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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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.”





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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.





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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.





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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.





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