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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/29/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Dogwood Stable's United, runner-up to eventual Colonial Turf Cup winner English Channel in Pimlico's grassy Woodlawn Stakes on Preakness Day May 21, arrived at Arlington Park Wednesday morning for his upcoming engagement in Saturday's Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve.

The Classic is first leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple over the local lawn. The series for sophomores continues with the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's July 23, and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat as part of the International Festival of Racing on Arlington Million Day Aug. 13.

United, a Pennsylvania-bred colt who won Philadelphia Park's Peppy Addy Stakes on the main track in his last start June 11, is trained by George Weaver, and has run over 11 different race tracks in his 13-race career.

"Our globetrotting colt has run at many race tracks at many distances, and Illinois is one of the few states he has not yet visited," said Dogwood president Cot Campbell. "He's a versatile sort, honest as he can be, and we think he is especially effective at middle distances on the turf.

"United will gallop on Thursday and Friday and I am tickled to death to have Earlie Fires to ride him," Campbell said. "He's a top money rider and there's not much about Arlington that he wouldn't know. Dogwood has ridden him many times in the past and we have a high regarded for him."

United is being housed at the barn of trainer Rebecca Maker while at Arlington. Weaver will fly in Saturday to saddle the colt.

Among those expected to face United in the Classic are Team Valor Stable et al's Guillaume Tell, third in Churchill's Grade III Crown Royal American Turf Stakes on Kentucky Derby Day May 7, and Al & Saundra Kirkwood's Southern Africa, who pressed the pace in the Grade I Belmont Stakes June 11 before weakening at the quarter pole.


The second of three Monday racing programs during Arlington Park's 2005 meeting takes place this coming weekend as Chicago's Northwest suburban oval celebrates its traditional July 4th extended holiday weekend.

Post time for Monday's special racing program begins at 2:30 p.m., and the holiday activities include favorite Family Day activities including pony rides, face painters and a petting zoo, plus live music by "Piano Man." The fun continues into the evening with live music from "Four Man Band," the band that knows all the classics.

Arlington's traditional fireworks show, presented by LaSalle Bank, begins shortly after dusk as one of the biggest displays in the suburbs.

The America's Birthday weekend begins when Friday's special twilight racing program, with its late post time of 3 p.m., kicks off the holiday, giving Arlington guests a chance to enjoy the Miller Lite Party in the Park atmosphere with diverse sounds of "L.U.V."

Also Friday evening, "Party on the Patio" returns to Trackside Arlington, with live music every Friday night through Aug. 12, with the exception of July 22.

The music begins at 7:30 p.m., shortly after the last race, and there will be shuttle service for fans coming from Party in the Park who want to attend Party on the Patio. "The Doormen," an acoustic rock band, will be the headline attraction Friday evening at Trackside.

On Saturday, when Arlington's first race reverts to its regular 1 p.m. time slot, Arlington guests can enjoy their favorite rock classics played by "Mr. Brown" at the Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ. This week's food special off the Weber grill is a slow smoked pulled BBQ pork sandwich.

On Sunday, the first 5,000 paid admissions at Arlington Park will receive a free Arlington Park umbrella.

Also on Sunday, Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, offers a Treasure Quest that will take parents and children on a search of the Arlington Park grounds for clues and a chance to win prizes, and the first 300 Junior Jockey Club members will receive a free Beanie Baby horse just for stopping by the Junior Jockey Club tent in the Park area.

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