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Twenty-one colts and two geldings have been nominated to the $75,000 Manila Stakes to be contested at one mile on the turf course at Arlington Park Saturday, October 20.
Stonerside Stable LLC's No Trouble, a Wild Again colt who was sixth in the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington on September 29, is prominent among the list of nominees. The Kentucky-bred was beaten less than seven lengths in that local fixture.
Glen Hill Farm's Dell Place, a gelding by Royal Academy who won over the grass course at Kentucky Downs September 23, is also nominated to the Manila.
James Arnold's Spring Winds, undefeated in three trips to the post in races restricted to Michigan-breds at Great Lakes Downs, is another interesting Manila nominee.
James McIngvale's Pharoah's Cat, winner of his only two starts, captured the $45,000 Kimberlite Pipe Stakes at Kentucky Downs in his last trip to the post September 22.
Jim Tilton's U S S Tinosa, who won the $75,000 Best of Ohio Juvenile Championship at Beulah Park by a length on October 8, is also nominated to the Manila.
The second annual Fegentri World Cup of Nations returns to Arlington Park Sunday, featuring amateur riders selected by random draw for their assigned mounts in Sunday's third race at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval.
Based on the Davis Cup format, the competition crowns a nation rather than an individual rider, and will include one man and one woman rider from each of the finalist nations of France, Germany, Switzerland, England and the United States.
Germany is currently the front runner in the international competition with 36 points going into Sunday, with Switzerland second with 24 points. France is third with 21 points, the United States fourth with 20, Italy fifth with 16, and England sixth with 13.
The Fegentri World Cup of Nations, sponsored by Thoroughbred Collections, will be contested at one mile on the turf for a purse of $22,000.
The leading German team will be represented by Carmen Bocskai and Henk Grewe during Sunday's competion final.
Representing the United States will be Blair Waterman from Virginia and Keith O'Brien from New York. England's team is Emily Jones and Philip Pritchard; the French team is Julie Laurent-Joye and Jean-Philippe Boisgontier; and the Swiss team is Regina Klein and Yves Von Ballmoos. Italy is not sending a team to Arlington for the finals.
A 'Make-A-Wish' fundraiser was held Friday at Arlington Park raising $90,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois.
The Plumbing and Piping Industry Day at the Races Committee sponsored the event for the local foundation that was founded 16 years ago to fulfill the wishes of children who are battling life-threatening illnesses in the 24 northern most counties of Illinois.
Fulfilling a child's wish gives a seriously ill child and his or her family the opportunity to momentarily forget the pain and sadness the illness has brought. The Make-A-Wish Foundation strives to provide the family with memories of joy and laughter so they may retreat from a life filled with hospitals, doctors and discomfort.
Children from two-and-a-half to 18-years-of-age are referred to volunteers who ask "If you had one wish, what would it be?" The Foundation then does everything possible to make that dream a reality.
Last year the Plumbing and Piping Industry of Northern Illinois made the wishes of 33 children come true.
Pam Devereux, director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois, and Yale Smith, chairman of the "Day at the Races" committee that came to Arlington Park, were the primary coordinators of Friday's group outing.
The planners of the event wished to specifically thank Kevin Clarke, Christine Gabriel and all the members of Arlington's television department; as well as Lynn Cannon, Tony Petrillo, Mario Ortiz and all the members of their staffs. Also, they wished to thank Doug Clements, the members of Arlington's Levy Restaurants team and Kim Weber of sales.
Vidal Malagon, one of the most familiar faces among Arlington Park employees as the man who delivers their mail, is also one of the happiest.
"He's always smiling," said Jack Bubolz, assistant racing secretary at Arlington. "He's always in a good mood, and he comes over here to our office at the drop of a hat whenever we ask him."
In the racing secretary's office, the delivery of the mail is of paramount importance, where horsemen depend on promptness for stakes nominations and numerous other necessities. Including Bubolz, a total of 10 Arlington employees nominated Malagon for an "Aspire Star" Award during the month of September.
The Aspire Star Recognition Program is Arlington Park's way of recognizing employees for excellence in service in their jobs. The various aspects of the qualities of ASPIRE: Atmosphere, Service, Presentation, Interaction, Respond and Resolve, and Exceed Expectations.
Malagon, born in Juana Guato, Mexico, and the father of five, is a Palatine resident who came to Arlington in 1995 as a seasonal employee.
"Vidal was asked to take over the mail room on an interim basis," said Tony Petrillo, director of facilities, "but he had such insight into the responsibilities of the operation it quickly became a full-time position. During the past couple of years his workload has increased substantially.
"Becky Reed is a senior Churchill Downs management company officer who visited Arlington earlier this year," said Petrillo. "She was so impressed with the work Vidal does here that she took many of his ideas back to Louisville.
"But most important, Vidal is just a great person," concluded Petrillo. "Everyone here likes him for his loyalty and willingness to exceed expectations, but mostly because he really brightens everybody's day."
Seventy-four years ago Sunday, on October 14, 1927, Harry Trotsek, who was inducted into the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga as a trainer in 1984, won the first race of his career - as a jockey!
Jockey Zoe Cadman, who won Friday's finale, will ride Freeway Ticket at Fairmount on Tuesday.
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