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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/2/05)
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In today's notes:
Lamont Nienast LLC's Synco Peach, heroine of Arlington's Unique Type Handicap last September as well as Hawthorne's Powerless two months later, attempts to regain her winning ways when she heads a field of seven Illinois-bred fillies and mares in Friday's featured Your Ladyship Handicap at seven furlongs.
In her most recent trip to the post April 30 in Hawthorne's Governor's Lady 'Cap, the 5-year-old homebred mare disappointed when finishing eighth as the choice of the Southside fans, but was third in her first 2005 start earlier in the month despite being fractious in the gate. She will shoulder the top impost of 120 pounds in Friday's test and be ridden by Larry Sterling Jr.
Jaguar On The Run Stable's Jaguar City, six and a half-lengths the best in Hawthorne's Peach Of It Handicap April 30, but disqualified and placed eighth for an errant beginning, is assigned one pound less than Synco Peach Friday and is capable of providing strong competition for the highweight. Prior to an indifferent turf campaign in New Orleans, the daughter of Slew City Slew had finished second to Synco Peach in the Powerless last November. Regular rider James Graham is named to handle the reins again.
Jim Edgar's Fighting Fever, the length and three-quarters winner in the Governor's Lady, as well as in the money in her last six starts, cannot be discounted. The Fit to Fight mare gets in with 118 pounds Friday including Chris Emigh, aboard for all six of those outings.
Completing the Your Ladyship field is Braulio Contreras's Miss Outrageous, 113, Jesse Campbell; Cal Jestice & Dan Wainscott's Piano Tunner, 115, Shaun Bridgmohan; Virginia Tarra Trust's Real Deal, 113, Eddie Razo Jr.; and Asiel Stable's Meadow Bride, 113, Carlos Silva.
Arlington's Memorial Day Monday, one of only three Monday racing days at Arlington this summer, attracted 16,358 fans -- a season high -- and more than any other racecourse in the nation except Hollywood Park, where 17,011 passed through the gates.
That brings Arlington's total seasonal attendance to 99,464, a 16.5 percent increase over the 85,366 in 2004 for the first 14 days of the meet. However, the Northwest suburban oval has additional activities slated for the upcoming weekend.
Kicking off Arlington's weekend June 3 is "Group du Jour" -- billed as the band that can play anything -- when it headlines Friday's Miller Lite Party in the Park, and fans are reminded that Friday's twilight racing late post time of 3 p.m. is in effect once again.
Also offered Friday and throughout the weekend -- Arlington's popular new $100,000 Guaranteed Turf Trifecta Pool -- introduced at the beginning of the local 2005 season.
The guaranteed $100,000 trifecta pool is offered on all grass races each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Arlington in which eight or more betting interests go to the post.
On Saturday's "Get In The Game" program beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Arlington's Starting Gate Theatre, hockey Hall of Famer Denis Savard -- one of Chicago's most beloved sports figures -- will be host Joe Kristufek's featured guest.
Savard, currently assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, has always had a passion for horse racing and owns several Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses.
Also on Saturday, the U2 tribute band "Elevation" is the featured band for the Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ. This week's food special off the Weber grill is a Carolina pulled BBQ chicken sandwich.
On Sunday, Arlington's Pepsi Family Day, sponsored by the Daily Herald, features a "sports announcing" theme, where kids will get the chance to ring bells, make sounds and offer tips to the listening ear of the public just like the announcers of Seabiscuit's era. Show times are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sunday's Junior Jockey Club theme is about photography. JJC members can get their picture taken as a jockey by putting their face through a life-size cutout or by dressing up in jockey silks.
Arlington's leading jockey Shaun Bridgmohan started a trend of two-win afternoons when he rode both halves of Monday's early Daily Double.
Jockey Shane Laviolette followed suit by riding both halves of the midday double, and jockey Eddie Razo Jr. also celebrated two wins on the program. Arlington trainers Tom Tomillo and Chris Block each saddled a pair of winners during the holiday program, with both of Block's earned for the family-owned Team Block Stable.
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