Old-timers Brass Hat, Silverfoot, and d Rumor Has It figure to fight it out in the $125,000 Stars and Stripes Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 12 furlongs on Labor Day at Arlington Park Sept. 7.
The Stars and Stripes, which attracted a field of six distance specialists, shares top billing on the program with a second grade III turf event, the $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
Trained by Buff Bradley for his father, owner/breeder Fred Bradley, the 8-year-old gelding Brass Hat comes into the race in solid form. A nine-time winner in his 32-race career with earnings of more than $2 million, the bay son of Prized ran third with a belated rally in Saratoga's Sword Dancer (gr. IT) in his last start Aug. 15. Brass Hat also ran third in the United Nations (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park on July 4, which followed a win in the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 23. That is Brass Hat's only triumph in five starts at the 1 1/2-mile distance.
Victories have not been plentiful for the productive 9-year-old gelding Silver Foot in the last couple of seasons, but both of his wins over that span have come at Arlington. They include last year's Stars and Stripes, which he took by two lengths. The son of With Approval also won the Tin Man over the Arlington turf course as the favorite June 6. Trained by Dallas Stewart for Stephanie Clark's Chrysalis Stables, the Silver Foot followed that effort with a sixth-place finish in the Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 11, though he was beaten by only 2 1/4 lengths. An 11-time winner in 36 lifetime starts with earnings of $944,075, Silverfoot has won twice in 16 attempts at the 12-furlong distance.
The 8-year-old Rumor Has It has posted back-to-back wins at Arlington coming into the race, including a neck victory in the Rossi Gold at 1 3/16 miles on the grass in his most recent effort Aug. 1. The dark bay Awesome Again gelding won last year's Kentucky Cup Turf (gr. IIT) at Kentucky Downs, his only victory in three tries at the 1 1/2-mile distance. David Hinsley trains Rumor Has It, who has earned $291,156 while winning six of 29 races, for James F. Glenn and William S. Patterson.
The 4-year-olds Caberneigh, the Illinois-bred Free Fighter, and Guadalcanal complete the field. All are seeking their first graded stakes victories.
$125,000 Stars and Stripes Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT, Race 6, 3:35 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/2 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Rumor Has It (KY), E E Perez, 116, D H Hinsley
2. Brass Hat (KY), J K Court, 117, W Bradley
3. Free Fighter (IL), J Graham, 114, C M Block
4. Caberneigh (KY), J Alvarado, 113, T F Proctor
5. Guadalcanal (FL), F Geroux, 114, F J Seitz
6. Silverfoot (KY), C A Emigh, 118, D Stewart