Coach Jimi Lee earned over one million dollars in a long productive career that saw him answer the bell to many midwestern sprint races. Trained by Jim DiVito, he holds the six furlong track record at Hawthorne, which is also the fastest time ever in the Land of Lincoln. He at one point held the six furlong mark at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. After retiring, he's now in the midst of a second career as a stable pony for DiVito.
Coach Jimi Lee, winning the Iowa Sprint Handicap in 2006. Photo courtesy Jeff Coady/Daily Racing Form.
The Coach Jimi Lee Stakes has a purse of $65,000 and will be restricted to three- year-old males sprinting on the main synthetic track. With conditions fitting the namesake, the runners here can point for another overnight stakes, the Straight Line at a single-turn polytrack mile on Arlington Million Day.
Arlington Park - - Race 11 -- Coach Jimi Lee Stakes -- Seven Furlongs on polytrack -- Post time 5:55 CT
MONGOLIAN SATURDAY is cross-entered into this race and the American Derby. At publish time, the connections have decided to scratch from this race.
Local interests are responsible for POSITIVELY. Owned by the Sandfords and trained by Patrick Byrne, the same people who campaign Take Charge Indy. POSTIIVELY makes only the second ever synthetic start, the first being an okay finish in the G1 Breeders' Futurity at two. His one turn miles have been his best races this year, yet it's fair to question if he can get to the wire first. Such question is there because he's eligible for a first-level allowance, and has six money finishes but only a single win in ten starts. There does not appear to be a lot of upfront speed, so perhaps MUPPET MAN is a player. As a two-year-old, he won the Meadowlake here at seven panels on a quick track, then was beaten in the G3 Arlington-Washington Futurity by PATAKY KID. Goes third off the layoff and was fourth, beaten a length and a quarter, last time out in an N2X. You can discard the first start of the year going two turns and on dirt. RULER OF LOVE ran a yucky race last time going two turns on the grass in the Centaur at Indiana Downs. Back at one turn two back and three back, he was nosed out in a minor stakes by a next out winner and in the same zip code as G2 Woody Stephens winner Forty Tales in a G3. Curious rider switch to Leparoux, as he may do better closer to the pace, while the rider is more relaxed. Still, trainer hits at nearly 20% on the Indiana/Kentucky circuit and above 20% in sub-graded stakes.
#6 POSITIVELY (6/1)
#3 MUPPET MAN (6/1)
#10 RULER OF LOVE (6/1)
Longshot: #4 NEXT SPEAKER (15/1) goes from a single turn mile to today's seven furlong distance. Trainer D. Bennett hits a good percentage on cutbacks. Two consecutive one-turn thirds, one at the local polytrack mile last time and two back in a five furlong turf sprint. But his win came three back at Keeneland going three-quarters in a $50K maiden claimer. It's a tough race with many ways to go, but with only four career starts and four money finishes there may be more upside here, as opposed to those (PATAKY KID) who may have plateaued.