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The Tabulator a Calculated Favorite in Bruce D. Memorial Stakes
A field of nine assembled for the $100,000 Bruce D. Memorial Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse on Saturday, Aug. 11. Carolyn Wilson’s The Tabulator takes a drop in class as the lone graded stakes winner in the one-mile event for 3-year-olds over the all-weather surface and looms the one to beat. The Bruce D. Memorial is the first of five stakes carded for the International Festival of Racing. The Grade III $100,000 Pucker Up Stakes, Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes, Grade I $600,000 Beverly D. and Grade I $1,000,000 Arlington Million also highlight the festival.
Trained by five-time Arlington leading trainer Larry Rivelli, the son of Dialed In kicked off his sophomore season with a 6¼-length victory in the Golden Circle Stakes at Prairie Meadows on May 3. As a juvenile he romped on debut over Arlington’s main track, winning by nine lengths when sprinting 4½ furlongs last May, followed by a win on the dirt when facing stakes company in the Prairie Gold Juvenile. The Tabulator captured the Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs last fall before finishing fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. A winner in four of his seven career starts, the Kentucky-bred colt is looking to rebound from his off form in his last two efforts against stakes company. Jose Valdivia, Jr. will pair once again with The Tabulator as the duo emerges from post seven.
Looking to challenge The Tabulator is Super XLIV’s Nobrag Justfact who tries the synthetic surface for the first time. In his most recent start the son of The Factor was second as a 42-1 longshot beaten one length by Sniper Kitten in the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park on June 23. This solid effort at a big price came after defeating winners in a first level allowance over the Canterbury turf on June 3, a race where he beat next-out winner Stormy Sailor. Nobrag Justfact broke his maiden going one-mile over the lawn at Keeneland Race Course. The Eric Heitzmann trainee will be guided by Brian Hernandez, Jr. from post five.
Moabo Stable’s Strollin The Bayou will be the lone filly in the field when she breaks from gate nine under Carlos Marquez, Jr. The daughter of Stroll is targeting her third consecutive victory. She scored a win against Illinois-bred fillies in the Purple Violet Stakes in June followed by an open company allowance triumph over the Arlington turf last month where she defeated next out winner Fonda Romana by three-quarters of a length. Trainer Chris Block saddled Yo Carm to a victory in the Bruce D. Memorial in 2016; a win in this year’s edition would elevate Block to the winningest stakes trainer at Arlington, surpassing Hall of Famer Harry Trotsek’s record of 44.
Rounding out the field is Chief Oakie Dokie (Jose Ortiz, post one), Sir Anthony (Florent Geroux, post two), P R Radio Star (Jermaine Bridgmohan, post three), Navy Armed Guard (E.T. Baird, post four), Wile E Peyote (Jose Lopez, post six) and Nottoway (Sophie Doyle, post eight).