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.
Friday, April 24 2009
PLACE PICK 9; MULTI-TRACK Z-BET (HIGH-5) WAGER
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 22, 2009) – Arlington Park has a new wager and enhancements on existing wagers on tap for its 2009 season, which begins on Friday, May 1, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 27.
For the first time in its history, Arlington Park will offer a Place Pick 9 wager that will usually begin with each afternoon’s first race. The $1 minimum wager requires a bettor to correctly select either the first-place or second-place finisher in nine consecutive races. In the event there is no ticket sold which designates the nine official first- or second-place finishers of the Place Pick 9 races, 25% of the net pool will be distributed to the holders of the tickets that correctly pick the most races correctly, and 75% of the net Place Pick 9 pool will be carried over to the next day.
Monday, April 20 2009
Arlington Park News Release: Party in the Park returns May 22
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 20, 2009) – Once again this summer, Arlington Park will be “the place to be” to kick off your weekends with the Miller Lite Party in the Park on Friday afternoons. The popular promotion returns May 22, the Friday before Memorial Day, and runs through Sept. 4, the Friday before Labor Day. Post time Friday throughout the season will be at 2:30 p.m. (except July 3 at 4 p.m. and two post Labor Day Fridays Sept. 18 & 25 when post time will be 2 p.m.)
The Miller Lite Party in the Park features a combination of live music from top local bands or DJs, the excitement of live Thoroughbred racing plus food and beverage specials. In addition to the music element, Arlington will usher in new activities for 2009 including Baggo and other interactive games, plus guests will be able to have their pictures taken by an on-site photographer who will make the photos available to them online for free downloading.
Friday, April 17 2009
MILLER LITE SATURDAY TASTE OF SUMMER NEW FOR 2009 SEASON
An addition to the Arlington Park promotional calendar for the 2009 season is the Miller Lite Saturday Taste of Summer which runs from May 23, the Saturday before Memorial Day, through Sept. 5, the Saturday before Labor Day. The Miller Lite Saturday Taste of Summer features live music by popular local bands plus delicious food and beverage specials. First race and first song each week is at 1 p.m. (12:15 p.m. on June 6, July 11 and Aug. 8).
In addition to live music, the Saturday Taste of Summer will feature Baggo and other interactive games plus guests will be able to have the pictures taken by an on-track photographer who will make the photos available for them to download at no charge.
Wednesday, April 15 2009
Barn Notes: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
OAKLAWN TRIO FIRST TO ARRIVE AT ARLINGTON PARK FOR 2009 SEASON
With horse vans beginning to back-up on the access road leading into the Arlington Park stable area, a decision was made to spring the gates a few minutes ahead of the planned 7 a.m. opening, which pleased both the humans and equines patiently waiting in vehicles just outside the entrance.
First to arrive as usual was Steve Hobby, who drove his truck through the gates at about 6:50 a.m. ahead of the three Creech horse vans that were carrying a total of 21 horses for the affable trainer.
ARLINGTON PARK FAMILY DAYS, JUNIOR JOCKEY CLUB RETURN FOR 2009 SEASON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 14, 2009) – One of the best ways for a family to spend a Sunday afternoon together is at Arlington Park. Every Sunday from May 24 through Sept. 6 is a Family Day, which returns for the 2009 season with new themes that include partnerships with area sports teams including the Schaumburg Flyers and the Chicago Fire; area attractions such as Legoland, DuPage Children Museum and Brookfield Zoo; and three “family friendly” concerts.
Also on Sundays, children can sign up and participate in Arlington Park’s Junior Jockey Club, which is open to kids 12 and under. The Junior Jockey Club, which is free to join, educates children about Arlington Park and horse racing through hands-on activities and giveaways. Children 17 and under are always admitted free to Arlington Park. Post time on Sundays throughout the season is at 1 p.m.
Monday, April 13 2009
Stable Area opens Wednesday; Training begins Friday
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 13, 2008) --- Much in the way that pitchers and catchers reporting is a sign that Spring has arrived for baseball fans, horse racing’s “Spring training” begins with the arrivals of the first colts and fillies to a racetrack’s stable area.
“Spring training” at Arlington Park begins Wednesday, April 15, when the track opens its barn area at 7:00 a.m. Several outfits are expected to arrive throughout the day on Wednesday, the first day the track’s barn area is available for stabling for the 2009 season, which begins on Friday, May 1.
Thursday, April 09 2009
ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER TWO LIVE MONEY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (April 8, 2009) – Arlington Park will offer handicappers two chances to qualify for the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) to be held in Las Vegas in January 2010. Each Arlington-sponsored tournament will be “live-money” tournaments and offer cash prizes as well as three berths into the national tournament, which in 2009 offered more than $1,000,000 in prize money. Registration for both tournaments will be accepted beginning Wednesday, April 15, 2009, online at http://www.arlingtonpark.com
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The first of the two tournaments is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at Trackside Arlington Park and will be limited to 300 entries with a maximum of two entries per person. Players will be responsible for purchasing a $500 wagering card at the time of registration, which will serve as the player’s live bankroll for contest purposes.
Wednesday, April 01 2009
ARLINGTON PARK TO OFFER PURSE ENHANCEMENT TO OVERNIGHT RACES WITH 10 OR MORE WAGERING INTERESTS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (March 31, 2009) – In a continued effort to provide the wagering public the best racing product possible, Arlington Park management announced that they have reached an agreement with the Illinois Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association (ITHA) to offer a bonus of up to five percent of the base purse of overnight races contingent upon the number of distinct wagering interests in the starting field.
The base purse of overnight races that leave the starting gate with 10 or 11 separate wagering interests will be increased by 2.5% while the base purse of overnight races that start with 12 wagering interests will receive a 5% boost. For example, should a maiden special weight race with a base purse of $28,000 leave the gate with 10 or 11 wagering interests, that purse will be increased to $28,700 and increased again to $29,400 should a full field of 12 betting interests start.