Photo: NYRA / Coglianese Photos
Jockey Frankie Dettori rose to
greatness during the height of his 18-year relationship with racing
juggernaut, Goldolphin. In 2012, the two went their separate ways
following a positive substance test by Dettori. Since the split, the
43-year-old journeyman has struggled to gain the favor of many main
players in most of the world’s biggest races. This could come to a
screeching halt on Saturday at Arlington Park.
This weekend will mark the 10th
anniversary of Dettori’s only Grade 1 win on American soil outside
of the Breeders’ Cup. In 2004, he piloted Crimson Palace to victory
in the Beverly D Stakes for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Saturday, he will attempt to capture the same race with Stephanie’s
Kitten for leading American owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
The Ramseys and their super-sod-sire,
Kitten’s Joy have a starter in seemingly every important American
turf race. Last year, they won the Arlington Million, Secretariat
Stakes and Sword Dancer Invitational on the same day with runners
sired by Kitten’s Joy.
Dettori is teaming up with Stephanie’s Kitten for the second time, after falling a neck short to Somali
Lemonade in the Diana Stakes (G1) on July 19th. “We have
Frankie (Dettori) coming in from England to ride her and we are
looking forward to seeing his flying dismount. She is back!” said
Dettori also has the mount on, Highball
in the Secretariat Stakes (G1) for trainer Wayne Catalano. The son of
Lemon Drop Kid was a late running 3rd in the local prep
(American Derby) and will be a big price, but it is Catalano who
would seem the biggest long shot to make it to the winner’s circle.
Catalano was recently released from the hospital after fighting a
serious bout of pneumonia. Ironically, Catalano and the Ramseys
parted ways late last year, which included moving Stephanie’s
Kitten to trainer Chad Brown. Stephanie’s Kitten has lost three straight since the transfer.
A trip to the winner’s circle by
Dettori or Catalano would be received with widespread approval, but their participation alone, at the game’s highest level, like will be seen Saturday afternoon at Arlington, demonstrates that
two of the sport’s biggest personalities are not going away anytime soon.