Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Thursday, September 13, 2018

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/13/2018 #
  • Into Trouble (Coady Photography)

  • Chris Emigh (Coady Photography)

  • Into Trouble Could Target Grade I Darley Alcibiades
  • Emigh Relishes Special Arlington Victory


Following a victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie, trainer Ben Colebrook will consider racing Into Trouble in the Grade I $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland Race Course on October 6 – a two-turn Grade I event for juvenile fillies contested over 1 1/16-miles on the dirt.

Owned by Donamire Farm, the 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief maintained an undefeated record when winning the Lassie in her second career start. Prior to her stakes victory over the all-weather surface at Arlington International Race Course, Into Trouble broke her maiden by two lengths over the main track at Ellis Park on August 11.

“Her last breeze was really good [on the Polytrack],” Colebrook said of Into Trouble’s pre-race half-mile move at Keeneland Race Course. “She did handle the surface, but you just never know when they haven’t raced over it before. She’s very classy and just a really, really nice filly.”

Into Trouble sat just off the lead in her maiden victory, but saw a change in tactics in the Lassie where she closed from well off of the pace to score by a margin of 2¾ lengths.

Colebrook is still in search of his first Grade I victory as a trainer. He is a seven-time winner of graded stakes including the 2016 Grade III Arlington Classic with Surgical Strike as well as last two editions of the Grade II Churchill Downs Stakes with Limousine Liberal.

Into Trouble is out of the Benchmark broodmare Smooth Performer, who was a winner over the synthetic surface at the now-defunct Hollywood Park and finished second in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks in 2008. Smooth Performer has produced five others foals of racing age, two of which are winners. Her yearling filly by Honor Code was consigned by Benz Thoroughbreds as Hip 423 in Book 1 of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and sold to Tom McGreevy on behalf of Michael Stinson for $340,000.


Jockey Chris Emigh became the third-winningest rider of all time at Arlington International Racecourse when taking Saturday afternoon’s seventh race aboard Sea Diva ($8.80).

Emigh, 47, captured win number 1,079 at the Chicagoland oval when guiding the 4-year-old daughter of Midshipman to victory to surpass Carlos Silva (1,078) for the title. He now trails only Hall of Fame riders Earlie Fires (2,886) and Pat Day (1,330) as Arlington’s all-time winningest jockeys. Later on the card, Emigh added Arlington victory number 1,080 to his record when taking the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie aboard Into Trouble ($30.40).

“It’s an honor and very humbling,” Emigh said. “I was always told that when I first came here that it would be tough to catch some of the guys that have been doing so well. It’s a great feeling. To be in the same sentence as two Hall of Famers is pretty nice.”

Emigh, a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, resides in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb of the Chicago area. He began riding in 1989 and has captured 16 graded stakes events in his career, eight of which took place at Arlington. Emigh was Arlington’s leading rider in 2006 and has secured a total of seven riding titles at Hawthorne Race Course.


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