Wednesday’s “live” racing programs at Arlington this season end with the month of August, but Thursday through Sunday programs will continue for an additional three weeks until the northwest suburban oval’s 2008 session ends Sept. 21.
Naturally, one of the highlights during the dwindling days of any Arlington season is an extended Labor Day holiday weekend that includes the second of two Monday racing programs slated this summer on Labor Day, Sept. 1.
On Saturday, Arlington guests have the opportunity to experience the penultimate “Breakfast At Arlington” program and the chance to watch Thoroughbreds go through their morning training regimen while enjoying a breakfast buffet offered from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Track announcer John G. Dooley, trainer Liane Davis and television personality Lauren Masserella host the entertainment portion of the program which includes guests from among Arlington’s horsemen.
This Sunday, Arlington’s Family Day will give guests the opportunity to put on their dancing shoes as the “Hip Hop ConnXion Dance Show” takes the stage featuring youth performers form all over the Chicago area.
Between the shows, the dancers will give basic instruction in the art of Hip Hop dancing to the audience.
Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members will get to meet the track veterinarian at 11:45 a.m. in the Paddock as he shows them the various ways he cares for the horses at Arlington Park.
Arlington Park “goes green” for this coming weekend’s Labor Day Monday racing program. The rare Monday race day has been planned to attract Arlington guests who favor grass racing and is expected to be highlighted by as many as eight races to be run over Arlington’s world-famous turf course – weather and course condition permitting.
Also on Monday, there will be live blues and rock music presented by “Kevin Purcell & the Nightburners” on the Miller Lite Band Stage, and the next event in Arlington Park’s Handicapping Seminar Series featuring Joe Kristufek and Marcus Hersh.
ARLINGTON JOCKEYS FIRST IN FIVE OF SIX FAIRMOUNT STAKES TUESDAY
Richard Ravin and Larry Rivelli’s My Dominick James – a leading candidate for the upcoming Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 13, drew off for a facile 5 1/4-length score in Tuesday’s $50,700 Troy Our Boy Stakes at Fairmount Park.
Trained by Larry Rivelli and ridden by Tim Thornton, the Illinois-bred headed an all-Arlington-based trifecta in the Troy Our Boy. TNT Thoroughbreds IV’s Military Legend, trained by Doug Matthews and ridden by Inez Karlsson, finished second in the Southern Illinois juvenile stakes, while Lawrence Karp’s Big Smooth, conditioned by Joe Kasperski and piloted by Jesse Campbell, came in third.
An Arlington-based exacta was recorded in Fairmount’s $51,000 All Sold Out Stakes on the same day, with Robert Neumeyer’s Miss Fontana, trained by Jimmy DiVito with Karlsson astride, defeated William Stiritz’ Lose None, trained by Terry Gestes and ridden by Chris Emigh, by three-quarters of a length.
Fairmount’s $50,800 Pollyanna Pixie Stakes Tuesday also produced an Arlington-based exacta with Karp Family Living Trust and Ron Stone’s Lune Rouge, trained by Kasperski and ridden by Campbell, defeating T. C. Stable’s Big Lou, trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Eddie Razo, by a length and a quarter.
A third Arlington-based exacta at Fairmount Tuesday was completed in the $51,000 Tex’s Zing Stakes when Maggi Moss’s Classic R. J., trained by Amoss and piloted by Razo, proved best by a length and three-quarters over James Cristel’s Denos Keys, trained by Mark Cristel with Thornton aboard.
Arlington-based jockeys also finished one-two in Tuesday’s $51,000 Pete Condellone Memorial Handicap in Southern Illinois, when Campbell rode Edward Schnur’s Indian Moonshine to a length and a half tally over Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Stonehouse, piloted by Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires – Arlington’s all-time leading reinsman.
TWO ARLINGTON MILLION VETERANS WORK WEDNESDAY AT ARLINGTON
Chrysalis Stables’ Silverfoot breezed a half on the grass in :53.40 at Arlington Wednesday morning, while S J Stable’s Cloudy’s Knight went seven-eighths over the local lawn in 1:33.80. The two veterans of Arlington Million XXVI – fourth and seventh respectively – are being pointed for Woodbine’s Grade I Northern Dancer Turf at 12 furlongs Sept. 7.