Aztec Brave, Eden Prairie Head Arlington Stakes Races

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September 23, 2015 01:05pm

Eleven runners have entered the $50,000 Teleprompter Stakes, including four stakes winners and Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Grade I-placed Pablo del Monte. At one mile on Arlington International Racecourse’s turf course, the Teleprompter is named after the winner of Arlington’s 1985 ‘Miracle Million’ winner.

 

Topping and capping the field from his 11-post is Brad Grady’s multiple stakes winner Aztec Brave, from the barn of talented young conditioner Joe Sharp. A winner last out of the Listed $100,000 West Virginia Speaker’s Cup at Mountaineer on Aug. 1, he was also a good third in the Grade III $100,000 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth on May 16 one race prior. Rosemary Homeister, Jr., is slated to ride from the outside.

 

The aforementioned Pablo del Monte enters off a layoff from July. In that event, a conditioned allowance going six furlongs on Arlington’s Polytrack main course, the son of Giant’s Causeway – who was bred by his trainer Wesley Ward – got the better of Creative Art and multiple stakes winner Sweet Luca. Pablo del Monte, who placed in the Grade I $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at three, gets the return services of leading jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr., from post nine.

 

Yankee Dealer earned his blacktype victory when taking the $50,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap against the likes of Sweet Luca andSuper Soldier on Aug. 8. Winning by a head that day, the Mike Reavis-trained and co-owned chestnut returned to take a salty conditioned allowance on Sept. 6 at Saratoga, defeating multiple stakes veterans in the process. The son of Yankee Gentlemen has seven wins from 12 Arlington turf starts and receives the return services of Black Tie Affair pilot Tim Thornton from post seven. Multiple Arlington allowance winner Super Soldier breaks from post two under Julio Felix for owner-trainer Michele Boyce.

 

Midnight Cello, who won the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup earlier this meet on the Polytrack was a late supplement and drew the rail under Edgar Perez. The son of Midnight Lute returned to action on Sep. 6, finishing a game second in the Listed $200,000 Presque Isle Mile. The synthetic specialist, who is only one for 11 on the turf, is owned by leading owner Patricia’s Hope and trained by Mike Tomlinson.

Regally bred 6-year-old Key to Power enters the Teleprompter in sharp form for trainer Brendan Walsh. Breaking from post four under veteran Chris Emigh, the son of Horse of the Year A. P. Indy and multiple Grade I winner Exotic Wood won the $50,000 Cliff Gilliams Handicap on Sept. 7 at 1 1/16 grassy miles at Ellis Park. Prior to that, the 10-time winner from 33 starts was sixth behind Aztec Brave at Mountaineer.

 

The remainder of the Teleprompter field is comprised of Crewman (Santo Sanjur, post three), Peej (Jerome Lermyte, post five),Stormy Pacific (Eduardo Perez, post six), Flashlight (Mitchell Murrill, post eight) and Spark Kit (Carlos Montalvo, post 10).

 

EDEN PRAIRIE AND NOTTE D’ORO RENEW RIVALRY IN MELANIE FRANCES

 

In the Teleprompter’s sister race over the same one-mile turf trip for open fillies and mares, the $50,000 Melanie Frances Stakes, talented ladies of the lawn Eden Prairie and Notte d’Oro renew a rivalry that developed at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this winter when the two talented turf specialists battled nearly the length of the long New Orleans oval’s stretch in the $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap. That day Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Notte d’Oro would get the better of her foe. Both would return five weeks later in the $60,000 Bayou Stakes, where Lothenbach Stables’ Neil Pessin-trained Eden Prairie would triumph, while her Mike Stidham-trained rival retreated to sixth.

 

Since their Big Easy battles, they have taken very different paths. Notte d’Oro has continued to clash with talented turf mares across the country, including a game fifth of 10 last out – losing by three lengths – in the Grade II $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar. One race prior, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was sixth in a blanket finish – losing by just 1¼ lengths – in the Grade II $250,000 John C. Mabee Stakes at that same course. Jose Valdivia, Jr., rides for the first time from post two.

 

Eden Prairie, who appropriately breaks just outside in post three under new rider Jerome Lermyte, has only raced once since Fair Grounds. The daughter of Mizzen Mast came back lame that day when running up the track in the Grade I $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on Apr. 11. Training well over the second half of the summer at Arlington, she leads the field with four stakes victories and $401,185 in earnings.

 

Stidham also entered two-time sprint stakes-winning 4-year-old filly Pirate’s Trove, who will be making her two-turn debut after seven races at seven furlongs or less. The daughter of Speightstown should show speed off her seventh in the 6½-furlong Grade II $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters at its namesake course. She breaks from post seven and receives the services of veteran E. T. Baird for owner Al Shahania Racing.

 

Team Block’s improving homebred Be Playful must be respected when she breaks from post six under Edgar Perez. In sharp form, the Illinois-bred daughter of Pure Prize has done little wrong in 2015, finishing first or second in all seven starts, including a runner-up effort last out to Cabana in the $60,000 Mike Spellman Memorial on Aug. 8.

 

Named after Frank DeRosa’s graded stakes-winning mare who counted the Grade III Pucker Up, Real Delight Handicap and Pattee Canyon Handicap among her nine Arlington victories, the Melanie Frances goes as race six and commences the final pick-5 of the 2015 season. The remainder of the field is comprised of Fingers Crossed (Tim Thornton, rail), Distorted Type (Mitchell Murrill, post four), Puntsville (Chris Emigh, post five) and Innovative Idea (Julio Felix, post eight).

 
Source: Arlington Park

 

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