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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/18/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


When under the tutelage of trainer Wayne Catalano, the 4-year-old filly Liz On Polk Street has won all but one of her starts, including her most recent impressive tally by almost four lengths in allowance company at Hawthorne April 26.

On Saturday, Liz On Polk Street, named for owner Frank Calabrese's mother, who lived on Polk Street, will be highly regarded to win once again in Arlington's feature: the $40,000 Fit For a Queen Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

"She's training good and she's running good right now," said Catalano, who did not saddle the daughter of 1992 Horse of the Year A. P. Indy during an unsuccessful trip to California Feb. 27. "I'm happy with the way she's coming up to Saturday's race."

Catalano, winner of three of the last five training titles at Arlington, all when associated with Calabrese, has reunited with that owner, Arlington's leading owner for the last five seasons.

"We're doing good," said Catalano of his relationship with Calabrese. "Everything is going good for us."

Could the owner-trainer duo be in a position to win leading honors once again in their respective categories?

"I would say we have a small shot," said Catalano. "I'm really not in a position to think about that this early in the season. This Arlington meeting is a marathon. I'm just trying to win races right now as often as I can."

Concerning Liz On Polk Street, bred by Calabrese, another interesting footnote involves her dam Silver Maiden, winner the 1997 Arlington-Washington Lassie in the black and white silks of Calabrese. That filly was ridden by Arlington veteran jockey Shane Laviolette in the Lassie, who will also be aboard Liz On Polk Street in the Fit For A Queen.


A favorable weather forecast for the coming weekend in Chicagoland, as well as a simulcast of the 130th running of the Preakness, middle jewel of the Triple Crown, highlights a plethora of festive family activities during the second weekend of Arlington Park's 2005 season.

On Friday, Arlington Park and the Illinois wagering network will offer advance wagering on the Preakness into the Pimlico pool, but on Saturday Arlington guests will be able to shop for the better odds with wagering into a special Illinois-only pool as well as into the Pimlico pool.

Also, because the first post for the Pimlico card on Saturday is 9:30 a.m. Central time, the Arlington Park grandstand will have a limited early opening at 9:15 a.m. Parking and entry will be on the grandstand side only where limited mutuel service will be available along with SST service. Full services and main gates will open at normal times.

On Friday, The Katie Todd Band, fresh off a Red Eye Rock the Vote performance, will play modern rock at Friday's Miller Lite Party in the Park. First race and first song for Friday's twilight racing card will be at 3 p.m.

During Saturday's regularly featured "Get In The Game" program, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. in Arlington's Starting Gate Theatre, ABC-7 news anchorman Ron Magers, a Thoroughbred owner and breeder, will be host Joe Kristufek's guest and share his love of all aspects of horse racing with those in attendance.

On Sunday, Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, will add a touch of Celtic magic with the McNulty Irish Dance Team performing traditional Irish dances with shows slated at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

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