Thursday, September 20 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wed. Sept. 19
RECALLING ADDISON CAMMACK: ALWAYS ON HIS ‘A’ GAME AT ARLINGTON
How fitting it is that Arlington has chosen to honor the late Addison Cammack with an overnight stakes race named for him less than a year after his death.
“Addison had been a fixture for decades around Arlington,” said conditioner Chris Block, currently engaged in a nip-and-tuck battle for runner-up honors in the 2012 Arlington trainer standings when speaking on Arlington’s apron during training hours earlier this week. “I believe earlier in his life he had been a pony person, but for decades, along with his significant other Pam Kuehl, they ran their own horse transport business here in the Chicago area. Addison was loved by everyone at Arlington and Hawthorne. He was a trustworthy, classy guy and a good friend to everybody who knew him.
Monday, September 17 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun. Sept. 16
“Blame it on the dog.” That was the consensus opinion of jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, his girlfriend Lindsey Molina and his agent Penny Ffitch-Heyes on the fickle finger of fate that pointed him in the direction of Chicago and Arlington for its 2012 summer season.
“Last spring while I was at Keeneland, I saw this adorable bull-dog puppy looking out a car window,” Ffitch-Heyes said. “I once had a bull-dog who I absolutely adored so I went over to find out who the owner was. It was Lindsey, and she introduced me to Jeffrey. I didn’t know who he was, or even that he was a jockey, so I kind of ignored him and went on playing with the dog.
Saturday, September 15 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Fri. Sept. 14
TWO ILLINOIS HANDICAPS SERVE AS SUPPORTING STAKES SATURDAY
The Grade III Pucker Up Stakes, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary edition next season, is the centerpiece event of Saturday’s Arlington program, but two overnight handicaps restricted to horses registered in the Illinois program serve as supporting features on the same afternoon.
Saturday’s opening event is the $65,000 Lady Lionel Handicap for fillies and mares and will be run at one mile over Arlington’s world famous turf course.
Friday, September 14 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs. Sept. 13
TRAINER LUNSFORD MOVING UP ON HER UNLIKELY PATH TO ARLINGTON
As a single parent with an 8-year-old daughter Tori at home on her farm in downstate Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and a relatively small stable to oversee, you wouldn’t think that trainer Kim Lunsford would have had the time to bring her horses to Arlington for the first time this summer.
Nevertheless, there she was, proudly posing in the winner’s circle during the first week of September along with owner Tom Rinaudo and the 3-year-old filly Lady Haddassah, who had just won a one-mile turf test on Thoroughbred racing’s center stage in Chicago. Lunsford had claimed Lady Haddassah for Rinaudo out of a winning race over Churchill’s Louisville lawn last spring, but her September tally was the first in three starts for her new connections.
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.