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Barn Notes: Saturday, September 1, 2018

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/01/2018 #
  • Pont Du Gard (Four Footed Fotos)

  • Pont Du Gard Takes Drop in Class for Monday Allowance Event
  • Arlington-Washington Lassie, Futurity Fields Taking Shape

PONT DU GARD TAKES DROP IN CLASS FOR MONDAY ALLOWANCE EVENT

Wimborne Farm’s Pont Du Gard will receive a major form of class relief on Labor Day when he takes on eleven others in a first-level allowance optional claiming event at Arlington International Racecourse.

Trained by Ignacio Correas, IV, the 3-year-old Louisiana-bred son of Liaison last raced in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on August 11, where he finished 13th beaten 16½ lengths behind Carrick. Three starts back, he was runner-up in the Grade III Arlington Classic on May 26 behind Ezmosh.

Correas is hoping that the drop in class could land Pont Du Gard in the winner’s circle on Monday. The last time the colt raced in a non-graded stakes event was against fellow Louisiana breds on March 9 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which he won by 1¼ lengths.

“He’s training well,” Correas said. “He had one maintenance work since (the Secretariat) and that was it. He’s going to run close so not very far off the pace. We think he could be tough.”

Pont Du Gard drilled a half-mile on August 27 in 52.40. Correas indicated that his colt may not run on Monday if the race is taken off the turf.

“So far I don’t know if he’ll run if it gets taken off,” Correas said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Jacinto Herrera is named the rider of Pont Du Gard in Monday’s eighth race. He will break from post nine at 5-1 odds.

Pont Du Gard is out of the Twilight Agenda broodmare Mi Isabella who was a two-time stakes winner in Louisiana. He was bred by Cypress Hill Farm and sold for $37,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Yearling Sale in August of 2016, where he was consigned by Top Line Sales.

ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY, LASSIE FIELDS BEGINNING TO TAKE SHAPE

The fields for next Saturday’s Arlington-Washington Lassie and Arlington-Washington Futurity are beginning to come together. Both stakes events are run at seven furlongs for 2-year-olds and carry a purse of $75,000.

Possible entrants for the Arlington Washington Lassie include the likes of Craft Show – a three-quarters sibling to Giant Oak who broke her maiden at first asking on July 27 by two lengths – as well as Winning Envelope, who was an emphatic six-length winner in her August 11 career debut. Other potential contenders are Chrome Attack, Get None, Thunderous Gem and Wakeeta.

The Arlington-Washington Futurity could include stakes placed Castlewood Terrace, Indiana Grand Race Course maiden winner Distant Shore, local 3¾-length maiden winner Hide the Demon as well as Coup De Ville and Knicks Go.

Entries for both races are scheduled to be drawn on Wednesday, September 5.