Wednesday, June 20 2012


Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wed., June 20


TRAINER BRIAN WILLIAMSON ADVANCING AMONG ARLINGTON’S ELITE

It wasn’t too many years ago that increasingly prominent conditioner Brian Williamson was known as an assistant to his father-in-law – the legendary Arlington trainer Harvey Vanier – but when the venerable Mr. Vanier retired in 2004 Williamson stepped up to take over the reins of that family-oriented operation.

However, this year, beginning at Oaklawn and now at Chicago’s northwest suburban oval, Williamson is in the midst of the best season of his own two decade-long career of saddling horses in his own name.





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Monday, June 18 2012


Arlington Park Barn Notes: Sunday, June 17


SANDIA CREST RIFLES RIVAL IN SATURDAY’S SPRINGFIELD STAKES
Hondo Ranch’s Sandia Crest closed like a shot in Saturday’s $126,500 Springfield Stakes, shocking most in the crowd of more than 10,000 on hand for Arlington’s 12th renewal of the Prairie State Festival for Illinois-breds.

Sandia Ranch’s win price of $42.40 was easily the largest of Saturday’s six stakes races restricted to horses foaled in the Prairie State, but it came as no surprise to his conditioner Frank Kirby – the gentle bear of a man who will always be remembered for capturing two training titles at Arlington 30 years apart.





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Thursday, June 14 2012


Arlington Park Barn Notes: June 13


HERSHELL DAVIS’S SON, DAUGHTER OFF TO THEIR OWN STARTS IN RACING

Fathers’ Day is upon us once again at Arlington, and who fits the profile of an ideal longtime Arlington-employed father better than Arlington’s assistant starter Hershell Davis, who began working on the local gate in 1989?

Davis, along with his Chicago-born wife Liane Davis – the veteran Arlington-based trainer – are the proud parents of four children, two of which have now chosen to follow their parents into the world of Thoroughbred racing.





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Tuesday, June 12 2012


Jackpot High 5 Hit for $1.1 million


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 10, 2012) – After going unclaimed for the first 23 racing days of the 2012 Arlington Park meeting, the JackPOT High-5 was finally solved on Sunday when one lucky bettor had the lone winning ticket worth $1,115,184.20, an all-time Arlington Park payout on a single wager.

The Jackpot High-5 is a $1 wager that requires the bettor to select the first five finishers in exact order in the last race of the day. The Jackpot provision means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one and only one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order.





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Sunday, June 10 2012


Arlington Park Carryover Advisory: Jackpot High 5 carryover at $939,885


The total pool will likely surpass the million-dollar mark on Sunday.

The Jackpot High-5 is a $1 wager that requires the bettor to select the first five finishers in exact order in the last race of the day. The Jackpot provision means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one and only one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order.





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Saturday, June 09 2012


Jackpot High 5 Carryover at more than $850,000 for Saturday


The Jackpot High-5 is a $1 wager that requires the bettor to select the first five finishers in exact order in the last race of the day. The Jackpot provision means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one and only one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order.

In the event there are multiple tickets sold with the first five finishers in exact order, 50% of the daily Jackpot High-5 pool will be distributed to those ticket holders and 50% of the daily Jackpot High-5 pool will be carried over to the next scheduled Jackpot High-5 event and added to any existing carryover pool.





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Thursday, June 07 2012


JACKPOT HIGH-5 CARRYOVER FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 8:  $778,070


The Jackpot High-5 is a $1 wager that requires the bettor to select the first five finishers in exact order in the last race of the day. The Jackpot provision means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one and only one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order.

In the event there are multiple tickets sold with the first five finishers in exact order, 50% of the daily Jackpot High-5 pool will be distributed to those ticket holders and 50% of the daily Jackpot High-5 pool will be carried over to the next scheduled Jackpot High-5 event and added to any existing carryover pool.





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Wednesday, June 06 2012


Arlington Park Barn Notes: Wed., June 6


Think in terms of threes this Saturday at Arlington! That’s when Chicago’s northwest suburban oval plays host to the largest Triple Crown Bash in the Midwest.

Reddam Racing’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another’s connections are hoping for another – that is a third victory in Saturday’s 144th running of the Belmont Stakes – making their 3-year-old colt the 12th horse in Thoroughbred racing history to sweep North America’s Triple Crown.





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Sunday, June 03 2012


‘ST. LOUIS’ POSTS MEAFARA UPSET


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 2, 2012) – William Stiritz’ St. Louis City surprisingly took the lead right from the start and never relinquished that advantage in Saturday’s $66,400 Meafara Stakes. The 18-1 outsider reported home a 2 ½-length winner under jockey Robby Albarado.

“She didn’t feel like an 18-1 shot and she didn’t run like an 18-1 shot,” Albarado said. “She got aggressive leaving there. I didn’t anticipate being on the lead but fortunately I was. She ran well within herself. She finished up real nice and ran on to the wire.”





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Arlington Park Barn Notes: June 2, 2012


ROGER BRUEGGEMANN UNCOMFORTABLE UNDER GLOW OF LIMELIGHT

Arlington trainer Roger Brueggemann is a nice guy with a ready smile – not truculent in the least – but he doesn’t like the limelight.

“I just don’t like to talk about myself,” Brueggemann explained during training hours on a recent morning at Arlington, one day after he saddled two winners to place himself firmly in the hunt for leading trainer honors at the local session. “For some reason, things never seem to work out for me whenever I do that.”





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Saturday, June 02 2012


Arlington Park Barn Notes: Friday, June 1


FAMOUS STABLE PONIES: ‘COACH’ SPRINTED WHILE ‘LAVA’ FLOWED

STD Racing Stable and Jason Wood’s Lava Man, who retired as the only horse in history to win Grade I races over dirt, grass and synthetic surfaces, is back in the news these days as the sidekick and escort pony for Reddam Racing’s 2012 Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another.

That’s as it should be, because the possibility of a Triple Crown sweep is always a positive boldface headline story for Thoroughbred racing, and the fact that I’ll Have Another was accompanied leading up to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness by California’s loveable Lava Man – and will be again leading up to the Belmont Stakes – just adds to the feel-good intrigue of all things equine.





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Thursday, May 31 2012


Arlington Park Barn Notes: Thurs. May 31


TRAINER ATTFIELD EYEING STARS & STRIPES FOR SIMMARD

English-born but Canadian-based trainer Roger Attfield, to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga this summer, has one of America’s oldest stakes races – Arlington’s 80th renewal of the Grade III Stars and Stripes – on his radar for Simmard, who won last week’s Grade III Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs and last winter’s Grade II Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park.

“We are certainly going to keep the Stars and Stripes under consideration for Simmard, and possibly for Musketier as well,” said Attfield, speaking over the phone from his barn at Woodbine mid-week. “When do the nominations close for that race? We’ll be taking a good look at it.”





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