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As a native Chicagoan, pretty, pert Rané Fedor grew up around Arlington Park as part of a racetrack family, and a career as a Thoroughbred jockey was one of her earliest dreams.
Over the last four years, however, the former swimsuit model with the 21-inch waist has been living a second dream as a flight attendant for United Airlines, a career she also loves and approaches with infectious enthusiasm.
"I love flying," Fedor said. "I have a secure job with benefits, I get to travel all over the country, and I've met some wonderful people who have become great friends."
Nevertheless, on the days when a United flight is not on her schedule, she can still be found flying, travelling almost 40 miles an hour with the wind in her face as she negotiates the Arlington race course astride Thoroughbreds during morning training hours.
"I'm lucky," Fedor said. "I really have two careers and I love both of them. I was a jockey for a short time, and I still love horses and riding, and by exercising horses in the morning I think I have the best of both worlds.
"I'm kind of a free spirit," Fedor said, "and when I'm travelling around the country, I always pack my helmet and boots. I may get a chance to work some horses someplace else."
Fedor's love of horses was ingrained at birth. Her mother, Gina Pantano, serves as a spotter at the gap for the Arlington clockers during training hours. One brother, Jay Fedor, is a jockey agent at Arlington for veteran reinsman Chris Emigh, while second sibling Michael Fedor works in the Arlington Jockey's Room.
Sadly, however, she also masks behind her effervescent personality one personal tragedy that she wants always to mention - the loss of her fiance Andy Sims to cystic fibrosis in 1993.
"If I don't talk about him it would be like he never existed," Fedor said. "When I fly, I think about him when I'm up in the clouds, and when I ride I can feel him with me. It's an awesome feeling.
"For that reason, riding is great therapy for me at this point in my life," Fedor said.
Twenty-four nominations have been released for the 49th running of the Grade III Hanshin Cup to be contested at one mile on July 7. The Hanshin, formerly known as the Equipoise Mile, offers a $100,000 purse.
Among the nominees are stakes winners Alannan, owned by Eaglestone Partners IV, winner of the Lanes End Churchill Downs Handicap May 5; Lazy Lane Farms, Inc.'s Bright Valour, adjudged winner of the 2000 Hanshin Cup; Pin Oak Stable's Broken Vow, winner of the Grade 3 Ben Ali at Keeneland April 27; and Winstar Farm, LLC's Elite Mercedes, winner of Gulfstream's Rhythm Stakes in 1999.
Also George Todaro, Howard Litt & Jerry Hollendorfer's Globalize, hero of the Grade II Turfway Park Spiral Stakes last year; Alan Drey's Miners Gamble, victor in Calder's Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap last year; Cherrywood Racing Stables, Inc.'s Rocky Robyn, winner of the April 28 Bosselman Gus Fonner Handicap in Nebraska; Bob Austin & Ron L. Brandenburg's Tic N Tin, hero of the June 23 White Oak Handicap here; and Barry & Mark Golden's Where's Taylor, winner of the Grade III Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne last year.
Veteran jockey Chris Emigh scored the third riding triple of the young Arlington season Friday, while becoming only the second jockey to accomplish the feat this year.
Leading reinsman Mark Guidry had recorded successive riding triples here last weekend.
Emigh, who won the fall 2000 Hawthorne title and battled leading rider Zoe Cadman for that track's spring championship until the final races of the meeting at that Southside oval, won Friday's third race aboard Bluestem Farm, Inc.'s Laurene's Ghost. Emigh returned to the winner's circle in the sixth astride Metzie Hobby & Cresran L.L.C.'s Mahal; and finalized the hat trick in the eighth with Steve Sawatske's Ivan Jay Perry.
Trainer Charlie Vinci saddled two winners on the Friday program, posing in the winner's circle with Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Sum Award after the fifth, and returning there for another winning photo following the seventh with Wexler Stables, Inc.'s Barkenlor Cat.
One Twin Spires Club member using a Twin Spires Club card to wager on the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network (Arlington, Calder, Churchill, Ellis, Hollywood, and Hoosier) will win one million Twin Spires Club points at each of our participating locations on Sunday, July 1 (Hollywood Gold Cup Day); Saturday, July 14 (Summit of Speed Day); and Saturday, July 28 (Million Preview Day).
Saturday, June 30 is opening day at Louisiana Downs, with Arlington offering full-card simulcasting of the Louisiana Downs program.
Marc Satterthwaite, vice-president of Brown-Foreman Midwest, will be joined by David Volpe, sales manager of Brown-Foreman, in winner's circle ceremonies for the victor of the Grade II Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve.
Sunday's schedule at Arlington will include 10 "live" races as well as a simulcast of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup at 4:37 p.m. central time between Arlington's eighth and ninth races.
Sunday's featured Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf will be the seventh race of the afternoon due to CBS national network coverage of the event.
Wenga Enterprises, Inc. is the nom-de-course of Dan Agnew, owner of Arlington Classic contestant Cherokee Kim. His father owned Desert Wine, second in the 1983 Kentucky Derby. The elder Dan Agnew raced along with wife Darla as DanDar Farm. He was a long time mainstay figure of the Washington Breeders' Association.
Jockey Zoe Cadman is at Philadelphia Park on Saturday, June 30, to ride Impending Bear for trainer Mike Stidham in the $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap.
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