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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/22/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
A season-high attendance of 24,961 passed through Arlington Park's gates on Father's Day Sunday, and the paternal theme also permeated race results throughout the afternoon.
Trainer Grant Forster, who saddled Al & Saundra Kirkwood's Rugula to win Sunday's featured Double Delta Stakes, used the occasion of his post-race televised interview with Christine Gabriel pass along Father's Day wishes to his own Dad who was watching the Arlington Park signal in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The winning trophy for the Double Delta Stakes was presented by former Arlington jockey Carlos H. Marquez, whose son, Carlos Jr., is currently a member of the local colony. The elder Marquez, a Chicago mainstay throughout the '60s, rode Double Delta to win Churchill's La Troienne and Keeneland's Ashland during the spring of 1969.
Rugula was ridden by Jesse Campbell in the Double Delta, and that rider was scoring the 995th victory of his own career. Jesse is the son of Arlington-based trainer Mike Campbell. The senior Campbell's other son Joel - Jesse's twin brother - was at Canterbury for the afternoon, where he rode I Will Survive, owned and trained by his father, to win the eighth. Joel came right back to win Canterbury's ninth aboard Harry Got Happy.
Longtime Chicago-based Arlington owner Joseph Sullivan, who campaigned The Vid to run third in the Arlington Million in 1995, was in attendance Father' Day to watch his mare Vidlocity win Arlington's sixth race. Sullivan's progeny Joe, Teri, Kathleen, Judy, Amy, and John all on hand to enjoy their fathers' trip to the winner's circle.
Shaun Bridgmohan, Arlington's leading rider as well as a young father, celebrated with a riding triple Sunday to increase his lead in the standings to 11 wins. Bridgmohan's fans also celebrated, because the three wins came in a row to accomplish an all-Bridgmohan Pick 3 worth $11.30 for a $1 wager, and an all-Bridgmohan midday double worth $16.40 for a $2 wager.
Veteran Illinois reinsman Shane Laviolette, a father of two, also rode back-to-back winners during the afternoon, winning the second with Ken Hutchens' City Buck for trainer Tom Dorris, and the third with 2 Blondes Inc.'s Warned for conditioner Tom Tomillo.
Earlier on Father's Day Sunday, Joe Kristufek's "Get In The Game" guests included Mike and Jesse Campbell, as well as the duo of former rider R. L. "Bobby" Baird and his son jockey E. T. Baird, another current member of the local colony.
Lastly, Francis Micor of Arlington's Information Technology department, and his wife Maricion became the proud parents of new baby boy Jonah, weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz., on Monday, with Father, Mother and Jonah all doing fine Wednesday.
The fifth renewal of Arlington Park's Prairie State Festival, a series of six $75,000-added stakes races restricted to horses registered in the Illinois program, will be celebrated Saturday to highlight the upcoming racing weekend at the Northwest Chicago oval.
Included in Saturday's stakes sextet are the Black Tie Affair Handicap, for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf; the Lincoln Heritage Handicap, for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up at the same distance on the local lawn; the Springfield Stakes, for 3-year-olds at one mile; the Purple Violet Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at one mile; the White Oak Handicap, for 3-year-olds and up at six furlongs; and the Isaac Murphy Handicap, for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up at six furlongs.
However, Arlington's upcoming weekend festivities actually begin with Friday's special twilight racing program, when the Jack Straw Band plays great American roots rock during Arlington's Miller Lite Party in the Park. First race and first song begin at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, in addition to the Prairie State Festival races, Arlington guests can rock to the music of Downward Dogs at the Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ. This week's food special off the Weber grill is a smoked turkey breast. First race and first song revert to 1 p.m. -- Arlington's regular post time.
Saturday's "Get In The Game" program will focus on Illinois racing and feature trainer Joe Kasperski Jr., who is also president of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
On Sunday, Arlington guests can break out the Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts when Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, will feature a genuine Luau in the Park Area, and the entire family can enjoy The Royal Polynesian Revue as its members perform dances from the Hawaiian Islands while dressed in authentic and traditional costumes native to that locale.
Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members will meet one of Arlington Park's blacksmiths, who will be shoeing a horse right in front of their eyes in the Paddock Area at 11:45 a.m. The first 300 JJC members will receive a real horseshoe.
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