Monday, May 04, 2009

Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun., May 3


Jockey Junior Alvarado, who completed a Saturday riding hat trick with a front-running two-length tally aboard the Moises Yanez-trained Voy Por Uno Mas, surged to the top of Arlington Park’s rider standings with four wins following Arlington’s first two racing days.

Voy Por Uno Mas, owned by the trainer and his wife Karen in partnership of Salvador Hernandez, fulfilled the promise of his Spanish name with a win in Saturday’s fourth running of the $100,000 Richard Radke Illinois Owners Stakes. It was the 5-year-old gelding’s first victory at the local oval since capturing the 2007 Honor Glide Stakes here in September of 2007.

“He relaxed very well during the first quarter for me today,” said Alvarado of Voy Por Uno Mas. “Last summer I made a trip down to Ellis Park to ride this horse (in the $50,000 Tri State Handicap), but he jumped to the lead right away and tired late to finish third. Today made that trip last summer all worthwhile because I learned something that day, and today he rated very well.”

Earlier Saturday, Alvarado won the opener aboard Hassan Razvi’s Cart Martial for trainer Chris Dorris and the eighth race aboard Darrell and Evelyn Yates’ Just Julian for Arlington’s defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano.

On Friday’s opening day, Alvarado captured the finale aboard Trigger Fish Lane for owner-trainer Catalano.

“We’re very happy to be off to such a fast start here this season,” said Alvarado, “and we have Moises Yanez to thank for a lot of it.”


Veteran Illinois-based reinsman Chris Emigh, who captured his first Arlington Park riding crown in 2006, continued his determined march toward the 3,000-career win milestone Saturday by riding William Stiritz’s Afleet Deceit to victory in Saturday’s $57,200 Double Delta Stakes.

The win, which was career victory 2,985 for Emigh, 38, was Emigh’s second of the local season, putting him in a seven-way tie for the runner-up spot in the standings along with Jesse Campbell, Tim Thornton, Brandon Meier, Jerry La Sala, E. T. Baird and Diego Sanchez.

In the Double Delta, Afleet Deceit dueled with favored Grade I winner Hooh Why, owned by Derby Day Farms and Mark Hoffman, most of the way before that rival weakened to third in the late stages.

“After we outbroke her (Hooh Why) she came up and hooked me right away and it became kind of a do-or-die situation for me,” said Emigh. “I had to go with her. It wasn’t my plan to get into a speed duel right away, but that’s the way it worked. Fortunately, it worked out for us.”


Conditioner Larry Rivelli, who saddled back-to-back winners on Friday’s opening day with Richard Ravin’s Gran Estreno in the fourth and Mario Donato’s Nana D in the fifth, scored his second training double on the second day of the Arlington season.

On Saturday, Rivelli – seventh in the standings last season – saddled Richard Ravin’s Richiegirlgonewild to win the fifth and returned to the winner’s circle after the seventh with Ravin and Rivelli’s Excessive Heat.

Defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano is currently runner-up in the standings with three winners and Moises Yanez, Christine Janks, Scott Becker and Emmagene Schwan have two wins so far.

Owners Ravin and Stiritz are both a perfect two-for-two with winners at Arlington so far this season.


Conditioner Mike Stidham, ninth in the Arlington standings in each of the last two seasons, posted his first Arlington winner Saturday with Temple Webber Jr.’s Unexpected Valor in the 10th race.

However, on Kentucky Derby Day in Louisville at the Twin Spires oval, Stidham captured the Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes with Darley Stable’s Tizaqueena.

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