Wednesday, May 01 2013
Barn Notes: Tuesday April 30, 2013
THIRD CHANCE A CHARM IN THE BREEDING SHED
Illinois racing loves to keep its champions as much as it loves to crown them. In the case of local star mare Third Chance, the second best thing to keeping her on the track racing for the fans is to have her at an Illinois farm producing future stars.
Monday, April 29 2013
Barn Notes: Monday April 29, 2013
BLOCK STACKED AND READY TO BUILD ON SOLID 2012
Chris Block, one of the most decorated and respected trainers in Illinois, is rallying his equine troops for his annual assault on Arlington International Racecourse. A Prairie State native and 2012’s runner-up in the trainer standings, Block is poised to commence what could be an exceptionally rewarding meet.
Friday, April 26 2013
Barn Notes: Friday April 26, 2013
FRESH MEET: ARLINGTON WELCOMES UPSTART APPRENTICE ESQUIVAL
Throughout the history of American turf, Arlington International Racecourse has been a heralded hotbed for rising jockey stardom. Laffit Pincay, Jr., started his U.S. career at Arlington in 1966 (winning the title in 1967), while the budding Hall of Fame careers of Pat Day, Jerry Bailey and Randy Romero laid their respective foundations here. Needless to say, when a fledgling jockey starts making local waves, the Windy City takes notice of the tide.
Friday, February 01 2013
ARLINGTON TO RUN 25 STAKES IN 2013 WORTH $5.5 MILLION
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Jan. 29, 2013) – The International Festival of Racing, featuring the 31st running of the Grade I Arlington Million, tops a 2013 schedule that includes 25 stakes races worth $5.5 million during 89 days of racing at Arlington International Racecourse from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, Sept. 29.
Friday, November 16 2012
TRAINER DALE ROMANS WINS 2012 BIG SPORT OF TURFDOM AWARD
The Turf Publicists of America (TPA) announced today that trainer Dale Romans has been chosen as the 2012 winner of the organization's Big Sport of Turfdom Award. The annual honor is bestowed upon a person or group of people who enhance coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and Thoroughbred racing publicists
Thursday, October 25 2012
13 ARLINGTON-RACED HORSES ~ BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTERED HORSES
LITTLE MIKE AND I’M A DREAMER TOP LIST OF 13 ARLINGTON-RACED HORSES ON LIST OF BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTERED HORSES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 24, 2011) – Led by Breeders’ Cup Challenge winners Little Mike and I’m A Dreamer, a total of 13 horses who have raced at Arlington Park were among the 180 horses pre-entered for this year's event to be run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3. Of the 13 Arlington-raced horses, two were stakes winners here this year, eight started here but did not win a stakes race here in 2012 and the remaining three raced here in previous seasons.
Sunday, September 30 2012
CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON 2012 ARLINGTON PARK SEASON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 30, 2012) – The 90-day meeting at Arlington Park ended Sunday, Sept. 30, with trainer Wayne Catalano earning his 10th Arlington crown while jockey Francisco Torres and owners Midwest Thoroughbreds of Richard & Karen Papiese each took down their first Arlington title.
One month into Arlington’s 2012 session, the Chicago oval’s normally prolific Catalano had only registered four wins at the meeting, but by the end of July he had assumed his traditional position atop the standings. By the time the curtain fell on Sept. 30, “Cat” had won 63 races, nearly double the victories of his closest pursuer Chris Block (38 wins).
Friday, September 28 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, Sept. 28
ALYSSA ALI PICKS INVISIBLE STAR ON TV PRIOR TO $40.40 WIN PAYOFF
Arlington guests and fans of Arlington’s simulcast signal were tipped off to a $40.40 win payoff Thursday when Arlington television personality Alyssa Ali selected Invisible Star in a televised segment from the paddock prior to the eighth race of the afternoon.
Not so coincidentally, Invisible Star is owned and trained by Alnaz Ali, Alyssa’s father.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs., Sept. 27
PATAKY KID GETS BULLET BREEZE FOR BREEDERS’ FUTURITY OCT. 6
Swifty Farms’ Pataky Kid, three-length winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity on Sept. 8, breezed a bullet five furlongs in one minute flat Monday morning at Chicago’s northwest suburban oval in preparation for Keeneland’s upcoming Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity on Oct. 6.
Following the bullet five-eighths move, the juvenile son of Rockport Harbor conditioned by trainer Tom Proctor galloped out three-quarters in 1:13.40.
Wednesday, September 26 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wed. Sept. 26
DARRELL, EVELYN YATES EARN SEPTEMBER’S ARLINGTON OWNERS AWARD
The husband-wife ownership tandem of Darrell and Evelyn Yates will be recognized as Arlington’s Owner of the Month for September on Friday, based on statistics compiled through September’s first three weeks.
Chicago’s showcase northwest suburban oval brings down the curtain on its 2012 season on the last day of the month this Sunday.
Sunday, September 23 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun. Sept. 23
THIRD CHANCE FINISHES HER ARLINGTON CAREER WITH DESSERT TOPPING
Third Chance, the fast 4-year-old filly owned by ABC-7 Chicago news anchorman Ron Magers, Bob Marcocchio and others, began her career with an appetizing six-length win at Arlington 25 months ago.
On Saturday, she wrapped up her gifted history at the local oval with a victory by almost seven lengths, and that led to the ice cream celebration that had been publicly promised to the racing fans on hand by the acknowledged dean of Chicago newscasters.
Saturday, September 22 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Fri. Sept. 21
JOCKEY JAMES GRAHAM RESURGENT WITH FOUR-WIN THURSDAY
Like the former junior welterweight champion “Irish” Micky Ward, portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the 2010 movie “The Fighter”, jockey James Graham refuses to go down in the valiant defense of his 2011 Arlington riding championship.
Ward, although born in the hardscrabble New England factory town of Lowell, Massachusetts, marketed his Irish heritage for added box office appeal when overcoming his disadvantaged upbringing during his uphill battle to earn the championship belt.