Coming in off an empty fifth in the May 5 La Troienne (gr. I) won by Curalina at Churchill Downs, Naveed Chowhan's Brooklynsway returns to grade III company and a synthetic surface as the 123-pound highweight in a field of 11 for the $100,000 Arlington Matron (gr. III) May 28 at Arlington International Racecourse.
The 4-year-old Giant Gizmo filly upset heavy favorite I'm a Chatterbox two starts back on dirt, when she won the April 22 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland to earn her first graded score for trainer Bernie Flint.
Flint picked out Brooklynsway at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale last fall, when Chowan went to $180,000 to land her. Ontario-bred Brooklynsway won three stakes at Woodbine and placed in four others—earning more than $500,000—racing for previous owner and trainer John Ross.
Coming in to challenge for the 1 1/8-mile test over the Arlington Polytrack are two graded winners trained by Victoria Oliver—Personal Diary and She's Not Here—who both seek a return to winning form, one stretching out and one turning back. She's Not Here finished sixth last time out in the May 6 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIT) won by champion Tepin, and Personal Diary ran ninth in the May 29 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) going 1 1/2 miles, also on the lawn.
Personal Diary has not run on a synthetic surface since her 3-year-old season, when she was runner-up by a head in a Del Mar allowance. Now 5, the City Zip mare also counts back to her 2014 Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) victory for her last stakes win. She won a Keeneland allowance April 13.
She's Not Here also leaves the turf for the first time in quite a while; her last synthetic trip was a maiden victory back in 2014 at Presque Isle Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of Street Cry (IRE) won the Yellow Ribbon Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Del Mar lawn last summer.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott will sends New York-bred Flipcup in for a try. The 5-year-old Milwaukee Brew runner won the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) over the Woodbine all-weather in October, and gets a late start to the season after closing out 2015 with a fifth in the ungraded Bay Ridge at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Arlington International Racecourse, Saturday, May 28, 2016, Race 6
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1Flipcup (NY) Christopher A. Emigh 116 William I. Mott 8/1 2 2Tiz Lately (KY) Edgar Perez 116 Eduardo Rodriguez 30/1 3 3Brooklynsway (ON) E. T. Baird 123 Bernard S. Flint 3/1 4 4Bitty Kitty (KY) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 116 Brendan P. Walsh 10/1 5 5Innovative Idea (KY) James Graham 116 Eoin G. Harty 20/1 6 6No Fault of Mine (KY) Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. 116 Chris M. Block 5/2 7 7Personal Diary (KY) Jack Gilligan 116 Victoria H. Oliver 6/1 8 8City of Trix (KY) Julio E. Felix 116 Stacey Slovis 30/1 9 9Zubi Zubi Zu (KY) Mitchell Murrill 116 Michael Stidham 20/1 10 10She's Not Here (KY) Francisco C. Torres 116 Victoria H. Oliver 9/2 11 11Lady Fog Horn (IN) Albin Jimenez 116 Anthony J. Granitz 20/1