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Barn Notes: Thursday, September 12, 2013

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  • Princeville Condo winning the 2011 Carey Memorial at Hawthorne. (Four Footed Fotos)

In Today’s Notes: Princeville Condo Retired; Kaner and Toews Faceoff in Arlington Race

After 17 Arlington International Racecourse races and 22 career starts overall, Terry Biondo and Cherrywood Racing’s local favorite Princeville Condo has made his final bow at the Chicagoland oval and is officially retired, according to trainer Michele Boyce.  The 8-year-old gelding who seven times went off favored with Arlington bettors was last seen running a puzzling ninth of 11 to multiple graded stakes winner Nates Mineshaft in tough one-mile turf allowance event on July 27 – five years to the day of his debut win over the same course and distance. 

“He retired sound and feeling well,” reported Boyce.  “His breathing, though, was beginning to bother him.  I probably could have gone on with him for the rest of the year, but I found the best home for him and decided it was time.  This lovely lady named Bernardette whose daughter is an assistant for (trainer) Al Stall will give him a great home.”

It was a tough but essential decision for Boyce and her team who have campaigned the colt over six seasons and earned nearly $300,000. “It’s heartbreaking, but at the same token it was wonderful to see him go to a good home.  Bernadette is a delightful person who just lost a thoroughbred she had for 19 years.  It’s very bittersweet,” Boyce explained.

Boyce is confident that ‘Prince’ will adapt well to his new life.  “He’s a very people-oriented horse.  He won’t need too much transition training.  He’s very laid back,” she explained.  “He’ll convert over to whatever discipline they put him into – whether it’s being a trail horse or whatever they wish.  He’s currently at a farm which is Claiborne Farm’s layup farm in Kentucky and I’ve seen photos – he seems very happy.” 

Throughout his career, the son of dynamite turf sprinter Morluc claimed two open stakes – Fair Grounds Racetrack’s Debartolo Memorial Handicap in December 2009 and the Hawthorne Race Course’s  Robert F. Carey Memorial in October 2011.  He placed in five other stakes, including this season’s Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington.  His dam, Perfectlywonderful, also produced Grade III Hawthorne Derby winner Best of Buddies, quality turf allowance mare Penelope Perfect and the promising Nate the Natural, who makes his debut on Saturday at Arlington.   

Boyce, on a happier note, mentioned that stable star filly Katie the Lady is being pointed toward the Illinois Owners Stakes on Sept. 21 for Barr Three and Cherrywood Racing.  For 3-year-olds and up fillies and mares over a grassy mile, the race fits the 7-year-old mares best conditions.  The daughter of Lost Soldier has placed in all three of her stakes attempts over her 17-race career – all at a mile or mile and a sixteenth on the grass.

“She’s doing fine.  I’m hoping she can get another good performance this season,” explained Boyce.  So far in four starts of 2013 – all at Arlington – she has won twice and finished second in a good allowance optional claiming last out after setting a torrid pace.  A tough customer on the front end, she too is approaching the twilight of her career.

“I’m not sure if we’re run her again next year, or breed her.  I’m not making any predictions at this stage,” Boyce explained.  “She is running well right now and came out of the last race great.  She’s a big strong filly and rebounds well.”

The Chicago Blackhawks may be conducting training camp at the University of Notre Dame but that won’t stop Kaner and Toews from facing off Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse.  The Kaner and Towes referred to here are not hockey superstars – they are racehorses, each in search of their first victory in the day’s 11th race (appox. Post time 6 p.m. CT)

The two equine athletes are owned by members of the Glander family.  Kaner races for Richard Glander while Toews races in the name of Craig Glander, Richard’s son.

Toews has one advantage heading into Saturday’s race, the fact that he has made one start although he finished seventh in that effort back on Aug. 24.  Kaner’s advantage seems to be that he is working out faster during morning training hours – though that doesn’t always transfer to a superior effort in the afternoon.

Kaner, who will start from post 2, is listed as the 5-1 second choice in the track’s official morning line while Toews, who drew post 4, is listed as a 15-1 longshot.