Friday, September 12, 2014

Arlington Barn Notes: Fri., Sept. 12

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Barn Notes:  Friday, September 12, 2014
In Today's Notes: 
  • Local Favorite Flower Spell Takes Show on the Road
  • Private Prospect Breeders' Cup-bound
  • Suntracer Hopes to Rebound in Kentucky

        Flower Spell, who for two seasons has been considered one of the fastest fillies on the Arlington International Racecourse grounds, takes her show on the road this weekend to Churchill Downs for the $100,000 Open Mind Stakes over six furlongs on the main course.  The daughter of Flower Spell, who has won four of her nine Arlington races and was second two starts back in the Grade III $150,000 Chicago Handicap on short rest, hopes to continue her current good form. 
        "She's doing excellent and ran big last time," said trainer Ingrid Mason, who co-owns the 4-year-old filly with Dare to Dream Stable and Little Bear Racing Stables.  "She ran huge last time at Canterbury and earned a 90 Beyer.  She has shown a new dimension and ran a different kind of race last time, coming from off the pace and running down the other horse. We've been working with her and her therapy has really helped her."
        The race she won, the Hoist Her Flag Stakes, also earned the filly a career-high 108 Equibase Speed Figure.  On the morning line at 4-1 and breaking from post three in the Open Mind, the sizeable chestnut will have to use her new stalking dimension against quality opposition like graded stakes filly Vuitton (5-2) and the promising Interest Free (3-1). 
        "She's moving in the right direction right now," Mason continued.  "Her biggest thing has always been her lungs and she's doing so much better now.  She just worked a bullet and did it very easily – but she always does.  She just cruises along and works effortlessly. (Jockey) Rosemary (Homeister, Jr.) is going to ride her again." 
        The Kentucky-bred filly has worked three consecutive bullets at Arlington, including the aforementioned move in :59.40 on Sept. 6. 
        Trainer Mike Campbell has reported that multiple stakes winner Private Prospect is pointing toward the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 1.  Owned by Mellon Patch, Inc., the son of Discreet Cat won the Prairie Gold Juvenile at 5½ furlongs on July 19 and the Prairie Juvenile Mile on Aug. 9 – both at Prairie Meadows – before finishing a bold second in last week's Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity by a head to Doubledown Stable's Recount. 
Private Prospect was claimed out of his first race by Mellon Patch for $50,000 – an Arlington International Racecourse event he won impressively by a half-length for previous trainer Keith Desormeaux, despite flipping in the paddock minutes prior.  With a two-turn dirt stakes victory and four races in 10 weeks' time, the Kentucky-bred will now train up to the Breeders' Cup.
        Team Block's Suntracer, who inexplicably ran a proverbial clunker in the Listed $400,000 American St. Leger on Aug. 16 will try to regroup and re-establish his class this weekend in the Grade III $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup at Kentucky Downs on Saturday.  He will face some familiar rivals, including War Dancer, who defeated the Chris Block-trained son of Kitten's Joy by a head in May's Grade III Louisville Handicap the last time he shipped to the Bluegrass State. 
        Suntracer gets a new jockey in Florent Geroux on Saturday and will break from post six in the 11-horse field.  The race is over a favorite distance of the Illinois-bred's – 1½ miles – and will be an opportunity for him to improve upon his valiant third-place finish in last year's event to Temeraine.  Suntracer is listed as the 9-2 second choice on the morning line.
David ZennerSenior Manager of Communications
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