March 27, 2011
Dan Peitz could understandably have some anxiety when an unexpected storm crashed through Hot Springs late on Sunday afternoon. He had scratched the much-heralded filly, Arienza, on Saturday from the six furlongs Prima Donna Stakes to run in a one mile allowance race on Sunday, to give his filly a race with a distance which seemed to better suit her. He never planned on it being a test of her "off" track ability.
Well, Dan can sleep better tonight. His daughter of Giant's Causeway--Azeri galloped to another two-and-a-half length victory. She was challenged by Hidatsa coming off the turn, but drew away as easily as jockey Gabriel Saez pleased, getting the sloppy mile in 1:38. As veteran Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg loved to say, "Time only counts in jail." That figures to be true in the case of Arienza. The beautiful filly has continued Azeri's unbeaten streak as a broodmare and now earned herself a starting spot in either $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes on April 16 or the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes on April 10.
The Instant Racing is at one mile, while the Fantasy is a Grade II race at a mile-and-a-sixteenth. Peitz is normally on the conservative side and would opt for the Instant Racing. He may find the owners, Robert and Lowana Low feling quite differently. The Lows enjoyed quite a day on Sunday. They bred the maiden winner All for Thee, who won the fifth race in style, in the silks of W. K. Warren for trainer Anthony Dutrow. Warren had won the 2008 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn with Denis of Cork.
The Lows then were chosen to make the trophy presentation for the featured Carousel Stakes. They had barely enough time to stand for the pictures with winner Cosmo Girl, Baccari Stables owner Chris Baccari and trainer Joe Petalino to get to the padock to watch Arienza be saddled.
Everyone will rest better tonight. Dan's Mom was headed home to prepare a winner's meal and that was the part which would allow Dan to finally take a deep breath and relax. It seems pretty clear that when he finishes a home-cooked meal, sleep is the next item on his menu.
Sleep well, Dan. No need for anxiety medication tonight.