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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/22/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, the nation's Eclipse Award winner as an apprentice in 1998 but a newcomer to Chicago this season, justified his position as the early favorite for local championship honors by riding five winners Saturday at Arlington Park.
The Jamaican-born reinsman began his afternoon with a victory in the second half of the Daily Double astride Frank Calabrese's Irish Red; came right back in the third on Alex Lieblong's T. K.'s Honour; returned to the winner's circle in the seventh aboard Calabrese's Lord Carmen; again in the eighth on William Pacella, Joseph Rizza & Ronald Schwed's My Ro in the featured Fit For A Queen Stakes; and wrapped up his day in the ninth on Calabrese's Image of the King.
Arlington television personality Christine Gabriel interviewed the 25-year-old jockey at the conclusion of his banner afternoon, relating a story about recent phone conversations between Bridgmohan and fellow New York veteran jockey Richard Migliore, coincidentally the nation's apprentice champion in 1981.
"When are you coming back to New York?" Migliore reportedly has asked Bridgmohan over the phone. "We miss you."
"Why should I think about coming back?" Bridgmohan is said to have answered. "I'm really enjoying myself here."
Arlington's perennial leading owner Frank Calabrese saw his silks posed in Arlington winner's circle three times Saturday, and all those winners are trained by Wayne Catalano, Arlington's leading conditioner in three of the last five years.
Catalano's hat trick was the first training triple recorded during the young Arlington season, as well as Catalano's second multi-win afternoon during the nine racing days thus far.
The Louisiana-born conditioner, often called "Cat Man," leads the Arlington trainer standings with seven wins going into Sunday's program, but hot on his heels is Steve Hobby, another veteran Arlington horseman who saddled back-to-back training doubles Friday and Saturday to be the only other trainer with multiple-win days so far.
On Friday, Hobby saddled Clay & Mena Neel's Lady Hartwood to win the fourth race on the twilight racing program with Jesse Campbell in the irons, and came back in the seventh with Alex & Joanne Lieblong's Mary Alex with Shaun Bridgmohan up.
On Saturday, Hobby saddled Alex Lieblong's T. K.'s Honour to win the third with Bridgmohan up again, and came back to the winner's circle in the fifth with Fairway Racing LLC's Whosthatmaskedman with Chris Emigh aboard.
Hobby, who was born in La Harpe, Illinois, is currently second in the Arlington trainer standings through Sunday with five winners; two less than Catalano. Could he be a contender?
"I've still got a lot of horses with conditions," Hobby advised.
Remaining the sentimental favorite of the Hobby barn is the 11-year-old Chindi, who may have become the oldest horse to become a millionaire when he achieved that milestone in April at Oaklawn Park. There have been no thoughts of retirement for Chindi, who was entered Sunday for Wednesday at Arlington.
"It would be like punishing him," said Hobby of taking his star out of training.
One of Arlington's newest innovations -- the $100,000 Turf Trifecta pool on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for all weekend grass races -- is proving to be a bigger and bigger hit.
On Saturday's seventh race, the guaranteed trifecta pool attracted $139,474 in wagers, and in the ninth race, total trifecta wagers were $144,335.
The average trifecta payoff so far on those guaranteed turf trifecta pools this season at Arlington Park has been $1,058.
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