Arlington H. (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , 10f ,)

COSMONAUT (GR/RO h, 121 lb) $115,200
Lemon Drop Kid —Cosmic Fire , by Capote
B—Patricia Pavlish, KY.; O—Flying Zee Stable; T—Patrick L. Biancone

Revved Up (GR/RO g, 117 lb) $38,400
Sultry Song —Win Approval , by With Approval
B—Live Oak Stud, FL.; O—Live Oak Plantation; T—Christophe Clement

Go Between (CH h, 116 lb) $21,120
Point Given —Mediation (IRE) , by Caerleon
B—Vegso Racing Stable, FL.; O—Peter Vegso; T—William I. Mott

Margins: 2¼, 2½, neck. Others: I Believe in Me 115($11,520) , Gray Suitor 115($5,760) , Lord Carmen 113($2,000) , Meadow Vespers 116($2,000) , Murch 114($2,000) , Come On Jazz 117($2,000) . Winning Jockey, Julien R. Leparoux.

Cosmonaut set the pace under jockey Julien Leparoux to win his second successive $200,000 Arlington Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Arlington Park July 21. The 2007 Arlington Handicap, contested over good turf, was Cosmonaut’s sixth career win and third in a graded stakes.

Just like in the 2006 renewal of the Arlington Handicap, Cosmonaut made an easy lead and rationed his speed to kick clear of his rivals in the stretch. The 7-10 favorite ran the opening quarter in a sleepy :25.40 and the half in a somewhat quicker :49.60 over the good footing. Revved Up closed well to finish second, but could still only finish 21¼2 lengths behind Cosmonaut.

The son of Lemon Drop Kid entered the Arlington Handicap off a fourth-place finish in the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes day, beaten by only three-quarters of a length in a blanket finish. Three starts back, he finished a troubled second to Remarkable News in the Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard. In the Dixie, Cosomnaut had to jump over Mending Fences, who had broken down and fallen entering the far turn.

Cosmonaut races for Flying Zee Stable. Carlos Martin, agent, purchased Cosmonaut for $105,000 from consignor Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, at the 2003 Keeneland September yearling sale. Martin trained Cosmonaut for his first seven starts, including a maiden win on turf at Saratoga and an allowance victory at Belmont, also on turf. Cosmonaut was later transferred to the barn of Patrick Biancone, who has trained him for his last 17 races, including all of his graded stakes wins.

Patricia Pavlish bred Cosmonaut in Kentucky. He is out of the grade II-placed mare Cosmic Fire, a daughter of Capote. Cosmic Fire won at the ages of 2, 3, and 4 and won seven races total.

Cosmic Fire was barren two breeding seasons ago and aborted the next year, both times to the cover of Aldebaran. The run of bad luck ended in 2007 as she delivered a filly by Grand Slam April 3.

Lemon Drop Kid is the sire of 18 stakes winners. Among his seven other added money winners in 2007 are Citronnade (gr. IT) and Christmas Kid (gr. I). The champion and classic-winning son of Kingmambo stood the 2007 season at William Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2007 fee was $20,000.—J.S.F.