Updated on 09/16/2011 8:32AM

An ailing Ivanavinalot done for year


Ivanavinalot, the dominant Florida-bred juvenile filly, on Thursday was withdrawn from Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies because of a temperature and a high blood count, owner Gil Campbell said.

That reduced the field for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies to 10.

According to Campbell, Ivanavinalot developed a temperature Wednesday morning and a blood test confirmed that her white blood count was high.

"You don't even think about going," Campbell said. "We'll give her antibiotics and treat her. We'll give her 30 days off. The year's over."

Ivanavinalot, a daughter of West Acre, has won five of six starts, including the My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes by 13 3/4 lengths at Calder on Oct. 12. While the Breeders' Cup was not originally in the plans, Ivanavinalot came out of the My Dear Girl so well, Campbell and trainer Kathleen O'Connell opted to go. She was to ship from Florida on Thursday.

"I'm very disappointed because I thought we really had a big chance to win the race," Campbell said. "Hopefully, we'll catch up with all these girls next year."

Considering the 'Euro-bounce' theory

With so many Europeans of varying stripes racing Saturday, the phenomenon known as the Euro-bounce could come into play on Breeders' Cup Day.

In theory, the Euro-bounce is quite simple. A European import ships overseas, runs a big race in his United States debut, but then falls apart if it makes a second start in this country. It does happen regularly this time of year, and often, because of the impressive first race, the horse is a short price when he fails.

There are numerous possible Euro-bouncers this time around. In the Mile there is Landseer, who three weeks ago won the Shadwell Turf Mile by a neck, and the Filly and Mare Turf is loaded with candidates. Banks Hill, Kazzia, Turtle Bow, and Zenda all come off strong efforts after shipping from Europe. In the Turf, Ballingarry shipped to Woodbine and won the Canadian International, went back to Europe, and now has returned for the Breeders' Cup.

Are these horses more vulnerable than the Rock of Gibraltars and the Islingtons who come directly from Europe? Perhaps.

Laura de Seroux saddles Ballingarry for the first time and gets many horses from Europe. She said the Euro-bounce isn't a theory, but an existing set of circumstances that regularly come into play.

"In particular, the reason for it is that they come here after a long, hard season," de Seroux said. "They're ultra-fit when they arrive, they run one good race, and then they're spent. A lot of people don't realize Europeans train down a lot more than our horses. In Europe they're training for a half or three-quarters of a year. Here, its full-year racing, and we tend to space our races more."

But de Seroux is quick to caution that the Euro-bounce must be taken on a case-by-case basis. Europeans who come here after a light campaign and appear to hold their fitness can put together back-to-back top races. Ballingarry, for instance, took some time off this summer, and de Seroux feels he is the kind of horse who won't be bounce in the Breeders' Cup.

Day after offers two $100,000 stakes

Breeders' Cup fans who stick around Chicago for an extra day of racing will be able to see a far better than average Sunday card at Arlington, one highlighted by a pair of $100,000 stakes.

The more compelling of the two stakes probably is the Smile, a 5 1/2-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds and upward. Red Lightning, Supremo Secret, and Mighty Beau, who met in September at Kentucky Downs and earlier this month at Keeneland, will renew their rivalry as major contenders in the Smile, which drew a field of 10.

The other stakes is the Eliza, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies. Allspice, a 16-length maiden winner earlier in the month for trainer Gene Cilio, is one of six entered in what appears to be a well-matched race.

Other contenders include Home Run Hitter, a promising filly who ships in from Maryland, and Anyplace Anytime, a recent four-length allowance winner for veteran trainer Frank Kirby.

The Sunday card will see the return of Shane Sellers to Arlington. Sellers, who returned from a year-plus layoff Wednesday at Keeneland, still holds the record for most wins at an Arlington meet, having ridden 219 winners in 1991. He will ride Bop for Maryland trainer Mike Trombetta in the Smile.

First post for the 10-race Sunday card is noon Central.

Calabrese and Catalano in record book

Frank Calabrese set an Arlington meet record for wins on Wednesday, while his private trainer, Wayne Catalano, tied the record. Calabrese and Catalano won two races on the card, with Liberation and Chopinina, giving Calabrese 64 wins for the meet and Catalano 62.

Irish Acres Farm held the previous record for owner wins with 62. Catalano tied the record set by Noel Hickey, who trained the Irish Acres horses during their record-breaking Arlington season.

- additional reporting by Marcus Hersh and Marty McGee