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.
Friday, May 08 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 8, 2009
BAIRD OFF TO FLYING START AT ARLINGTON PARK
Veteran Chicago-born reinsman E. T. Baird is currently perched atop the leader board in Arlington’s jockey standings following a riding triple Thursday – fifth racing day of the young Arlington season.
After winning Thursday’s fifth aboard Frank Calabrese’s Sarahthetiger for trainer Danny Miller, the eighth on Richard Ravin and Larry Rivelli’s First Movement and the 10th on George Ditola and Larry Rivelli’s Big Bold Place – both conditioned by Rivelli – Baird has a 50 percent win ratio with seven wins from 14 mounts, while his nearest pursuer is jockey Junior Alvarado with five trips to the winner’s circle.
Thursday, May 07 2009
ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER LIVE MONEY HANDICAPPING CONTEST SERIES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 7, 2009) – Arlington Park, which introduced its first live money handicapping contest series in during the 2008 meet, is bringing the popular Arlington Handicapping Challenge back for 2009, starting this Saturday, May 9, with an added “Beat the Pro” feature for the first contest.
The live money series will be free to enter once again and offer berths into the 2010 Horse Player World Series. Players must be members of the Twin Spires Club (TSC) in order to participate, however membership in the TSC is free and contestants may join the TSC when signing up for the contest.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: May 6, 2009
EINSTEIN BRILLIANT IN 1ST STEPPING STONE TO ARLINGTON MILLION XXVII
Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein established himself as the early favorite for this summer’s 27th running of the Grade I Arlington Million – to be contested Aug. 8 – by driving to a hard-earned score in last weekend’s Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.
Perhaps fittingly, Einstein’s margin of margin of victory was by a head in last Saturday’s event over the Louisville lawn. The Woodford Reserve, run at nine furlongs, annually serves as the first step on the road to the 10-furlong Arlington Million – always the showcase race of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season.
Monday, May 04 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sun., May 3
ALVARADO ON TOP AT ARLINGTON FOLLOWING SATURDAY TRIPLE
Jockey Junior Alvarado, who completed a Saturday riding hat trick with a front-running two-length tally aboard the Moises Yanez-trained Voy Por Uno Mas, surged to the top of Arlington Park’s rider standings with four wins following Arlington’s first two racing days.
Voy Por Uno Mas, owned by the trainer and his wife Karen in partnership of Salvador Hernandez, fulfilled the promise of his Spanish name with a win in Saturday’s fourth running of the $100,000 Richard Radke Illinois Owners Stakes. It was the 5-year-old gelding’s first victory at the local oval since capturing the 2007 Honor Glide Stakes here in September of 2007.
Saturday, May 02 2009
Barn Notes: Saturday, May 02, 2009
‘SHORTY’ PEREZ PILOTS LONGEST PRICE ON ARLINGTON’S OPENING DAY
Friday’s opening day program of Arlington Park’s 2009 Thoroughbred racing season began with a bang when jockey Eduardo “Shorty” Perez guided Charles Sigrist and Del Sol Farm’s Sam Owen to a front-running neck tally in the first race of the afternoon.
Sam Owen, trained by part owner Moises Yanez, lit up the tote board with a win payoff of $68.60 – easily the longest-priced winner of the 10-race program. Combined with the $22.60 win payoff registered by William Logue’ Littlebutlively in the second race of the day, Friday’s opening day Daily Double returned $693.20.
Friday, May 01 2009
CORAGIL CAT REPEATS IN TIMELESS NATIVE STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 1, 2009) – Jim Tafel LLC’s Coragil Cat continues to show an affinity for Arlington Park’s all-weather Polytrack surface with his third stakes victory over the surface as the son of Forest Wildcat captured the $53,400 Timeless Native Stakes for the second straight year on Friday, opening day at the suburban Chicago racecourse.
Ridden by Diego Sanchez, the 5-year-old horse overcame a slow break, began to make up ground on the turn before angling out in the stretch to overtake favored Lissa’s Star inside the furlong marker to gain the 1 ¾-length victory, covering the mile in 1:34.83.
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, May 1
SATURDAY’S $100,000 ILLINOIS OWNERS STAKES HONORS RICHARD RADKE
Saturday’s fourth running of the $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes, partially renamed each year in recognition of a specified Illinois-based Thoroughbred owner, will honor Dr. Richard Radke, 81, who remains focused on improving his own Illinois-bred band although he has retired from the medical profession.
“I’m really proud of the Illinois program and have been an avid supporter of it for more than 40 years,” said Radke, speaking over the phone Friday. Radke’s horses have been trained by Arlington’s all-time leading conditioner Richard Hazelton throughout those four decades.
Thursday, April 30 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thursday, April 30, 2009
INEZ PREPARES FOR NEW ROLE AS QUEEN OF ARLINGTON
Jockey Inez Karlsson bulled her way to Arlington’s leading apprentice honors last year with a determined closing drive during the waning days of September. Then she continued that rally on the south of town to capture Hawthorne’s leading rider honors last winter.
But could she keep that pace going after losing the benefit of the weight allowance? Turned out not to be a problem at all. The newly-turned 26-year-old Swedish native battled veteran journeyman Tim Thornton for leading jockey honors at the recently-completed Hawthorne spring session before being narrowly bested on the last day of the season.
Wednesday, April 29 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thursday, April 29, 2009
RENE READIES TO DEFEND ARLINGTON PARK CROWN
Arlington Park’s defending champion jockey Rene Douglas has now tied Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires with six riding titles at Chicago’s premier Thoroughbred oval and also remains the only jockey in Arlington Park history to win four successive riding crowns.
However, Douglas preferred to talk about how he might improve when encountered on the apron during training hours Wednesday morning – two days before the opening of Arlington’s 98-day 2009 session.
Tuesday, April 28 2009
TRAINER JERRY CALVIN RETIRES – AT LEAST FOR NOW
Trainer Jerry Calvin, a consistent summer presence in Chicago and a horseman who ranks among the top 40 of Arlington Park’s all-time leading trainers, turned back his local stalls a couple of weeks ago and will remain at his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for the upcoming Arlington season which opens Friday.
“I’m not calling it a retirement just yet,” said Calvin, speaking over the phone from Arkansas Tuesday morning, “I may get back in the game at some future point, but I doubt it.”
Monday, April 27 2009
Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, April 26, 2009
STRAIGHT SHOOTING ‘BUG’ RIDER JOINS ARLINGTON COLONY
In 2008, a pair of apprentice riders – Brandon Meier and Inez Karlsson – provided much of the story line in the Arlington Park jockey race with their battle for leading bug rider going down to the meet’s final days with Karlsson edging out Meier, who left for California a few days before the end of the local season.
Perhaps looking at the success shared by that tandem, apprentice jockey Michael Straight has decided to move his tack from Florida to Chicago for the upcoming season at the suburban Chicago oval that begins Friday, May 1.