|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
A small group of stakes winners can be expected to match strides in Sunday's $50,000-added Bowl Game Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth over Arlington Park's grass course.
Carolyn Friedberg's Minor Wisdom, most recently a courageous winner of the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Mile at Kentucky Downs, may be a slight choice in the wagering based on that September 23 outing. The 5-year-old Illinois-bred is also well known to Chicago-area racing fans for winning the Grade III Hawthorne Derby.
However, Frank C. Calabrese's Langston, who finished a neck behind Minor Wisdom in the $100,000 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Handicap here September 3, is expected to be a worthy rival among the Bowl Game probables.
Arthur I. Appleton's Galic Boy, winner of the $60,000 John Henry at Arlington over a yielding turf course August 17, is another expected participant in Sunday's local headliner. Galic Boy was a good fifth, beaten just over two lengths in the Sea O'Erin at last asking.
Team Block's Reno Rumble, the nose victor of the $45,000 Tex's Zing Handicap September 16, is also considered likely for the Bowl Game on Sunday. Reno Rumble won the $75,000 Cardinal Handicap on June 23, Prairie State Festival Day, at the beginning of the Arlington Park season.
Another considered likely for Sunday's Bowl Game Stakes is Bennett Powell & Ronnie Lamarque's Kris's Sleigh. Richard Englander's Orleans Road, and Carol Gregg's Big Scoop are also possible starters in that feature attraction.
World-renowned jockey Shane Sellers, whose riding career is currently in limbo while his singing career flourishes, was the main entertainment at the annual Arlington Awards Dinner held Wednesday evening at Arlington Trackside.
Jockey Frank Lovato Jr., another musically talented rider who is enjoying success during his first full season at the local oval, joined Sellers on stage during the evening festivities which featured country music and various comedy acts.
Headlining those accepting awards during the evening was trainer Jackie Wright, a talented but low profile conditioner who was named "Rising Star" of the 2001 Arlington season.
Wright, who served as an assistant to trainer Wayne Catalano before going out on her own late last season, has enjoyed a healthy 17 per cent win percentage with an average win payoff of almost $30 on those of her horses who have reached the winner's circle here.
Appropriately, Wright saddled the victor in Wednesday's finale just hours earlier, when she posed in the winner's circle with Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Deputy Marshall for a straight payoff of $18.80.
Past winners of the "Rising Star" Award include such prominent names as jockey Robby Albarado in 1995 and trainer Chris Block in 1997. Last year's winner, jockey Zoe Cadman, became the first female rider to capture a title at any Chicago oval when she took down winning honors at Hawthorne Race Course this spring, while 1996 winner Todd Graves is now the main assistant to nationally known trainer Elliott Walden.
Jockey Rene Douglas, riding full-time at Arlington for the first time this summer, is far in front in the local rider standings and accepted his award as jockey champion for the 2001 season.
Owner Frank C. Calabrese, who tied for leading owner honors locally one year ago with Lothenbach Stables, is far in front on his own this season at Arlington Park and accepted his award as leading owner of the year.
The trainer's race at Arlington in 2001 is far too close to call at the present time, and current leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, last year's winner Wayne Catalano, veteran conditioners Tommy Tomillo and Chris Block were all recognized as possible winners of the 2001 Arlington training title.
In the midst of the unusually cold weather of recent days, Arlington Park has started a clothing drive among Arlington employees on behalf of its own backstretch workers that will remain open through Friday.
The Arlington Park Clothing Drive originated with an idea by Kristine Stabler, vice president of community relations at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval.
"When we think of community relations we often are more aware of opportunities outside our own gates," said Frank Gabriel, vice president of racing and operations. "However, as Kris Stabler pointed out to us several days ago, we have our own community here at Arlington Park that we can help and support and that is the group that works on our backstretch."
Arlington plans to accept donations of outerwear items will include "gently used" coats, jackets, boots, scarves, gloves, mittens, hats, sweatshirts, sweaters, and pants. Adults and children's sizes will be accepted.
Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh, the Chicago Tribune's Dave Surico and the Daily Herald's Ron Uchman will host a Breeders' Cup Seminar at Arlington Trackside Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
The three local handicappers will analyze all the races in next Saturday's eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to be run at Belmont Park in New York.
Added attractions at the Trackside Seminar will be free soft drinks, a pocket wagering guide specifically designed for the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and a copy of the post positions for each race that will have been drawn earlier that day.
Arlington Park's training track will close Sunday, October 28 with the main track remaining open for training until Thursday, November 1. The entire barn area will be shut down Saturday, November 3.
Two jockeys recorded riding doubles at Arlington Park on Wednesday. Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman won the first race aboard Bruner, Mullen & SSH Racing LTD's What's Up Kittycat, and the finale astride Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Deputy Marshall. Jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. won the second on Francisco Parra Garcia's Shimed, and was up in the sixth on Crown's Way Farm's Garesche.
Bob Benoit, of Bob Benoit & Associates, Arlington Park's official track photographer, and a publicity and marketing pioneer in Thoroughbred racing, informs that the first four-bagger by any Arlington Park jockey was recorded by W. Bowden on Saturday, October 15, 1927. Bowden won the first, second, sixth and seventh races that day.
Date Time Event
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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