Friday, August 31 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs. Aug. 30
STEPHEN FOSTER WINNER POOL PLAY SET FOR WASHINGTON PARK ‘CAP
As the winner of last year’s Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, W S. Farish Jr.’s Pool Play will bring a certain amount of welcome window dressing to Saturday’s 79th running of Arlington’s Grade III Washington Park Handicap.
It’s been seven years since a Stephen Foster winner last captured the $150,000 Washington Park, and that horse – Stonecrest Farm’s Perfect Drift – was doing it for the second time in three years.
Monday, August 27 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, Aug. 26
MISTER MARTI GRAS WORKS FOR SATURDAY’S WASHINGTON PARK ‘CAP
Lothenbach Stables’ Mister Marti Gras, hero of last summer’s Grade III Washington Park Handicap, breezed Sunday at Arlington in advance of Saturday’s 78th renewal of the $150,000 Washington Park ‘Cap, Arlington’s richest race for older horses over its Polytrack course each year.
Sunday’s five-furlong tune-up was accomplished in 1:04 over Arlington’s grass course with the “dogs” well out from the rail. The turf was rated “firm” at the time, hours before showers hit the Chicago oval later in the morning.
Wednesday, August 22 2012
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wed. AUg. 22
HISTORY FAVORS FUTURE OF THE INAUGURAL AMERICAN ST. LEGER
The inaugural running of Arlington’s $400,000 American St. Leger turned out to be an excellent added garnish to the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million and Arlington’s International Festival of Racing.
Last Saturday’s International Festival of Racing crowd of 34,022 broke the Arlington Million’s all-time attendance record since the current facility opened more than two decades ago as Chicago’s premier Thoroughbred oval. It was also turned out to be the fourth highest Arlington Million Day crowd in the Million’s 30-year history.
Monday, August 20 2012
ARLINGTON MILLION XXX ATTENDANCE OF 34,022 BEST IN MORE THAN TWO DECADES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2012) – The 2012 Arlington Million/International Festival of Racing Day crowd of 34,022 not only represented a 10% increase from the 31,069 that attended the 2011 International Festival of Racing, it also was the largest Million Day crowd since the current facility opened in 1989 and the fourth highest in the 30-year history of the Arlington Million.
In addition, the all-sources commingled handle of $14,785,748 was 14% higher than the $13,017,554 wagered on the 2011 Million Day card. On track, the $2,891,660 bet was 13% higher than the $2,562,613 handled the previous year.
Saturday, August 18 2012
ORTIZ, JR. RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL; X-RAYS NEGATIVE
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Irad Ortiz, Jr., 20, was released from Saratoga Hospital on Friday afternoon after X-rays were negative on his right ankle, according to the NYRA jockey advocate. He is cleared to ride for Saturday’s card, during which he will attempt to win the prestigious Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on Questing.
Ortiz Jr., injured his ankle in the starting gate prior to the start of Friday’s third race at Saratoga Race Course. His mount was the 3-year-old filly Corinzia, who was scratched from the race and uninjured.
JAMES GRAHAM LEADS “ARLINGTON FAB FIVE” TO VICTORY OVER “LEGENDS” IN JOCKEY CHALLENGE AT ARL
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 17, 2012) – The “Arlington Fab Five” beat the “Legends Team” in the third annual special Jockey Challenge Race on Friday at Arlington Park. Led by James Graham, who won the race aboard Jake Wil Gallop, the Fab Five outscored the Legends by a count of 23-16 based on a 12-10-7-6-4 point system.
“It’s brilliant,” said Graham, who has ridden in all three editions of the special race. “More tracks should do things like this, especially with the proceeds going to great causes (the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.
International Festival Barn Notes: Friday, Aug. 17 - PM Edition
GAME BALL OUT OF AMERICAN ST. LEGER; IN PLAY AT SARATOGA
Dorothy Gentner’s Game Ball, entered in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger as part of Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing, did not ship to Chicago and is entered in Saratoga’s Grade I Sword Dancer Invitational on the same day.
Trained by Naipaul Chatterpaul, Game Ball had been dismissed as one of four 30-1 long shots in the American St. Leger.
International Festival Barn Notes: Friday, August 17, 2012 - AM Edition
DOMESTIC SHIPPERS ARRIVE FOR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RACING
Domestic shippers arrive for International Festival of Racing. They came, they’re seeing, will they conquer?
Domestic shippers from the barns of Dale Romans, Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey, H. Graham Motion, and Dale Romans arrived in good order on Thursday ahead of their starts in the International Festival of Racing on Saturday at Arlington Park.
Tuesday, August 14 2012
International Festival Barn Notes: Tues., Aug. 14 - PM Edition
STIDHAM SEEKS ELUSIVE MILLION DAY GRADE I
Mike Stidham has won some big races during his career, including nine graded stakes among 22 stakes wins at Arlington Park, but the track’s Grade I races have eluded the veteran trainer.
Stidham hopes to remedy that situation on Saturday when he sends Lael Stable & All In Stable’s Willcox Inn and Stone Farm et. al.’s Upperline postward in the Arlington Million and Beverly D. Stakes, respectively.
International Festival Barn NOtes: Tues. Aug. 14 - AM Edition
DARK STRANGER LAME SATURDAY; REMOVED FROM FLIGHT MANIFEST
Darley Stud Management’s Dark Stranger, one of six European invaders scheduled aboard a Qatar Airways equine charter in advance of Arlington’s International Festival of Racing this Saturday, came up lame last Saturday morning while still in Europe and was taken off that flight manifest shortly before that plane’s departure.
Trained by John Gosden, the European-based but Kentucky-bred Dark Stranger had been scheduled for participation in Saturday’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes for grass-favoring sophomores of international caliber.
International Festival of Racing Barn Notes: MOn. Aug. 13, PM Edition
VERTIFORMER, ‘CHEROKEE’ GET ARLINGTON MILLION BREEZES MONDAY
Joseph Allen’s Vertiformer, pre-entered last week for both the 30th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million and the inaugural running of the $400,000 American St. Leger this Saturday, breezed five furlongs in 1:06.80 Monday morning over Arlington’s world famous turf course.
Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, who is riding at Arlington for the first time this summer but is a solid fifth in the standings, was aboard Vertiformer for the move over the grass course which was rated “good” with the “dogs” well out from the rail.
FIVE RETIRED JOCKEYS TO RETURN FOR ONE RACE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 13, 2011) – Once again in 2012 as part of the festivities leading up to the Arlington Million, five retired jockey greats will return to the saddle for one race and square off against five of the top riders in the Arlington Park standings in the “Arlington Fab 5” vs. “Legends” turf race complete with pari-mutuel wagering to be held on Friday, August 17, one day before the 30th running of the Arlington Million.
Slated to take a one-day break from retirement are Hall-of-Fame jockey Earlie Fires; Patti Cooksey, who has been participating in similar Legends races the last few seasons; former Arlington Park Rising Star and now HRTV Broadcaster Zoe Cadman, former Eclipse Award winning rider Frank Lovato Jr.; and Midwestern mainstay Larry Melancon.