Thursday, May 21 2009
HANSHIN CUP, ARLINGTON MATRON DRAW SOLID LINEUPS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 20, 2009) – While Saturday’s $200,000 American 1000 Guineas Festival is named for the 3-year-old filly turf race that has the day’s richest purse, the 11-race card also features a pair of graded stakes races for older horses to be run over Polytrack – the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron for fillies and mares at nine furlongs and the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup at one mile.
The two Polytrack events comprise half of the four stakes races that constitute the American 1000 Guineas Festival that in addition to the aforementioned 1000 Guineas also includes the $150,000 Arlington Classic. Together, the four stakes races will make up a $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 Pool that will cover races eight through 11 on the 11-race card that starts at 1 p.m. Central time.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 20
GIANT OAK GETS MONDAY MOVE FOR SATURDAY’S ARLINGTON CLASSIC
Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, the Illinois Derby runner-up being pointed for Saturday’s 75th anniversary edition of the $150,000 Arlington Classic, breezed a half-mile Monday morning in :47.60 in advance of the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.
“It was just what I wanted and sets him up just fine for Saturday,” said trainer Chris Block after the breeze.
Monday, May 18 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun., May 17
‘SHUG’ INVADING ARLINGTON FOR EACH OF SATURDAY’S FOUR STAKES
Hall of Fame trainer “Shug” McGaughey is set to take his New York-based act on the road this Saturday, bringing horses to Chicago for all four of Saturday’s stakes at Arlington Park.
Stewart Armstrong’s Venetian Causeway, a 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway filly who was a 1 3/4-length victress at last asking over Keeneland’s Polytrack surface April 16, has been penciled in for Saturday’s Grade III Arlington Matron, the local oval’s main event each season for older fillies and mares on the main track.
Sunday, May 17 2009
MIZZCAN’TBEWRONG RIGHT IN WINNING RELUCTANT GUEST
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 16, 2009) – The move of the $57,300 Reluctant Guest Stakes from turf to Polytrack following several days of rain did not phase Clyde Peterson’s Mizzcan’tbewrong, who led every step of the way in the one mile and one-sixteenth race at Arlington Park on Saturday. The daughter of Mizzen Mast was ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr. and covered the distance in 1:42.66.
“There was no speed with me, so I was able to set a comfortable pace,” Razo said. “It was my first time aboard this filly, and it really worked out well. I thought we might have someone challenge us down the lane, but nobody did.”
Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 16, 2009
ARLINGTON CLASSIC MAY GET ADDED INTERNATIONAL GARNISH
Golden Mexico is an undefeated Irish-bred 3-year-old colt who broke his maiden in Italy, is owned by Team Valor International and former South African resident Gary Barber, is trained by French-born Christophe Clement and was most recently ridden by Peruvian-born Alan Garcia.
Now, the son of Daggars Drawn is under consideration for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23 as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple. The Triple continues with the Grade II American Derby July 11 and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day on Aug. 8.
Friday, May 15 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 15, 2009
INEZ TO BECOME ARLINGTON’S ‘RISING STAR’ ON SWEDISH TELEVISION
Illinois-based jockey Inez Karlsson, quickly a Chicago sports celebrity in less than two years, has now developed an international following – a reality made evident by the Swedish television crew that has been shadowing her daily routine at Arlington Park in recent days.
Karlsson, 26, was Arlington’s leading apprentice jockey last summer, the leading rider at Hawthorne last winter and also runner-up for the 2008 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice. However, she is a native of Göteborg, Sweden, who emigrated originally to Canada to work with harness horses, but soon after came to the United States in pursuit of a career as a Thoroughbred jockey.
Thursday, May 14 2009
Arlington Parm Barn Notes: Thur. May 14 2009
AMERICAN TURF HERO ORTHODOX NOW LIKELY FOR ARLINGTON CLASSIC
John and Kim Glenney’s Orthodox, hero of Churchill’s Grade III American Turf Stakes on Kentucky Oaks Day May 1, breezed a half-mile in :48 over Keeneland’s Polytrack course Monday and is now likely for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23 as the first leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple.
Orthodox joins Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, second by a neck in last fall’s Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, and Kalarikkal and Vilasini’s Summer Bird, sixth in the Grade I Kentucky Derby earlier this month, as a third headline attraction slated for the Classic, restricted to grass-favoring sophomores with international potential.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wednesday, May 13, 2009
JANKS JUMPS TO TOP OF ARLINGTON TRAINER STANDINGS
After saddling two winners on Sunday’s program, Illinois-based conditioner Christine Janks jumped to a narrow lead in Arlington’s trainer standings entering Thursday’s racing program. Was she aware of it?
“Actually, my husband Barry (who keeps detailed statistics on his wife’s career) let me know about it even before we had coffee this morning,” said Janks Monday morning. “I guess we might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
VISITING EXPERT SERIES RETURNS TO ARLINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 13, 2009) – Arlington Park, in cooperation with The Daily Racing Form’s DRF Press, will be offering a series of visiting handicapping experts who will be on hand for interviews, handicapping seminars, and book signings throughout the 2009 meet.
“We are re-instituting the Visiting Expert Series which we introduced in Arlington’s industry-leading Handicappers’ Information Center in 1983,” explained Professor M. Scott McMannis, host of Arlington’s Thoroughbred handicapping contests and seminars. “Back then, we brought in such luminaries and authors as Andy Beyer, Jim Quinn, Bill Quirin, William Scott, Steve Davidowitz, and more. The Visiting Expert Series was, and will be again, a meaningful expansion of Arlington’s thrust to educate as well as entertain our fans. We want to make our fans better handicappers.”
Tuesday, May 12 2009
Malagon, Ruiz Named to New Positions
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 11, 2009) – Arlington Park President Roy Arnold announced the promotion of two longtime Arlington Park employees, Ricardo Malagon and Gabriel Ruiz, to the positions of Synthetic Track Superintendent and Turf Course Superintendent, respectively.
Malagon and Ruiz succeed Javier Barajas, who resigned as Track Superintendent earlier this year to accept a similar position with the Dubai Racing Club.
Monday, May 11 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 10, 2009
GIANT OAK GETS SUNDAY BREEZE FOR ARLINGTON CLASSIC
Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak, runner-up in the Grade II Illinois Derby at last asking April 4 and a troubled fourth in the Grade II Louisiana Derby before that, breezed five furlongs in :59.80 Sunday morning at Arlington Park in preparation for the 75th running of the Arlington Classic May 23.
“It went well,” said Giant Oak’s trainer Chris Block of the morning move by the son of Giant’s Causeway. “We’ll probably breeze him again an easy half-mile Sunday or Monday and that will be it before the Classic.”
Sunday, May 10 2009
LONGSHOT SNAPPHOK TAKES CHESTER HOUSE STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 9, 2009) – Al Moorhouse’s Snapphok burst on the scene inside the furlong pole and drew off to win the $53,900 Chester House Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park. Inez Karlsson rode the son of Unreal Zeal, who covered the mile and a sixteenth over soft turf in 1:51.12.
Winless since capturing an allowance race over Arlington’s Polytrack main track last September, Snapphok, who has shown an affinity for soft turf, was largely ignored by the wagering public but the upset victory was not a complete surprise to his trainer Jim Gulick.