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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/17/04)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
A season high record superfecta payoff of $35,243 -- based on a $2 wager -- was registered at Arlington Park late last weekend, continuing a trend of large mutuels in recent days at Arlington's current session.
The large superfecta, which rewards a racing fan that correctly predicts the first four finishers in a race in their exact order of finish, was initiated when Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires guided Karen Narta-Cowan's Charming Bid home first in Sunday's finale for a $14 win mutuel.
Hondo Racing Ltd.'s Call Me Dorie, saddled by leading trainer Frank Kirby, finished second in the race, with Tom Swearingen Racing Stable's Deno's Connection, an 8-1 shot, the third-place runner. However, up for the fourth position was Ronald Schwed & Moises Yanez's Nice Kipper at 35-1 to contribute toward the large payoff.
Last Saturday, the first of four NTRA National Pick 4s available at Arlington this summer paid $34,249 based on a $2 wager. In the Pick 4, fans are asked to pick the winners of four straight races.
And in last Friday's seventh race, the season's highest trifecta of $7,235 was paid out to those that correctly predicted the first three finishers of that race in order. Also in that race: the season's highest exacta -- $1,085.80 -- to those that predicted the one-two finishers in order.
Arlington Park's "Miller Lite Party in the Park" -- the weekly kickoff of Friday's twilight racing program with its special 3 p.m. post time -- gets an added boost this Father's Day weekend with a live radio remote by 94.7 The Zone's Steve Fisher from 1-6 p.m. and live music by the rock band Kato the Houseboy.
The second "Breakfast at Arlington" program of the 2004 season, featuring female jockeys Liz Morris and Greta Kuntzweiler as guests, will be offered this Saturday.
Trainer Carl Nafzger, known primarily as the conditioner of 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Unbridled, is also to be a guest on the program hosted by Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel and Arlington announcer John G. Dooley.
Chicago Thoroughbred racing fans can enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet from 7:30-9:30 a.m. as they watch the horses go through their morning training regimen. The regular "Breakfast at Arlington" barn tour will also highlight the morning program.
The first Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ of the season will be held Saturday, and the initial outing will feature four bands battling for the honor of returning to perform on Arlington Million Day, Aug. 14. The bands' performances begin 1 p.m., post time for Saturday's first race, and Weber Grill representatives will be on hand giving grilling techniques and free copies of "Weber's Big Book of Grilling."
Coincidently, running in Saturday's feature race, the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, is a 5-year-old mare named Smoke Chaser, who will be attempting to upset the heavily favored Mayo On the Side.
Smoke Chaser, owned by Marc D. Goldish & Savoy Stable, is trained by Dale Bennett. That young horseman has been enjoying increased success in his second season at Arlington. He saddled Smoke Chaser to win Arlington's $41,875 Fit For a Queen Stakes May 15 at Arlington for her second straight win this year.
"I'm anxious to see if she can get the seven-furlong distance," said Bennett of Saturday's $175,000 stakes for fillies and mares, "and this is the perfect place to find out. I don't think she'll have a problem."
Smoke Chaser will have her work cut out for her. The starting highweight in the field will be Lothenbach Stables Inc.'s Mayo On the Side, who defeated 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri in the Grade I Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 1.
Among the attractions on Father's Day at Arlington will be an Arlington Park Wall Clock offered to the first 5,000 paid admissions.
Sunday is also Pepsi Family Day at Arlington with a Father's Day theme. Entertainment is to be provided by the Dan Whitaker Country Band.
The Junior Jockey Club also meets Sunday, featuring a Father's Day crafts session.
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