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Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddled two winners on the Thursday racing program at Arlington Park to reassume a two-win advantage in the contentious local standings. There are three racing days left in the season on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hollendorfer, who had led the trainers' race virtually throughout the summer and fall, was tied with the defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano following Wednesday's program after posing in the winner's circle one time.

Thursday's training double for Hollendorfer came on the last two races on the program, when he saddled The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Skipingo to win the eighth race and came right back with Peter Abruzzo, Robert Chapman & Jerry Hollendorfer's Grey Velvet in the finale.

Catalano, with a training double on Sunday, had briefly wrested the lead away from Hollendorfer for the first time during current meeting at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval.

Hollendorfer, perennially the leader among trainers in Northern California, brought a contingent to Arlington on a full-time basis for the first time this season.

Through Thursday, Hollendorfer's totals were 39 winners from 209 starters, with 24 seconds and 32 thirds. Catalano had 37 winners from 130 starters, with 23 seconds and 16 third-place finishes.


A field of 10, including the two highweights Histoire Sainte and Ioya Two, was named to contest Sunday's $75,000 Estrapade Handicap, the closing day feature of 2001 at Arlington Park.

The inaugural running of the Estrapade will be restricted to fillies and mares 3-years-old and upward and be contested a mile and a sixteenth on the turf course. The middle distance affair is named for Allen E. Paulson's mare who became the only female to win the Grade I Arlington Million when she captured the 1986 renewal.

Gary A. Tanaka's Histoire Sainte, who has shipped to Del Mar and back from Arlington this season, made her last local start on July 28, Million Preview Day at Arlington. The French-bred mare finished fourth in the Grade III Modesty Handicap that day, but was only beaten a length and a quarter for all of it.

After missing in the Modesty, the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. during the International Festival of Racing August 18, Histoire Sainte journeyed to Southern California and finished fourth once again, two and a half lengths behind the winner in the Grade II Palomar Handicap September 1.

Histoire Sainte is scheduled to accept the top impost of 119 pounds in the Estrapade assigned by Arlington racing secretary David Bailey, most of which will be made up by jockey Eddie Razo Jr.

Team Block's Ioya Two, assigned 118 pounds in the Estrapade, is also expected to go to the post if the race remains on the grass. Ioya Two won the Modesty with a courageous front-running performance. Since that career highlight trip to the winner's circle, the homebred daughter of Lord At War came back to capture an allowance race at Arlington September 27 contested over a yielding turf course she did not like.

Arlington's leading rider Rene Douglas is named to handle the reins on Ioya Two, who also won the $75,000 Lincoln Heritage here June 23 on Prairie State Festival Day.

Facing the two highweights in descending order of weights, are Frank C. Calabrese's Golden Antigua, Corey Lanerie; Arbaway Farm's Lady Angharad, Eddie Martin Jr.; Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.'s Lady of Peace, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; My Jo Lee Stable, Inc. & Hurstland Farms, Inc.'s Please Sign In, Randy Meier; Live Oak Plantation's Song for Annie, Ray Sibille; J. DeHaven, T. Hazelrigg & M. Bello's Mauricienne, Chris Emigh; John Spencer III's Little Won, Frank Lovato Jr; and Fraser Racing Stable's Meadow Peace, Carlos Silva.


Jockey Corey Lanerie, trainer Mickey Goldfine and the ownership partnerships of Peter Abruzzo, George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer were each selected as the horsemen of the month for their respective categories at Arlington Park. Each was to be presented with their respective awards during Friday's racing program as Arlington Park entered the final weekend of its 2001 season.

Jockey, Trainer and Owner of the Month Awards are each sponsored by Bob Chinn's World Famous Crab House.

The fifth race Friday was named for Corey Lanerie, who visited the winner's circle 13 times and registered three doubles during that time.

Owner of the Month, designated as the sixth race Friday, was awarded to the partnerships of Peter Abruzzo, George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer with a total of eight winners.

The seventh race was named for Mickey Goldfine in his capacity as Trainer of the Month. Goldfine saddled five winners from 12 starters.

A separate award, honoring Barn of the Month, was designated as the opening race Friday honoring conditioner Frank Springer's barn.


Arlington Park's in-house clothing drive to benefit members of backstretch families at the local oval was so successful that excess contributions were to be given to the nearby chapter of The Salvation Army in Northwestern Chicagoland.

In addition to the 25 boxes of winter clothing in both adults and childrens' sizes that were donated by Arlington employees during the drive, another 10 boxes of winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, shoes and socks were collected by Arlington Chaplain Luis Peralta of The Racetrack Chaplaincy of America. The totals were more than was needed by members of Arlington's backstretch families and the additional clothing was to be offered for the public.


  Leading jockey Rene Douglas registered a riding double on Thursday with the wins on both Hollendorfer-trained horses.

  Jockey Randy Meier also recorded a riding double, with wins aboard James Driver's No Deposit in the fourth and Louie J. Roussel III & Ronnie Lamarque's Zarb's Magic in the seventh race Thursday.

  Jockey Shane Laviolette had recorded 997 career wins through Thursday and could break the 1,000-win milestone before the local meeting ends Sunday.

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