Arlington Park Weekend Preview

Rivelli, Rivelli, and more Rivelli

It’s just a two-day race week at Arlington, with cards scheduled May 19 and May 20, but trainer Larry Rivelli will have plenty to keep himself occupied.

Rivelli has entrants in races 1,3,4,5,7,8 and 9 on Friday, and in races 3,4,5,6, and 7 on Saturday.

Among his runners Saturday is Daddy’s Boo, who makes her first start of 2017 after an excellent 2016 campaign. A 6-year-old mare owned by Vince Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC, Daddy’s Boo won six of 10 starts and almost $175,000 in 2016, scoring victories at Arlington, Churchill Downs, Indiana Grand, and Gulfstream Park, and taking her connections to Saratoga and the European-style all-turf meet at Kentucky Downs. Not bad for a horse that started her career in $20,000 maiden-claimers and as recently as December 2015 raced for a $16,000 claiming price at Tampa Bay.

Daddy’s Boo is one of eight entrants in featured race 4 on Saturday. Among her rivals are the stakes-winning Hugh Robertson-trained filly Princess Erindelle and the good Illinois-bred America Mon Amie.

This time, Nate?

In the fifth race Friday, Nate the Natural stands a great chance of doing something he hasn’t done in awhile – win a horserace.

Nate the Natural has lost his three starts this year and went zero for five in 2016, but the 6-year-old Illinois-bred never looked like he was drastically declining, and finished second at Hawthorne last month in a first-level allowance race like the one he contests Friday. A homebred owned by Barr Three Racing, Terry Biondo, and Cherrywood Racing, Nate the Natural has made 20 starts in a career dating to September 2013, but, apparently, it’s never too late to tinker. Veteran Illinois trainer Michele Boyce will race Nate in blinkers for the first time Friday, and perhaps having his field of vision restricted will help Nate find his way back to the winner’s circle.