her because she was very talented. We were lucky enough to be able to acquire her.

“Ever since she’s been in my barn she has trained really well. I think as with any two-year-old, mentally, she’s taken steps forward each day and learned more of what [racing] is all about; she’s relaxing and enjoying herself out there. She’s had a couple of breezes since we’ve got her in the barn and they’ve both been good. We’re sitting on go for Saturday.”

Block and Lothenbach will be eyeing their second straight victory in the Arlington-Washington Lassie after capturing last year’s edition with Bet She Wins.

“Bet She Wins was one that I just put in there on a whim after she broke her maiden,” Block said. “She got moved up via disqualification and I had nowhere else to go with her at that point other than wait until Keeneland. I figured I’d take a shot with her, try her on the synthetic around one turn and wheel her back in two weeks. It was a totally different situation than this. But (Winning Envelope) really shows the talent.”

Winning Envelope was purchased by Hutch Holsapple for $3,000 from the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Winning Envelope comes from the same family as Grade I winners Room Service and Aubby K.

Other possible contenders for the Arlington-Washington Lassie include Chrome Attack, Craft Show, Get None, Thunderous Gem and Wakeeta. Saturday will also feature the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity, a juvenile stakes event run at seven furlongs on the main track. Entries will be drawn on Wednesday, September 5.


The 3rd annual Design Your Own Silks contest added a bit of color to the sixth race at Arlington International Racecourse on Sunday.

Every Sunday, young visitors to the Junior Jockey Zone at Arlington have been given a chance to design silks to be worn in a race by coloring in blank templates. Three final designs were chosen for the ‘Kids’ Cup’ as called by track announcer John G. Dooley, and recreated into two sets of silks, one for the child designers and one for their jockey. Families of the winners were invited to the track on the final Family Day Sunday for Arli Goes Back to School, where the designers were presented with their silks before the race and given the opportunity to be photographed with the jockey wearing their design.

The silks were donned by riders Chris Emigh for Asiel Stable LLC, Jose Valdivia, Jr. for Cherrywood Racing Stables, II, Terry Biondo and Laura Donohoe, and Edgar Perez for Antonio Meraz. In the end it was Ellery’s design incorporating the Chicago flag that crossed the wire first, worn by Perez aboard Konza Khrome.