|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Gary A. Tanaka's Rose of Zollern, heroine of the $100,000 HBPA Handicap at Ellis Park July 14, is expected to head a probable field of nine fillies and mares in Saturday's Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap.
The nine-furlong Matron, final graded stakes of the 2001 Arlington Park season that ends October 28, will be observing its 65th renewal.
Rose of Zollern, an Irish-bred mare trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, is expected to be the starting highweight in the field, after being assigned 118 pounds by Arlington racing secretary David Bailey for the Matron. The Irish-bred mare was most recently fifth, beaten just over six lengths in the Grade III Gardenia Handicap on August 11 at the Western Kentucky oval, when asked to negotiate muddy going.
Dan White & Pepper Tree Farms' Asher, who won the Gardenia by two lengths in a wire-to-wire performance, could provide strong competition for Rose of Zollern once again. The gray/roan filly finished seventh in the Grade III Turfway Park Breeders' Cup Stakes September 22 at that Northern Kentucky course. Asher has been assigned 116 pounds in the Matron.
Others likely at this time for upcoming holiday weekend highlight are G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Lady Melesi, 115; and Gary A. Tanaka's Humble Clerk, 114.
Assigned 113 pounds among the expected Matron contestants are Ol Memorial Stable's Kris Pit, Yoshio Fujita's Maltese Superb and Northwest Farms' Taste the Passion.
In light and likely for the Matron Handicap at 111 pounds are Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Adam's Time and James Tafel LLC's Lakenheath, the only 3-year-old among the expected participants.
The second round of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship -- with its all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, $100,000 grand prize and national recognition as NTRA/Daily Racing Form Handicapper of the Year -- returns to Arlington Park and its five Trackside OTBs on Saturday.
Arlington Park, combined with Trackside Arlington Park, plus the four other off-track facilities will be the five host sites for the continuing contest, observing its third annual renewal this year. After Saturday, there will be two remaining preliminary rounds of the contest on October 13 and October 20, leading up to the finals at Trackside Arlington Park on Saturday, November 10.
Preliminary winners, who are eligible for weekly prizes at each site, will compete in the finals at Trackside Arlington Park on November 10. Those four lucky winners will win all-expense paid trips to Las Vegas to compete for the $100,000 first prize against top qualifying handicappers from across the country. The quartet also will compete as Team Arlington in the team competition.
George McCall won the first preliminary round of the contest last Saturday by being the only contestant to pick eight winners. McCall competed at Arlington Park and won a $300 prize in addition to qualifying for the November 10 finals.
Complete results of the first round of the contest last Saturday are available online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
The Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere, seventh leg of the World Series Racing Championship in 2001, will be simulcast to Arlington Park at 10:30 a.m. Central time this Sunday.
The race, showcase of the French Thoroughbred racing season, will be contested at a mile and a half over the lawn at Longchamp, for a purse of about $1,500,000 in U.S. currency.
Arlington Park will offer a breakfast on the West Apron beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, well in advance of the main French event of the morning. Breakfast will be $3.95, but coffee will be complimentary.
Earlier races on the program from Longchamp, the historic oval outside Paris, will include the Group I Prix de l'Opera at 8 a.m. Central time; the Group I Prix de l'Abbaye at 8:35; the Group I Prix Marcel Boussac at 9:10; and the Group I Grand Criterium at 9:45.
Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel and announcer John G. Dooley will host the simulcast for North American audiences from the apron level on a set decorated with French posters and flags.
Also as part of the French simulcast will be the Handicap Epreuve, an allowance race on the grass, at 11:15 a.m. following the 'Arc.'
The second and final Monday racing program of the 2001 Arlington Park season will be offered during this weekend's special Columbus Day Thoroughbred session.
Monday's Columbus Day racing program, with its 12:30 a.m. post time, will feature a "Bring Back the '50s" theme, with retroactive price of one dollar for many items.
Admission will be $1, and programs will also be priced at $1. Food and beverage specials, including hot dogs, soft drinks, popcorn and novelty ice cream will be priced at 50 cents, as Arlington celebrates the Golden Age of rock 'n' roll.
To add to the ambience of the '50s theme, video clips of classic TV shows and ads from that decade will be shown on the in-house broadcast and infield giant screen, and the music played over the track's in-house audio between races will feature popular oldies tunes.
Radio personality Dick Biondi from Oldies 104.3 FM will be joined by the PT Cruiser Crew at Arlington from Noon to 2 p.m., and the radio station will do live call-ins from the track and feature promotional giveaways and prizes.
Justin Cassity, who has been handling the engagements of jockey Shane Laviolette for several years, has also taken over the book of jockey Zoe Cadman. Laviolette has been one of the hottest riders on the grounds in recent days, with seven winners during the week of September 23-29, and Cadman was the leading rider at Hawthorne Race Course last spring.
Britt McGehee, jockey agent for Frank Lovato Jr., could score an unprecedented double during Monday's Columbus Day feature here, the $50,000-added Silver Maiden Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Lovato will ride Northwest Farms' Flows Like Wine in the Silver Maiden. In 1997 McGehee saddled Frank C. Calabrese's Silver Maiden, namesake of Monday's feature, to win the Grade II Arlington-Washington Lassie.
Date Time Event
Sat. Oct. 6 First post 12:30 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (2nd Round)
Sun. Oct. 7 8 a.m. Arc de Triomphe Simulcast - Breakfast at Arlington
Mon. Oct. 8 First post 12:30 p.m. Columbus Day -- "Bring Back the '50s"
Sat. Oct. 13 First post 12:30 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (3rd Round)
Sun. Oct. 14 First Post 12:30 p.m. World Cup of Nations Cup - Amateur Riders (United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland)
Sat. Oct. 20 First post 12:30 p.m. Daily Racing Form/NTRA Handicapping Contest (4th Round)
Sun. Oct. 21 First post 12:30 p.m. NFL Pigskin Pig Roast at Arlington Park
Wed. Oct. 24 6 - 8 p.m. Breeders' Cup Handicapping Seminar Trackside Arlington Park
Sat. Oct. 27 First post 10 a.m. Breeders' Cup Day
Sun. Oct. 28 First post 12:30 p.m. Free Admission - Fan Appreciation Day at Arlington Park
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