Jockey Jesse Campbell, in the midst of his most successful summer at Arlington, padded his place position in the current jockey standings Friday by scoring a riding triple.
It may seem like just a couple of years ago that the Lake Zurich resident received his high school diploma during Arlington winner’s circle ceremonies, but it’s been more than a decade, and in the intervening years the 30-year-old Campbell has become one of the most accomplished of Midwestern reinsman, not only in Chicago but also at his recent winter base in New Orleans.
Those two winners also produced a whopping midday all-Campbell daily double of $446.40, and the rider’s third winner came in the eighth race on John Guckien and Richard Perkins’ Bill of Bills for a $7 win payoff.
Friday’s three-bagger gave Campbell 39 winners for the Arlington season, seven more than his nearest pursuer for the second spot in the standings. To what did Campbell attribute this summer’s success?
“Last year, I went to Keeneland after the Fair Grounds season,” said Campbell during training hours Saturday morning at Arlington, “but this season I came straight back to Chicago and tried to ride about three a day at Hawthorne.
“That plan worked out perfect,” said Campbell, “because I think it helped me get off to a good start here. This is home for me, and being home again has helped me make this a ‘fun’ summer. It’s not just a job for me right now. It’s been fun seeing my family and all my relatives – especially with the wedding coming up in September.”
Campbell will marry Allyson Morrissey, Arlington Park’s event manager, in Barrington, Illinois, on September 28.
Arlington’s 2006 jockey champion Chris Emigh, in fifth place in the current standings, also enjoyed a multi-win afternoon Friday, winning the first race aboard William Stiritz’s Would B Tenured and coming back in the third astride Marianne Smith’s Whataclassybroad.
KIRBY QUICK TO SHARE CREDIT FOR THURSDAY’S TRAINING FEAT
Arlington-based conditioner Frank Kirby, known for winning two Arlington training titles 30 years apart, pulled off another unusual conditioning accomplishment Thursday by saddling two winners – neither of which had started in more than a year.
In Thursday’s sixth race, Kirby took down winning honors with Stanley G. for a $31 win price, and posed for another win picture after the finale with Sweet Darlene for an $8.20 payoff.
The two wins also gave owners Gary and Beth Leverton an owner double for the day, and provided apprentice jockey Inez Karlsson with two of her four wins of the afternoon.
Stanley G.’s previous start had come on April 29 of 2007 at Hawthorne, while Sweet Darlene had not been to the post since May 25 of that year.
While accepting congratulations for the training accomplishment, Kirby was also quick to distribute the kudos.
“A lot of the credit should go to Jorge Moreno,” said Kirby. “He’s been my farm manager for 35 years and he’s been a very important part of my team. He’s always been very good with ‘lay-up’ horses and bringing them back to racing condition before he sends them back to me.”
AMAZING RESULTS, BLUE EXIT SCRATCHED FROM AMERICAN DERBY
Team Block’s Amazing Results and Joseph Allen et al.’s Blue Exit were both scratched Saturday morning from the Grade II American Derby later in the afternoon.
Amazing Results breezed a half in :50.00 earlier in the morning, and Blue Exit was credited with a three-eighths breeze in :40.80 late Friday morning
CIRCUS COMING TO ARLINGTON PARK SUNDAY
The Circus is coming to town as part of Arlington’s Family Day this Sunday, featuring “The Circus Boy Show.”
The show is known for featuring a blend of audience participation and circus skills, including trick bicycling, stilt-walking and juggling.
Members of the Junior Jockey Club get to take a trip to the starting gate Sunday to watch Thoroughbreds in action as a race begins.