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Apprentice jockey Zoe Cadman won the first race she ever rode, and it was right here at Arlington just over 13 months ago.
By the end of the summer session at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval, she'd kept visiting the winner's circle enough times to be voted an award as the "Rising Star" of the meeting. Then, this spring at Hawthorne, she validated that promise by becoming the first female in the 110-year history of Chicago Thoroughbred racing to win a riding title.
Why, then, would this 26-year-old, born in Johannesburg, South Africa but raised on her parents' native British soil, need "lucky charms"?
Obviously, the short answer is that she doesn't, but they arrived anyway from England earlier this week in the personage of her parents, Terry and Jo Cadman.
"Since we got here Tuesday, she's won a race every day we've been here," said Terry Cadman with paternal pride.
"I don't want to go anywhere else except right here at Arlington during our visit," said Jo Cadman, an ebullient mother who, not surprisingly, doubles as an entertainer.
Interestingly, the Cadmans had never seen their daughter ride in a Thoroughbred horse race prior to Wednesday.
"She was always around horses," said her mother. "Horses were a part of growing up for her. After all, a life without a horse isn't a life. But I always say she became a good rider in spite of me, because I put her on some awful ponies. One time I put her on one that threw her and she broke her thigh bone, but the poor thing, she never stopped smiling.
"Several years ago, she came home and told us, 'I'm going to America to be a jockey,'" her mother added. "She had her vision and her goal. All we could do was stay home and watch the plane go away with my little girl on it."
"When she won her first race last year, she called home and let us know," said her father, "but you haven't really got a concept of the whole thing. We had no idea at exactly what level she was winning races, because back home, it's unheard of for a girl rider to enjoy any success."
"But we did see that lovely film that Arlington did last year for her 'Rising Star' award," her mother said. "Tears came into my eyes the first time I saw that film. Everybody we know back home sees that film."
One fact about the vivacious Zoe Cadman that is unearthed from a conversation with her parents is that Zoe has a twin brother, Ro, who is totally unlike his sister.
"He's a quiet fellow who never wants to go anywhere, something like his father," her mother said. "Ro is 5'10", and has size 11 feet, and Zoe wears a size two," her mother said. "Wasn't it lucky it wasn't the other way around?"
"Zoe's like her mother," her father adds. "She's used to performing, which is what Jo does. I just sit in the background and pull the curtains."
"Back home, poor Terry is too often known as Jo Cadman's husband," her mother said, "but he's getting some revenge now. While we're here, he gets to see me introduced as Zoe Cadman's mother."
Who won the Super Bowl the year Laffit Pincay Jr. won his first race at Arlington Park?
Nobody. There was no Super Bowl in 1966. And yet Pincay keeps winning races as he makes his first Arlington Park appearance in several years this Sunday.
Not only did Pincay win the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting title when that session concluded Monday, but he registered a riding triple on Wednesday, opening day at Del Mar. Pincay added two more wins to his credit Thursday "where the turf meets the surf," and still another on Friday, to be leading rider at Del Mar going into Saturday's program, with the latest six of his 9,189 career wins.
In honor of his unprecedented career as the jockey with the most wins in Thoroughbred racing history, Arlington chairman Richard L. Duchossois will present Pincay with an engraved watch after Sunday's seventh race in a special winner's circle ceremony. Pincay rides Columbine Stable's Sligo Bay in Sunday's ninth race, the Grade II American Derby.
Nominations have been released for the troika of Grade III races that make up Arlington Park's Million Preview Day program on July 28.
Nine Arlington Million nominees are among the 16 nominations to the $250,000 Arlington Handicap, which serves as the final local prep for the Grade I Million. Arlington Handicap nominees
Twelve Beverly D. nominees are among the 27 fillies and mares nominated to the $150,000 Modesty Handicap. That distaffer test is the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. Modesty Handicap nominees
Fifteen 3-year-olds are on the nominations list for the $150,000 Round Table Stakes, to be contested July 28 at a mile and an eighth on the main track. Round Table Stakes nominees
The Arlington Million, the Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat, all on the grass and slated for August 18, are the only three Grade I races offered in Illinois and comprise the main events of the International Festival of Racing on that day.
Jockey Randy Meier, the 47-year-old locally-based reinsman who reached the 3,500-career win milestone Thursday at Arlington Park, will be presented with a clock in recognition of his achievement during winner's circle ceremonies after the sixth race Saturday. The Nebraska native, currently third in the Arlington standings, became the 61st rider in thoroughbred racing history to reach that milestone in the final race of Thursday's program.
Hall of Fame reinsman Laffit Pincay Jr., with 9,189 career wins through Friday's program at Del Mar, will be presented with an engraved watch during special ceremonies following the seventh race at Arlington Sunday. Pincay returns to Arlington for the first time since becoming the leading rider in thoroughbred racing history. It was at Arlington in 1966 that Pincay won the first American race of his career. The Panamian returns to Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval to ride Columbine Stable's Sligo Bay in Sunday's Grade II American Handicap.
Jockey Rene Douglas had a consecutive riding double Friday at Arlington to pull within one victory of leading rider Mark Guidry, the defending champion at the local oval. Douglas won the sixth race on Peters, Wells and Von Hemel's Creek County and the seventh aboard Frank C. Calabrese's Cool Dancer.
Jockey Jesse Campbell and his father, trainer Mike Campbell, teamed for a consecutive jockey-trainer double in Friday's second and third races with Mellon Patch, Inc.'s Mahlique and David A. Patnaude's Kelly's Silver.
Jockey Mark Guidry, who rode Dan W. White's Burn Ban to victory Friday, went over the $1 million mark in purse earnings for the local season on Thursday's program.
The Grade II Delaware Handicap from Delaware Park will be simulcast as a "special event" to Arlington Sunday between the fifth and sixth races on Arlington's 10-live race program.
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