Tuesday, May 26 2009
Lopez, Karlsson Appear to Have Escaped Serious Injury in 7th Race Incident
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 25, 2009) – Jockeys Uriel Lopez and Inez Karlsson both appeared to escape serious injury Monday following a seventh race miscue involving two horses.
Parade Summer, ridden by Karlsson, fell near the top of the stretch unseating Karlsson while Lopez fell when his mount, Courtwright, tried to jump the fallen horse.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Monday, May 25
EUROPEAN UPDATES FOR ARLINGTON MILLION AUG. 8
Significant updates concerning the upcoming Arlington Million XXVII on Aug. 8 occurred in Ireland Sunday when the Irish-bred Casual Conquest bested his British-bred stablemate Famous Name in the Group I Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh.
The Tattersalls Gold Cup has often served as an early barometer for Arlington Million in past seasons, and Casual Conquest, owned by Moyglare Stud, and Famous Name, a Juddmonte Farms color bearer, are original nominees to this summer’s Million. In fact, the Juddmonte silks have been previously posed in the winner’s circle aboard Chester House in 2000 and Beat Hollow in 2002 following Arlington’s showcase race.
Monday, May 25 2009
Stakes Re-Caps for Your Ladyship and Zen Stakes
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 24, 2009) – Homewrecker Racing Stable’s Wildeydsouthernboy came from just off the pace to draw clear late for a 2 3/4-length score and justify his role as the odds-on choice in Sunday’s $53,600 Zen Stakes at Arlington Park.
The Zen often serves as the preview of the $100,000 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day, to be contested this year on June 20.
Arlington Park Barn Notes - Sunday, May 24, 2009
GIANT OAK TAKES GIANT STEP TOWARD MID-AMERICA TRIPLE
On Saturday afternoon Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak made a successful return to the grassy surface over which he broke his maiden last summer with a dramatic one-length win in the 75th running of the $150,000 Arlington Classic.
On Sunday morning trainer Chris Block reported that Giant Oak came out of the race well and would be pointed toward the next leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple – the Grade II American Derby on July 11.
Saturday, May 23 2009
VELAZQUEZ, MCGAUGHEY TEAM SCORE AGAIN IN HANSHIN
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The jockey-trainer-owner trio of John Velazquez and “Shug” McGaughey posted their second Arlington Park stakes victory of the afternoon when they combined for a 2 ¼-length tally with Vacation in the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup approximately one hour after scoring with Consequence in the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas Stakes. Vacation, a son of Dynaformer, covered the mile over Polytrack in 1:36.56.
The Hanshin was the first stakes score for Vacation and his third victory in 19 starts overall. He picked up $58,200 to elevated his earnings to $227,663 for his owner-breeder.
EUPHONY WINS ARLINGTON MATRON; JOCKEY DOUGLAS INJURED
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. --- Pin Oak Stud’s Euphony regained the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to a three-quarter of a length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron under jockey Cliff Berry.
The race, however, was marred when Born to Be clipped heels with Sky Mom near the top of the stretch, unseating jockey Rene Douglas.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sat. May 23
EAST MEETS WEST IN JAPAN CUP, ARLINGTON MILLION AND HANSHIN CUP
The winner of Arlington Million XXVII on Aug. 8 will receive an automatic invitation to this year’s Japan Cup in Tokyo Nov. 29, it was announced by the Japan Racing Association (JRA) earlier this week, and that announcement could not have come at a more opportune time.
Conveniently, Saturday’s Grade III Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park is celebrating its 15th anniversary edition as an exchange race with the Japan Racing Association and Mr. Yutaka Yokoyama, senior manager of the JRA’s New York office, and Mr. Shigeru Suzuki, general manager of the JRA’s New York office, will be on hand at Arlington to present the Hanshin Cup to the connections of the winner of Saturday’s $100,000 race at one mile.
Friday, May 22 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, May 22, 2009
INEZ RIDES INTO ARLINGTON HISTORY WITH FIVE WINS THURSDAY
While riding with the advantageous apprentice allowance last summer, Swedish jockey Inez Karlsson became the first female jockey in history to win four races on a single program at Arlington Park. One month later – she did it again.
However, on Thursday’s 12th racing day of the 2009 Arlington season – while riding as a full-fledged journeyman jockey – Karlsson raised that bar by riding five winners on a single program. By reaching the winner’s circle after exactly half the afternoon’s races at the Chicago oval, she also became the first rider of either gender to enjoy a five-win day at the current session.
ARLINGTON MILLION WINNER TO RECEIVE AUTOMATIC BERTH TO JAPAN CUP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 22, 2009) – The winner of the 27th edition of the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 8 will receive an automatic invitation to participate in the Group I $5.6 million Japan Cup to be contested Nov. 29, 2009, at Tokyo Racecourse it was announced by the Japan Racing Association.
The Arlington Million is the only North American race to be selected for its winner to receive an automatic berth to the prestigious event and joins such international Group I fixtures as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe, Arlington Million, Grosser Preis von Baden, Irish Champion Stakes to be so honored.
Arlington Park News Release: Five-Bagger for Karlsson
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 21, 2009) – Jockey Inez Karlsson became the first rider this season to bring home five winners on one program, completing the feat when Judy Dorris’s Oughta Be Mine ($9.20) earned a hard fought victory in Thursday afternoon’s ninth race.
Earlier in the card, the Swedish-born jockey tallied with Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Itchy Toes ($3.40) in the second race; Eagle Valley Farm’s The Elevator ($11.80) in the third; Midwest Thoroughbreds’ What About It Brud ($6.20) in a dead-heat in the fifth; and Iron County Farms Inc.’s Snapped ($21.80) in the eighth.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs., May 21
MONDAY, MONDAY – MEMORIAL DAY OFFERS RARE RACING PROGRAM
It’s going to be a particularly festive weekend at Arlington Park – beginning Friday with the first Miller Lite Party in the Park featuring the U2 tribute band Elevation – and concluding on Memorial Day with the first of only two Monday racing programs conducted at Arlington this season.
More important to Thoroughbred racing fans, however, is the fact that Arlington will offer four of its traditionally highlighted stakes packaged together Saturday as the American 1000 Guineas Festival. A Family Day on Sunday will feature two other stakes races.
Thursday, May 21 2009
TURF STARS HEADLINE AMERICAN 1000 GUINEAS FESTIVAL
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 20, 2009) – Three-year-old grass specialists are in the spotlight at Arlington Park Saturday in a pair of six-figure races for the sophomore turfers – the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas for fillies at one mile and the 75th edition of the $150,000 Arlington Classic for the boys at a mile and a sixteenth.
The two turf events are half of a quartet of stakes races that comprise the American 1000 Guineas Festival that also includes the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron for fillies and mares on the main track and the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup for older horses also on the synthetic main course. The four stakes races will make up a $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 that will cover races eight through 11 on the 11-race card that starts at 1 p.m. Central time.