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ARLINGTON PARK'S OPENING DAY $42,000 BARRY SHIPP HANDICAP
Today's feature race is the $42,000 Barry Shipp Handicap, named for prominent Illinois Owner/Breeder Barry Shipp, who died suddenly in September of 1999 after more than two decades of involvement with Thorougbreds here in Illinois and throughout the nation.
Mr. Shipp was a cosmetics entrepreneur who co-founded Jovan, Inc., the maker of Jovan Musk and Vitabath, but he began his involvement with Thoroughbreds in 1977, and dedicated the last years of his life to owning, racing and breeding racehorses.
Probably the best horse that flew the silks of Barry Shipp was Take Note of Me, but Mr. Shipp was particularly proud of his Illinois Champions Man the Shipp and Comforts of Home. He raced other good horses such as Pretorienne and Final Flight.
For a number of years, Mr. Shipp owned Le Cheval Farm in Fairfield, Florida, a training center that graduated such runners as Cryptoclearance.
Mr. Shipp was also engaged in breeding, with such fine horses to his credit as graded stakes winner Unruled, who in 1998, was twice second to Horse of the Year Skip Away.
Mr. Shipp was named Illinois outstanding owner-breeder of the year in 1997 and 1998, and was a director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation and past director of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. He was also a director of the Thoroughbred Industry of Illinois Political Action Committee/Horsepower.
Mr. Shipp is survived by his wife Mary Ellen, sons Drew and Gregg, and daughter Lara.
"I want to thank everyone at Arlington Park for remembering my husband on this day," said Mrs. Shipp earlier this morning. "Barry loved racing, and he loved Arlington Park, and my family and I wish to express our gratitude for this honor. We look forward to this afternoon."
SATURDAY'S CHICAGO BREEDERS' CUP HANDICAP NOTES
Rose of Zollern, an expected entrant in Saturday's Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, won her most recent start May 11 at Churchill Downs while drawing off late in a one-mile allowance race. An Irish-bred 5-year-old mare by Seattle Dancer, Rose of Zollern won the German 2000 Guineas as a sophomore filly.
Gary A. Tanaka, who owns Rose of Zollern, is recently remembered locally from last summer's Grade I Beverly D. The victorious Snow Polina posed in the Arlington winner's circle wearing the Tanaka emerald green, gold and white silks. Incidentally, concerning the 2001 renewal of the Beverly D., now with a $700,000 purse, 10 Tanaka nominees easily outnumber all other owners on the nominations list
Tanaka, the 58-year-old owner of Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., a leading technology investment management company, also easily dominates all other owners this year in number of nominees to the 2001 Arlington Million. Eleven horses owned by Tanaka have been nominated to the Grade I Million, which, along with the Beverly D., will be run on August 18.
As of Wednesday, others likely for Saturday's Chicago Breeders' Cup are Marta Racing Ventures & Jerry Hollendorfers's Linda Love, Wimborne Farm's Must Be A Lady, My Jo Lee Stable, Inc. & Hurstland Farm, Inc.'s Please Sign In, and Kerry & Linda Ozment's The Happy Hopper. The ownership team of Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein are expected to enter either highweighted Swept Away or Hidden Assets.
In other International Festival of Racing news, Indygo Shiner, winner of the Grade III Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs last Saturday, is being pointed for the Mid-America Triple Series here, which concludes with the Grade I Secretariat on Arlington Million Day, August 18. Earlier parts of the Triple are the Grade II Arlington Classic June 30, just over two weeks away, and the Grade II American Derby July 22.
Jockey Frank Alvarado, slated to ride George Todaro, Howard Litt & Jerry Hollendorfer's Globalize in today's featured $42,000 Barry Shipp Handicap, suffered rib injuries in a spill Sunday at Bay Meadows and will be out of action until Saturday here.
"He was riding a horse named Times Square in the Ascot Handicap," said Brad Pegram, Alvarado's agent. "The horse broke down at the three-eighths pole. Frank has rib bruises and is real body sore, but he'll be okay in a couple of days."
Pegram, incidentally, is the nephew of Mike Pegram, the high profile owner of Captain Steve, Silverbulletday, and Real Quiet, among others. His father Jim Pegram is a jockey agent on the West Coast handling the engagements of David Flores and apprentice Macario Rodriguez.
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