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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/10/04)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Brent Musburger, one of the most versatile sports broadcasters in television history and nationally known for his football and basketball expertise, will add Thoroughbred racing to his extensive resume when he hosts Saturday's live broadcast of the Grade I Arlington Million as part of a four-race presentation from 3-5 p.m. (CDT) on ABC Sports.
Also part of the ABC Sports "NTRA Super Saturday" telecast will be Arlington Park's Grade I Beverly D., sister race to the Arlington Million as well as Saratoga's Grade I Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap and Grade II Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.
The event will mark the first national network broadcast of the Arlington Million since 1991, when it was also an ABC Sports presentation.
Musburger, 65, who attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism in Chicago, began his professional journalism career when lured away to the now defunct Chicago American, where he became an award-winning sportswriter.
Musburger's broadcast career started when he joined WBBM Radio in Chicago in 1968 as sports director before moving to Los Angeles to co-anchor the nightly news for KNXT-TV.
Prior to joining ABC Sports, Musburger was a member of CBS Sports and anchored "The NFL Today" pre-game, halftime and post-game National Football League broadcasts. Since joining ABC Sports, he has served as host of ABC's golf telecasts, served as the pre-game and halftime host of Super Bowl XXV, hosted the 1991 Pan American Games from Cuba, and covered the World Track & Field Championships in 1995 among his many duties.
Joining Musburger as part of the Arlington broadcast team is Randy Moss, ESPN's Thoroughbred Racing Analyst, and Jeannine Edwards, who will do additional reporting.
In addition to presenting the Arlington Million, the Beverly D. and the two graded stakes events from Saratoga, the NTRA Super Saturday extravaganza offers an NTRA National Pick 4 comprised of those same races featured on the television show. The National Pick 4 carries a guaranteed pool of $400,000.
The NTRA National Pick 4, as its name implies, this week requires fans to pick the winners of all four of Saturday's televised races. The minimum wager is $1, which would allow a single selection in each of the four races involved.
Arlington Park will also offer its own "Festival 3" wager Saturday to include the Arlington Million, the $750,000 Beverly D. and the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.
The Festival 3 is a non-consecutive-race Pick 3 wager on those three races, the only three Grade I events offered in Illinois on an annual basis.
A $1 minimum wager would allow a single selection in each of the three Chicago showcase events, all run over Arlington's world famous grass course.
Gary A. Tanaka's Epalo and Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Vespone, leading European invaders slated for Saturday's Arlington Million, both galloped Tuesday morning over the main track at Arlington Park.
Godolphin's Crimson Palace, the South African-bred mare who remains one of the leading candidates for Saturday's Grade I Beverly D., sister race to the Million, also galloped Tuesday during morning training hours.
Other European-based invaders for Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing on Saturday arrived in Chicago Monday but had not been released from quarantine Tuesday.
They included Michael Tabor's Magistretti and Mrs. John Magnier's Powerscourt, both Arlington Million contestants; Beverly D. probable Necklace, owned by Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier; and Secretariat contenders Moscow Ballet, also owned by Tabor and Magnier; as well as Hazyview, owned by Thomas Mohan.
Triple Crown winner Secretariat's jockey Ron Turcotte and Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery of the Meadow Stable will be at Arlington Park Thursday to sign autographs in front of Arlington's Gift Shop from 3:30-4:40 p.m. (CDT).
Turcotte, paralyzed in 1978, will return Saturday to sign autographs in front of the gift shop from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Secretariat merchandise will be available at the shop Wednesday.
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