Saturday, June 30 2012

Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, June29


Chicago-born trainer Tony Granitz, 48, who saddled Captain Jack Racing Stable’s Mr. Mischief to win the $114,625 Black Tie Affair Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day, may still be a relatively young man but he has three decades of professional experience at Arlington behind him already and approximately 10 additional years as an Arlington guest before that.

“My brother (Chris) and I started working with horses as kids,” said Granitz a couple of weeks after Mr. Mischief’s win. “We had a neighbor who had horses. We’d get up at 4 a.m. in the morning to go work for him and then he’d take us out to Arlington to watch the races in the afternoon. I didn’t realize he was going to pay us $50 a week for helping him – we’d have done it for free – and he didn’t for several weeks. When I got my first check it was for $200. I thought I’d hit the Lotto.”

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