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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/10/04)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Owner Darrell Yates, whose purple and white silks flew aboard Crypto Star during his 1997 Triple Crown campaign, and trainer Wayne Catalano, who conditioned that son of Cryptoclearance throughout his sophomore season, reunited as a team earlier this year and visited Arlington's winner's circle together with the filly Tamweel following Friday's feature.
Prior to his fifth-place finish in the 1997 Kentucky Derby and fourth in that spring's Belmont Stakes, Crypto Star won both the Louisiana and Arkansas derbys earlier that winter, and Tamweel's winning effort Friday reminded both men of their successful days seven years ago.
"It was old hat before, but now it's new again," said Catalano following Friday's winner's circle ceremonies. "But this is the thrill that keeps all of us coming back in this game. I haven't had such butterflies before a race in a long time."
"We love this guy," said Yates, speaking of the ebullient Catalano. "We just haven't been happy since we parted ways, and now we got this magic together once again."
The Yates-Catalano team also won Arlington's 10th race on July 4th with Defense Motion, a 3-year-old Illinois-bred colt.
Yates owns Tamweel in partnership with Turf Express Inc., another of Catalano's new clients this season. The 4-year-old daughter of 1998 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Gulch, bred in Kentucky, began her career in Great Britain. She raced on the Southern California circuit earlier this year.
Catalano won three of the last four training titles at Arlington Park while associated with owner Frank C. Calabrese, but that duo parted ways this winter during the Gulfstream meeting.
Catalano, a 47-year-old native of New Orleans, won 1,792 races as a jockey before turning to training. He was second leading rider in the nation in 1977, and served as an assistant trainer to Hall of Fame conditioner Jack Van Berg before going out on his own in 1983.
Marty Murray, who served as movie star Tobey McGuire's stuntman in the movie Seabiscuit when that actor played jockey Red Pollard, was a guest on Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel's paddock show Friday afternoon.
Murray, a Chicago native, was in town visiting his family and came out to Arlington for the afternoon. He was introduced to Gabriel who then asked him to be a guest on her show.
While filming a scene in which Pollard was dragged by a horse, Murray related that he suffered four broken ribs and was out of action for four weeks, only to have to return to the set and shoot the scene all over again.
Murray also served as McGuire's stuntman during the movies Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, currently a first-run attraction in theaters throughout the nation.
Arlington Park's third annual "Riding For A Cure" -- a horsemen-oriented trail ride fund-raiser on behalf of cancer research -- has been set for the afternoon and evening of Monday, September 13, and registration for this year's renewal got underway Saturday morning on Arlington Park's apron during training hours.
Tracy Gilman, a former director of horsemen's relations at Arlington, signed up the initial responders to this year's ride at the morning session and will return during training hours next Tuesday and Thursday on the apron for additional signatures. People wishing to register for this year's trail ride and/or the dinner that follows may do so during those times.
Equine Masseuse Nancy Knott, who lists 2002 Beverly D. runner-up Astra among her famous Thoroughbred patients, will be the guest during Sunday's Junior Jockey Club program at Arlington Park, conducted from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the paddock area.
Knott, now married to Arlington Park starter William "Blue" Knott, also served as a jockey and a trainer during her multifaceted career.
Also on Sunday during Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald, the featured attraction will be Bill Hoffman's "Exotic Animal Show." Guests can watch as animals go through an assortment of tricks and routines, and may come on stage between shows to pet and hold some of the animals.
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