Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Thursday, Sept. 22

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/22/2011 #

In Today's Notes: Arlington Stakes Winners Have Interesting Fall Futures; Season-High Place, Show Prices Set in September; Joy Spindler Showing Grandmother's Glow; Reminder: Post Time Friday 1 p.m.

Where are the major stakes winners of Arlington's 2011 season going after the local session brings down the curtain Sunday? At first glance their futures appear quite rosy with the possibilities of further glory well within their reach.

Cape Blanco, the Irish-bred 4-year-old owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, is scheduled for a third transatlantic journey from his home base on the Emerald Isle to contest the Grade I Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.

Castleton Lyons' Gio Ponti, hero of the 2009 Arlington Million and runner-up the last two summers, is slated to contest the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 8.

Martin Schwartz's Stacelita, the 5-year-old French-bred mare who was heroine of this summer's Grade I Beverly D. Stakes, is expected to go in the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont on Oct. 1.

Jerry Namy's Shared Property, Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC and Secure Investments' Take Charge Indy and Lantern Hill Farm's Motor City, first, second and third respectively in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 10, are all likely for a rematch in Keeneland's Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity Oct. 8.

Frank Fletcher's Rocket Twentyone, heroine of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, is likely to go to Keeneland for the Grade I Darley Alcibiades Oct. 7, while Richard Ravin's Essence of Bubbles, runner-up in the Lassie, will head to Delta Downs with a long-range goal of the Grade III Delta Princess Stakes in mid-November.

All In Stable's Willcox Inn, winner of the Grade II American Derby but fourth in the Grade I Secretariat, was scheduled to ship to Delaware Park for the Grade III Kent Stakes this Saturday but is quite likely to not make the trip due to inclement weather on the East Coast, according to trainer Mike Stidham on Thursday morning.

Lothenbach Stables' Mister Marti Gras, who won the Grade III Washington Park Handicap on Labor Day weekend here, is now scheduled to run in the Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup Oct. 8.

Frank Mancari's Free Fighter, hero of the Grade III Stars and Stripes Handicap, has been turned out until April and is currently eating grass in the appropriately-named Custer Park, according to trainer Michael Reavis.

Lastly, Glen Hill Farm's Marketing Mix, heroine of the Grade III Pucker Up as the final stakes of Arlington's 2011 season last weekend, will likely make her next start in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 15.

Green Lantern Stable's Sea Level Drive, who finished second in the Pucker Up, might be considered for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup if an invitation was offered.

The highest win price of Arlington Park's 2011 season which has only four racing days left was established three months ago, but season-high place and show wagers were both recorded earlier this month.

Michael and Shannan Meehan and Byington Stables' In All Directions lit up the tote board with a $155.20 straight payoff based on a $2 wager on June 23, but the highest place payoff was recorded one week ago on Sept. 15 when Antonio Merez's Pocanella paid $57.40.

The highest show payoff of the summer so far was recorded two weeks ago on Sept. 9 when Tracy Marshall's Mona Mona returned $38.20 for finishing third.

Last week's announcement that jockey Florent Geroux had become a father for the first time had other Arlington implications. That's because the baby girl's grandmother is Arlington's assistant director of mutuels Joy Spindler.

Olivia Mathilde Geroux was born to Geroux and Spindler's daughter Kasey on Sept. 15 weighing 5 lbs. 12 oz. and was measured at 19 inches.

Geroux won his first race with his new status of fatherhood Saturday aboard Butterfly Stables' David D for trainer Dave Kassen.

Arlington Park guests and fan of Arlington's simulcast signal are reminded that Friday's post time is 1 p.m.