Thursday, September 13 2012
GRADE III PUCKER UP STAKES DRAWS DOZEN DISTAFFERS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 12, 2012) – A full field of 12 grass favoring sophomore fillies, topped by Landaluce Educe Stables’ Volcat and Team Valor International & Robert LaPenta’s Angegreen, will line up for Saturday’s Grade III $175,000 Pucker Up Stakes at a mile and an eighth on the turf.
Slated as the eighth of 11 races on Saturday, the Pucker Up is the final graded stakes race of the Arlington Park season and will be part of a stakes tripleheader that also includes a pair of $65,000-added races for state-breds – the Lady Lionel Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile on the turf and the Tex’s Zing Handicap for the boys at a mile and a sixteenth on the lawn.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wed. Sept. 12
ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY’S WINNING OWNERS EYE THE FUTURE
As one of Chicago’s oldest stakes races, the tradition-rich Arlington-Washington Futurity was first run more than 80 years ago and – as its name implies – it is a hopeful harbinger of things to come for any horse fortunate enough to win it.
Hunter Farm’s Spend a Buck won the Arlington-Washington Futurity as a 2-year-old and went on to win the Kentucky Derby the following spring. Rex Ellsworth’s Candy Spots won the local Futurity and went on to win the Preakness the next year. Blanche Levy’s Bet Twice won the 1987 Belmont Stakes after capturing the Arlington-Washington Futurity the previous season.
Monday, September 10 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun. Sept. 9
JOCKEY JULIO FELIX SORE BUT TRYING FOR THURSDAY RETURN
Arlington jockey Julio Felix, injured when he and the juvenile filly he was riding fell during the running of Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, is presently planning to return to the saddle in time for Thursday’s racing program.
Richard Perkins and Hinsley Racing Stable’s You Bought Her, the filly Felix was riding, also emerged from the incident unharmed and walked off the track under her own power.
Sunday, September 09 2012
PATAKY KID AND GOLD EDGE TAKE RICH 2-YEAR-OLD STAKES AT ARLINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 8, 2012) – Swifty Farms’ Pataky Kid and Dolphus Morrison’s Gold Edge shared the Saturday spotlight at Arlington Park with their respective victories in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity and the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.
In the Futurity, Pataky Kid rallied to overtake pacesetting favorite Muppet Man inside the sixteenth pole and despite racing greenly after assuming command, drew away to a three-length victory. With Garrett Gomez in the irons, the Tom Proctor-trained son of Rockport Harbor covered the one-turn mile over Polytrack in 1:37.58.
Thursday, September 06 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs. Sept. 6
ARLINGTON TO HOST INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM FOR RACING OFFICIALS
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) has a long-standing steward and judge accreditation course that has been hosted through the universities of Arizona and Louisville for many years. However, later this month ROAP will be expanding their horizons at Arlington Park.
That’s when members of that Kentucky-based organization will come to Chicago to provide a group of approximately 20 people interested in becoming entry-level racing officials the basics they would need to help them pursue that career goal.
Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington-Washington Lassie
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 5, 2012) – An overflow field of 14 juvenile fillies including stakes winners Sweet Redemption, American Sugar and Gold Edge passed the entry box for Saturday’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie while the stakes winning Muppet Man headlines a field of eight 2-year-olds for its companion race the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity. Each race will be run at the one-turn mile distance over Arlington’s Polytrack.
Southern Chase Farm’s Sweet Redemption broker her maiden in her lone trip to the post when closing to get up in the waning strides of the $150,000 Ontario Debutante over Polytrack at Woodbine Race Course. The daughter of D’wildcat is trained by Greg de Gannes and will be ridden by Alex Solis.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wed., Sept. 5
RIGGS RETURNING TO ARLINGTON AFTER WINNING CANTERBURY TITLE
Long tall jockey Tanner Riggs was in the midst of his drive down from Minnesota to Chicago when reached on his cell phone shortly after Labor Day.
The 23-year-old South Dakota native had just completed a successful summer season at Canterbury Park, winning leading rider honors at the Minnesota oval, but was bringing his tack back to Arlington for the remainder of the local meeting which comes to a close September 30.
Tuesday, September 04 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Monday, Sept. 3
GOLD EDGE BREEZES FOR SATURDAY’S ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON LASSIE
Dolphus Morrison’s Gold Edge, heroine of Arlington’s $65,000 Lisa M Stakes August 4, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 Labor Day Monday morning immediately after the break in preparation for this Saturday’s 77th renewal of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie – Chicago’s annual signature event for 2-year-old fillies contested at the one-turn mile distance.
Trained by Lon Wiggins, the daughter of Eddington accomplished early splits of 25, 37, and 48.60 with an exercise rider in the irons and then galloped out three-quarters in 1:15 flat while “well in hand,” according to Arlington clocker Bobby Belpedio.
Monday, September 03 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun. Sept. 2
TRAINER DALE BENNETT BOUNCES BACK IN AUGUST AFTER SLOW START
August trainer-of-the-month honors at Arlington were a slam dunk for veteran locally-based conditioner Dale Bennett, who will be presented with that award on Sept. 7.
What he did to earn them was make seven trips to the winner’s circle from the 14 starters he saddled during that time period – an impressive 50 percent win ratio – but the 2012 racing season for Bennett didn’t begin with anything like that kind of success.
Sunday, September 02 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sat. Sept. 1
For whatever reason, a young filly got loose immediately prior to her presumed start in Arlington’s eighth race August 30, subsequently running off without a rider on her back to control her during her frightened flight.
Off in pursuit of the filly went Arlington outrider Vicki Vise and her trusted pony “L. S.” Along with local fellow outriders Juan Francisco “Pancho” Lopez, Alan Love Jr. and Roberto Martinez, the foursome serve something like traffic cops for any errant equines before and after each race during Arlington’s racing afternoons.
Arlington Park Stakes Recap: Grade III Washington Park Handicap
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 1, 2012) – G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm Racing’s Middie split horses at the three-eighths pole and quickly drew off to post a 3 ¾-length victory under jockey Francisco Torres in the $150,000 Grade III Washington Park Handicap in track-record time 1:49.27 for the mile and an eighth over Polytrack.
“The thing about (Arlington’s Polytrack) is when it rains, it tightens up the racetrack and you’ll see faster times,” Torres explained. “Around the three-eighths pole, I had so much horse. Everybody looked like they were just waiting for someone to move. When I found a seam between the horse in front of me and the horse outside of me, I went ahead and stole it. I got out, opened up and held on.”
Saturday, September 01 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Fri. Aug. 31
FRENCH JOCKEY FLORENT GEROUX MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME
Arlington’s 2012 season started off smoothly enough for French-born jockey Florent Geroux. It was his fifth summer of riding at the local oval where he had become increasingly familiar to Chicago horsemen and he was coming off a good spring meeting on Chicago’s south side where he had finished third in the Hawthorne standings.
When the first graded stakes of the summer came along May 19 – the 60th running of the Grade III Hanshin Cup – Geroux won it aboard Silverton Hills’ Havelock after getting up in the final strides to edge the favorite by a neck.