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Barn Notes: Saturday, September 28, 2013

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/28/2013 #
  • Tamazula breaking her maiden Aug. 24 (Four Footed Fotos)

In Today’s Notes: Team Tamazula Decides on Mazarine; Jockey Race Far From Finished; Indiana Stakes with Strong Breeding Ties to Arlington

Hernandez Racing Club’s Tamazula, one of the mores impressive maiden winners this meet, is to be pointed toward Grade III Mazarine Stakes on Oct. 5, according to trainer Armando De La Cerda.        “I’m going to Canada with her.  I worked her today at Hawthorne (Race Course) and she went in 1:02 (for five furlongs) easy and by herself. She’s ready,” the conditioner stated. 

Last out, the Florida-bred daughter of freshman sire Two Step Salsa ran a solid fourth in the Listed $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie in what was her third lifetime start and only two weeks after her swift maiden victory.  The run, though a disappointing loss for her connections, should set her up well from a fitness perspective to run well at Woodbine. 

“I feel like she’s going to run big,” De La Cerda said.  “She worked better today than she did last week in company at Arlington.  It was her first time working on dirt and I think maybe she likes it more than the Polytrack.”

Such an affinity could be an asset in the future, if all goes well.  “If she wins or gets second, we’ll consider going to the Breeders’ Cup,” De La Cerda stated.  “The way she ran today, we know she likes the dirt.  She’s a nice filly and has a lot of class.”

De La Cerda also confirmed that Hernandez Racing Club’s Ultimo Trago, a winner of three consecutive turf allowances at Arlington this season, is to enter the Grade III Hawthorne Derby, which is to be run Oct. 5.  “Ultimo Trago worked today nice and easy in 1:01 (for five furlongs) on the dirt and will go in the Hawthorne Derby.  He’s really developing,” the conditioner said. 

De La Cerda also stated that stable star and multiple Arlington stakes winner La Tia – also owned by Hernandez Racing Club – will make the last start of her season in the restricted Illini Princess Handicap on Oct. 26 before pointing toward Arlington’s 2014 season.

Going into Saturday’s card, the jockey’s race is far from over with two days remaining.  Apprentice Emmanuel Esquivel holds a six-win lead over Arlington veteran James Graham, with many rides between them before the end of the meet on Sunday. 

Esquivel rides 10 races on Saturday – every race except for the 4th – while Graham rides six.  Graham and Esquivel will ride head-to-head in the second, fifth, seventh, ninth, 10th and 11th races.  On Sunday, Esquivel rides in the first nine races, while Graham rides in the third, fourth, fifth and seventh through 10th.  Graham, who has already achieved a five-bagger this month, has consistently proven a tough customer to count out because of his affinity for multi-win days.

Though on the surface the two Indiana-bred stakes for juveniles on Saturday do not seem to hold much relevance for Arlington fans, there are two interesting local rooting interests.  In the sixth race, the $85,000 City of Anderson Stakes, Chapparra will represent owner Leo Rodriguez of Illinois-based Sugar Daddy Stable – currently seventh in the Arlington owners standings with 12 wins and a 24% strike rate.  More intriguing is that the filly, a son of Repriced, won his debut last month at Arlington as the first homebred to race for Rodriguez.  Miguel Mena will ride from post three with a morning line odds of 8-1. 

The next race, the Hillsdale Stakes for Indiana-bred colts, features a colt co-bred by Arlington Stakes Coordinator George Berry.  Salty Rim, a son of Limehouse trained by co-breeder Michael Lauer for Penny Lauer, will be ridden by Lonnie Meche from post nine and is listed at 9-2 on the morning line as part of a three-horse Lauer entry.