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BEGINNING WITH BEASLEY
Like the Arlington Park season, jockey Jeremy Beasley is young but full of promise. After winning the first race of the local season on yesterday's opening day program, Beasley briefly could boast of an undefeated record at Arlington over the last two years.
By drawing off for a less than fully extended four-length tally aboard Lisa Gabriel's Secret Squall in Arlington 2001's initial offering, Beasley remained undefeated at the local oval. He won the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie on closing day of Arlington 2000.
"I was joking with my wife Jennifer about that," Beasley said, not long after he had won the opener. "I told her it would be nice if I could keep it that way. First impressions are everything."
Not surprisingly, the undefeated-at-Arlington record for Beasley did not survive the entire afternoon, but the 21-year-old Houston native was pleased with his debut.
"I came here (to Chicago) early," Beasley said. "I got here in time for Sportsman's and Hawthorne, but I've been looking forward to Arlington for quite awhile. There's a lot of opportunity here at Arlington."
Beasley won with the first mount of his career three years ago, and he was the hottest apprentice in New York, on his way to an Eclipse Award, before being sidelined for seven months by injury.
"Now, I hope I can get off to a fast start again," Beasley said. In January, exactly one week before his own 21st birthday, he became a father for the first time. "I was hoping she (daughter Taylor) would wait another week, but she wanted to get off to a fast start, too."
FROM THE NEW TO THE NOT SO NEW
Jockey Earlie Fires, who won the second half of yesterday's opening day double, also began his career as a hot apprentice, but that was 36 years ago.
By the time Jeremy Beasley was born in 1980, Fires had won the jockey championship at Arlington Park three times.
"But it's always fun to win a race here," Fires said following his 10-length tally astride Edward Cox Jr.'s Rich Search in the second race. "It's no secret that this (Arlington) is my favorite racetrack."
Fires, who will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs later this summer, has won over 6,000 races in his career, and more than 2,660 at Arlington to be the track's all-time leading rider. He has won the jockey championship at Arlington five times, taking the title in 1966, 1975, 1979, 1983, and 1984.
Fires was the nation's leading apprentice in 1965.
MORE PROMISING NEW BEGINNINGS WITH SEASON'S FIRST JUVENILE RACE
"It always does feel good to get that first one out of the way," said trainer Tom Swearingen after saddling Hans Poetsch & Greco Racing Stable's Glenbriar Girl to win the first 2-year-old race of the Arlington season.
Glenbriar Girl, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Gold Case out of a Caveat mare, ridden by Ray Sibille, was up to best Four Fun Racing Stables, LLC's Eastern Tale by a neck in the fourth race of the day. The bay filly, who had lost her career debut by a nose in late May at Hawthorne, was always well placed and made her winning rally in the final furlong.
"I've got a bunch of promising young 2-year-olds," said Swearingen. "Some fillies, some colts, a little variety. I'll bring 'em over whenever they're ready. Hopefully, this one is the first of many."
Godolphin's Trick Taker, a filly by Capote out of a Mr. Prospector mare, finished fifth in the race after breaking slowly.
"I thought she ran well," said trainer Eoin Harty over the phone from California Thursday. Harty was on hand at Arlington yesterday but returned to the left coast late in the day.
"She broke slow, but she made a good run," Harty said. "I had planned to break her from the gate one more time before her start yesterday, but we were not able to get it done."
Also returning to California Thursday was trainer Aimee Dollase, who was on hand at Arlington Wednesday to saddle Horizon Stable & Hi Card Ranch, et al's Dynastar to win the first turf race of the season. Dynastar is trained by Wally Dollase, Aimee's father.
ON THIS DATE IN 1967 AT ARLINGTON... Jockey Craig Perret won the first race of his career aboard Gadget Man, trained by Joe Pierce Jr.
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