Knock Knock - Arlington’s Saturday Feature – the Arlington Oaks!

Some of the best female three year olds in the country take to the Polytrack at Arlington on Saturday for the Grade 3 $150,000 Arlington Oaks! This race shaped up to be a pretty good field as 8 head postward in this 9 furlong battle. Let’s analyze this race…


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James Graham retains the mount on local runner Lady Candidate who is a perfect 2-for-2 on the Arlington main track. This horse can definitely show some speed but I wonder if it will be enough to catch blistering pace setter La Tia.

La Tia has had a perfect 2012 campaign thus far and it seems she has just figured out how to win. Her last two starts were against state-bred competition as she broke her maiden by 9 lengths then destroyed the field in the Purple Violet Stakes by over 8 lengths. Not bad so far, right? She makes her first trip around two turns but with grandfathers like Storm Cat and Sky Classic, I think she should be able to handle the distance just fine. If she can get loose on the lead and slow down the pace, she might be able to take this one.

The morning line favorite Treasured Up, son of Medaglia D’oro, didn’t miss by much in the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill Downs back on June 16th. She is rested and has posted some good work outs for trainer Al Stall. Miguel Mena gets the mount and wins 25% of his races for conditioner Stall. So obviously this horse is the class of the field, right? She definitely seems to be improving and at the right time as well. We’ll see how her recent turf form translates back over to the Polytrack.

Breeders’ Cup hopeful from last season, Ann of the Dance, has had trouble winning since her allowance victory at Arlington last summer. However she now shows a pattern I like, and that’s a three year old improving each start off of the break. If she improves in this race, she could win and likely at a nice price for trainer Wayne Catalano.

The final horse I’m taking a look at here is Sky Dreamer (out of a Monarchos mare). While she hasn’t faced the stiffest of competition she really seemed to like the two turns on Polytrack at Woodbine. Trainer Mark Casse must think she has a great shot to win as he is sending her here all the way from the Great White North!

I’m excited to see how this one turns out! My heart is pulling for the Illinois-bred La Tia so I hope she represents Chicago well on the lead and into the winners circle!

Who do you like in this race?


Awesome! The latest in the “Behind the Silks” series is out on Arlington’s Website. Check out the latest video below!


 (Whoa - it's me - the DARK HORSE)
Greetings and welcome to my "dark" blog!  I have been a fan of horse racing since I was about 12 years old.  Growing up in Minnesota, my dad would take me and my brothers to Canterbury Downs and I would practically beg to go every weekend!!  I made my first "big" score there hitting the win, place, and exacta in the same race at age 14 (pulled in $84 with horses named Railroad Red and Racers Dream!).  I even had a poster in my bedroom of Lost Code winning the 1987 St. Paul Derby!
While finishing school in Chicago, I spent every possible moment at Arlington Park with my dad.  We took the time to develop computer programs (on the ever popular Lotus 1-2-3 for DOS) to try to find patterns and handicap races more accurately.  My dad taught me a lot about handicapping races, paying particular attention to class moves!

Since then, I have become more involved with horse racing each passing year through a variety of different media-based roles. Once deemed the "second best racing ambassador in Chicago" (hey I've been called worse), 
I now reside in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the USA and will be covering many different aspects of racing - in my unpredictable DARK HORSE STYLE!  
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