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Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., the most successful rider in Thoroughbred history with 9,189 career wins, leads a list of six reinsmen, all over the 4,000-win milestone, who have mounts on Arlington Park's American Derby day program Sunday.
There are only 17 jockeys still active among the 40 that have amassed more than 4,000 career wins, and Sunday's Arlington colony sextet comprises more than one third of that total.
Pincay, a native of Panama who is also the only jockey to record more than 9,000 wins in his career, won the Arlington Park riding title in 1967.
After Pincay, the most successful of those riding locally Sunday is Earlie Fires, with more than 6,100 victories in his career. The native of Rivervale, Arkansas, to be inducted into the National Musuem Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga two weeks from now, has also won more races at Arlington Park than any other jockey in the history of Chicago's premier oval.
Fires has also accumulated six riding championships at Arlington, the most by any jockey in local history. They were recorded in 1966, 1969, 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1984.
Craig Perret, who won the first race of his own career at Arlington June 14, 1967, has since posed in the winner's circle more than 4,200 times. (Interestingly, Pincay had won the first American race of his career, also at the local oval, less than a year earlier.)
Perret boasts two riding titles at Arlington. The Louisiana native won the 1968 title by himself and tied with Fires for the championship in 1969.
Mark Guidry, Arlington's defending rider champion, has more than 4,100 career victories, and reached the 4,000-win plateau July 1 last summer at Arlington, 34 years to the day after Pincay won his first American race here. In addition to the 2000 riding title, Guidry was leading rider here in 1992.
Ray Sibille, also with more than 4,100 career victories, also rides at Arlington Sunday. The leading rider at Arlington in 1980, Sibille also boasts a perfect record in Breeders' Cup races, having won the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf in 1988 aboard Great Communicator, his lone Breeders' Cup mount to date.
Tim Doocy completes Sunday's "Chicago Six" that are beyond the 4,000-win milestone. Doocy, new to Arlington last summer after years of success mostly in the Southwest, rode his 4,000th winner at Arlington July 27, 2000, less than month after Guidry accomplished the same feat locally.
Morton Fink's Guided Tour, four-length winner of the Grade II Washington Park Handicap Saturday at Arlington, stood alone in his stall Sunday morning, playfully enjoying his hay rack.
"When there's no one around, that's usually a good sign," said Jennifer Brown over the phone from Louisville, where she serves as an assistant to Niall O'Callaghan, trainer of Guided Tour. "Seriously, I talked to the assistant staying with Guided Tour at Arlington this morning, and the horse is doing fine. He ate up well this morning.
"Guided Tour is one of those horses that doesn't get too upset over anything," Brown said. "He never misses an oat."
O'Callaghan, at Delaware Park Sunday to saddle Gary A. Tanaka's Humble Clerk in the Grade III Delaware Handicap, had some interesting post-race comments in the winner's circle Saturday at Arlington immediately after the Washington Park.
"We'll take a look at the Arlington Million," O'Callaghan said. "He broke his maiden on the grass, and he's a gelding, so we don't have to answer to anybody."
Thomas Alexander's Boggs Eyes, who showed a lot of heart when she turned back a challenge in the late stages of Saturday's $64,000 Winning Colors Stakes to tally by a head, was also in fine fettle Sunday morning at Arlington.
"She cooled out really well and ate up well last night," said Chris Richard, assistant to trainer Tom Amoss. "She really ran a dynamite race."
Tom Amoss, trainer of Boggs Eyes, was out of town and unable to provide a glimpse of future plans for the 3-year-old filly. However, the Winning Colors was designed to serve as a prep for the Grade III Singapore Plate August 11. That nine-furlong event was formerly known as the Arlington Oaks.
Weights for the Grade III Arlington Handicap and the Grade III Modesty Handicap, final local preps for the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. respectively, have been released by Arlington Park racing secretary David Bailey.
The 66th running of the Arlington Handicap and the 44th running of the Modesty will both be contested as part of "Million Preview Day" at Arlington July 28.
Also on that day, the 38th running of the Grade III Round Table will be run locally, while a simulcast of the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes from Great Britain's Ascot Racecourse will be offered at Arlington during the morning.
The King George, sponsored by De Beers, is the second leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship, with the Arlington Million serving as the third leg in the series. As the showcase event of the local season, the Arlington Million will be run on August 18 as part of the one-day International Festival of Racing, which also includes the Beverly D. and the Grade I Secretariat, the only three Grade I races offered in Illinois.
Juddmonte Farm's Senure, most recently the adjudged winner of the Grade I United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park July 1, heads the list of weights to the Arlington Handicap at 119 pounds. British-bred Timboroa, owned by Edmund A. Gann, is next in the weights at 117. Timboroa was third in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap in his most recent start June 10. Senure and Timboroa are both trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel, who saddled Juddmonte Farm's Chester House to win the Arlington Million last year. Arlington Handicap weights
Highweight on the Modesty list of weights is James C. Ruthsong's Megan's Bluff at 119 pounds. She became the first and only filly in history to win the Arlington Matron and the Arlington Oaks in the same year last summer. Modesty Handicap weights
Apprentice jockey Zoe Cadman had a riding triple Saturday at Arlington, winning the second race on Charles Buchanan & Nick Lang's Quiet Reflection; the fifth aboard Prestonwood Farm's Gambler's Do; and the seventh astride Carolyn Friedberg's Freeway Ticket.
Conditioner Tom Amoss registered a training double, winning the opener with Nelson Bunker Hunt's Sweetest Star and the Winning Colors Stakes with Boggs Eyes.
On July 23, 1949, Calumet Farm's Coaltown won the Arlington Handicap by three lengths.
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