Sunday, June 1, 2014

Arlington International Racecourse Barn Notes: Sunday, June 1

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Barn Notes:  Sunday, June 01, 2014      
In Today’s Notes: 
  • Open Company Awaits I Got It All After Springfield Romp
  • Pirate’s Trove Golden in Debut at ‘Arrrlington’
  • War Dancer Considering Stars and Stripes

        Runaway Springfield Stakes winner I Got It All has earned his way into open company, according to trainer Tom Swearingen, who also owns the gelded son of Tiz Wonderful in partnership.  On Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse, the bay dismantled eight other Illinois-registered colts and geldings en route to a 9¼-length win.  More impressively, I Got It All ran his final furlong (:12.48) faster than the preceding one under Emanuel Cosme to run away from his rivals.
“He’s super today,” Swearingen reported Sunday morning.  “We’re kind of undecided right now as to where we’ll take him.  We’ll, of course, give him some time and look at all the options.  We will probably have to run him in open company from now on.”
In the Springfield, I Got It All was facing new obstacles, including his initial race beyond six furlongs and first run on a synthetic surface since his debacle of a debut in September, but flourished in the face of such adversity.  In fact, the sleek Illinois-bred seemed to hint that he might have appreciated the increase in distance, while displaying a similar closing kick to the one he had shown while winning the $100,000 Land of Lincoln Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course last out.
One possible open company option for I Got It All’s next foray is the Grade III $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows on June 28.  “That’s definitely a possibility,” Swearingen said.  “The two turns would be no issue at all.  He’ll be fine going the distance.”  Though I Got It All has never raced at 1 1/16-miles – or around two turns – the gelding’s sire Tiz Wonderful won the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club at that distance as a juvenile in his abbreviated 5-race career. 
“It was really an honor to be able to (win the Springfield) twice,” Swearingen said.  “It’s nice to win any race, but it’s really nice to win an Illinois Stakes at Arlington.”  Last year, the conditioner took the Springfield with 31-1 maiden shocker Reigning Catfish.  “I do have to say that (I Got It All) is one of my favorites already – he’s just very talented.”
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Swearingen also confirmed that fellow stakes-performing charge Kip Berries is on target to defende her title in the $100,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap on June 14 at Arlington.  The very swift daughter of Kipling worked an easy five furlongs in 1:03.40 on Sunday morning. 
“She’s been such a good filly to us,” he said.  “I’m optimistic she’ll run very well.  We wanted a grass race race – like last year – to prepare her for (the Isaac Murphy), but one would not go.  We didn’t expect the main track prep to come up that tough.”  Kip Berries faced salty allowance/stakes horses Flower Spell and Chortle and faded after setting a very swift pace in her seasonal bow.  The 8-year-old mare has won 11 of her 33 starts and competed in the Isaac Murphy the last four years, including a second-place showing in 2010.
The other breakout performance of Saturday afternoon at Arlington International Racecourse aside from I Got It All’s romp in the Springfield Stakes came in the third race when Gary and Suzanne Biszantz’s Pirate’s Trove swabbed the deck with seven other fillies in a 6½-furlong maiden special weight by 12¼ lengths.  Under meet-leading rider Florent Geroux for purse-leading trainer Mike Stidham (second in wins), the daughter of Speightstown broke on top and never looked back, while hand-ridden to a rapid 1:17.56.
Pirate’s Trove was bred by WinStar Farm and M R Capital and had put in a series of works at Arlington and Keeneland leading up to her unveiling, including a spritely :59.80 for five furlongs on May 4 – second-fastest of 40 that day.  She is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed sprinter/miler Authenticat, who was third to Breeders’ Cup Champion Informed Decision in the 2009 Grade III Chicago Handicap and flourished on synthetic and grass surfaces.
        Diamond M Stable’s War Dancer, who recently took down Arlington fan-favorite Suntracer in the Grade III $100,000 Louisville Handicap in a stretch-long battle, is possible to take on that rival again in the Grade III $150,000 Stars and Stripes on July 12.  Trainer Kenny McPeek reported via text that his charge would also consider other marathons across the country, including the Grade I $500,000 United Nations Stakes on July 6 at Monmouth Park. 
        War Dancer, by hot sire War Front, also won the Grade II $500,000 Virginia Derby in 2013 and was a sharp second in the Grade II $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland on April 25 – his first attempt at a marathon distance.  The dark bay seems to have found a niche in longer turf races and has been training very well  in Kentucky – including a :59 bullet for five furlongs on May 17 at Keeneland.


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