|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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The longest straight price of the Arlington Park season, officially in its second quarter Wednesday, was recorded in Sunday's finale when Oak Lane Stables' Doc Weaver challenged in the late stages to win that maiden event by one length for trainer George King.
The winner returned $114.40. Combined with Thomas R. Durant's You Are In Control, who came from further back late to gain the place in the event, the duo posted an exacta payoff of $1,057.20, also a record for the 2001 session at Chicago's premier thoroughbred oval.
Doc Weaver's tally was also the first win of the season for King, who was less surprised than the wagering public, but admitted Monday morning he would have been happy finishing in the money in Sunday's 10th race.
"I thought there were a couple of horses in the race we'd have trouble beating," said King. "In his last race here, this colt had to break from the #12 hole. He had to race wide on the turn, and completely lost his momentum. But in his start before that at Hawthorne, he didn't run a bad race. He finished second then, so he wasn't beaten that badly.
"I always thought this was a nice horse," King said. "I don't think he should have been that high of a price.
"I raced his mother (Rug Weaver)," the trainer said. "I won the Mata Hari with her at Sportman's Park a few years ago. Knowing how she ran, I'm dying to get this horse on the grass."
Although born in West Virginia, King has been racing on the Chicago circuit year round for the last 20 years. The conditioner, with 11 horses on the grounds, has a farm in Kankakee.
In the fourth race Sunday, Chris A. Dantin's Bailadora dueled for the early lead and then drew off late to post a four-length win, becoming the first three-time winner of the Arlington meeting.
However, Bailadora's win Sunday was the first of the year for trainer Alvin Sider, who had claimed the daughter of Robyn Dancer out of her previous winning race June 29.
"It was nice to get that win, but I didn't want to lose her, either," said Sider, who had the bay 4-year-old claimed back from him by her previous connections. "She's a nice little filly."
Trainer Moises Yanez haltered Bailadora for owner Valerie Peterson. She will share the ownership with Yanez.
"It seems like every time I claim one, I lose one," said Sider, who had two horses left in his shedrow going into Wednesday's program. "Everybody's looking for horses right now. I'll be back in the box (trying to claim horses) again today. Also, I've got another horse coming in from off the grounds in a couple of days, but it's nice to have picked up that first win to get things rolling again."
Sider has been a trainer on the Chicago circuit since 1988.
The Fantasy Stable Challenge, designed to further increase interest in the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, begins Wednesday.
The top three scorers in the competition will receives trips to Dubai for the Grade I Dubai World Cup next year and stay in luxury hotels there.
Racing fans all over the world can assemble their own "stables" of runners, jockeys and trainers to compete in the most prestigious races on the globe.
Those registering for this year's contest will be given credit for the victory of Mike Pegram's Captain Steve in the Grade I Dubai World Cup, as well as those of jockey Jerry Bailey and trainer Bob Baffert in the first race of the series on March 24. Fans can sign up at www.racingseries.com.
The next race in the series is the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, sponsored by De Beers, on July 28 at Ascot.
Following that Ascot affair, the Grade I Arlington Million at Arlington Park August 18 is the third leg of the series.
Before each of the upcoming races in the series, which includes the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf, fans will be able to select two horses and one jockey and trainer from a list of potential runners to compete for their stables.
As the contest progresses, contestants' stables will grow in numbers, and points will be assigned on a graded scale, with later races in the series worth more points.
Other races in the series, sponsored by Emirates Airlines, with its base of operations in Dubai, include the Grade I Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine September 30; the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp October 7; and the Group I Japan Cup at Tokyo November 25. The series concludes with the Group I Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin December 16.
The Grade I Arlington Million, centerpiece event of the Arlington Park season and showcase race in the one-day International Festival of Racing, is one month away as of Wednesday.
Arlington Park compiled an impressive record of 25 straight racing days without a scheduled grass race being taken off the turf prior to Wednesday's program.
Saturday will be "Umbrella Giveaway Day" at Arlington, with free umbrellas given away to the first 3,000 Twin Spires Club members in attendance that day. However, fans may sign up for the Twin Spires Club after passing through the gates Saturday and get the umbrella.
Post time for Million Preview Day on Saturday, July 28, will be 12 Noon. Earlier that morning, Arlington will simulcast the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, sponsored by De Beers, from Ascot Racecourse in Great Britain.
Mike North, midday host at The Score Sports Radio, 670 AM, will broadcast his show live from Arlington Park on Friday August 17, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. The show had been previously scheduled for Friday, July 27.
Jockey Uriel Lopez had a riding double on Sunday's program, and both wins came with big payoffs. Lopez rode Doc Weaver in the last race of the day. Earlier in the afternoon, Lopez had scored with Moe B Dick, owned by Gary R. Spielman, for trainer Mike Dini. That straight payoff was $41.20.
Jockey Chris Emigh also scored a riding double on Sunday.
Jockey Randy Meier rode one winner Sunday to move with two of the 3,500 milestone.
The band for Friday's Miller Lite "Party In The Park" will be JP & The Cats, an "oldies but goodies" cover band that originated in Chicago.
On July 19, 1947, Calumet Farm's Armed won the $55,000 Arlington Handicap by a length while carrying 130 pounds including jockey Doug Dodson.
On July 19, 1980, Hawksworth Farm's Spectacular Bid won the mile and an eighth Washington Park Handicap in track record time of 1:46 1/5.
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