Arlington Park’s always festive Mother’s Day program this Sunday will be enhanced when local jockeys dressed in racing silks will on hand at all entrances to present a free rose to the first 7,500 ladies through the gates.

This season, however, Chicago’s northwestern suburban Thoroughbred oval is also offering admission prices reduced by 30 percent to those who make their holiday reservations online for Arlington’s Mother’s Day racing program.

Perennially one of the most anticipated holidays of Arlington’s racing season, Mother’s Day will also offer family entertainment such as pony rides and a petting zoo for Arlington’s youngest fans.

Also this Sunday, children 12 and under may sign up and participate in Arlington’s Junior Jockey Club where they will be able to craft a picture frame for Mother.


Eddie Kenneally and Brian Rose’s Artic Cry, a game second in Gulfstream’s grassy Grade III Appleton Stakes at last asking March 28, has been installed has the lukewarm 5-2 choice in Saturday’s $50,000 Chester House Stakes at 1 1/16-miles over Arlington Park’s world famous turf course.

Trained by part-owner Kenneally, Artic Cry gained the advantage at the furlong marker in the Appleton but missed by a half-length at the wire. Previously, however, the 4-year-old Rahy gelding won two in a row over the Gulfstream grass.

Capable of providing strong competition for Artic Cry is Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Telling, the Chester House’s 3-1 morning line second choice. Telling, a 5-year-old son of A. P. Indy, dead-heated for the runner-up spot in a nine-furlong allowance race at Keeneland in his most recent start April 9 over the Lexington lawn.

Artic Cry will be ridden by Oaklawn’s 2008 jockey champion Eddie Razo, while Telling gets the riding services of Rene Douglas, Arlington’s six-time leading jockey.

John Goldthorpe’s Tiger Woodman, a winner over the Keeneland grass April 11, is the third choice in the Chester House morning line at 9-2 with James Graham slated for the saddle.

James Messineo’s Major Rhythm, hero of Arlington’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Handicap in 2006 as well as last summer’s $54,000 Rossi Gold Stakes here, has Florent Geroux named in the irons and cannot be discounted although he is making his first start since a sixth-place finish in last summer’s Stars and Stripes on July 4.

Completing the Chester House field is Louie Roussel III’s Minister’ Joy, Eddie Perez aboard; Kenneth Fishbein’s Alone At Last, Randy Meier slated for the saddle; Al Moorhouse’s Snapphok, Inez Karlsson astride; and Encore Racing Stable and James McMullen’s Yankee Injunuity, Jesse Campbell in the tack.


Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Ghanaati, a Kentucky homebred daughter of Giant’s Causeway, won last Sunday’s Group I 1000 Guineas over Great Britain’s Newmarket Racecourse. That one-mile grass race for sophomore members of the distaff set was inaugurated in 1814.

This Sunday, George Strawbridge’s British-bred Fantasia head a field of 14 remaining in the Group I Poule d’Essai des Pouliches – also known as the French 1000 Guineas – at Longchamp Racecourse on the outskirts of Paris. That eight-furlong test was first run as a race restricted to 3-year-old fillies in 1883.

However, a little more than two weeks away on May 23 as part of a four-stakes afternoon in suburban Chicago, Arlington Park will host the second running of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas for 3-year-old fillies at one mile over the local lawn. The American 1000 Guineas winner will receive an automatic invitation to Hollywood Park’s Grade I American Oaks Invitational on July 5.

Also, on May 24, one day after the American 1000 Guineas, the Group I Irish Oaks – first run in 1922 – will be contested in Ireland at The Curragh.