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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/13/05)
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In today's notes:
Actor Vince Vaughn, currently in Chicago shooting the movie "The Break Up," was interviewed on Arlington TV by Arlington's television personality Christine Gabriel prior to Saturday's Dr. Fager Stakes, won by S J Stables LLC's Stormy Impact.
Following the Dr. Fager, the last major local prep for Arlington's Grade II Washington Park Handicap July 30, Vaughn presented the stakes trophy to Stormy Impact's owners, Mr. & Mrs. Jerrold Schwartz, as well as winning trainer Frank Kirby and winning jockey James Graham.
Vaughn appeared on NBC's "The Today Show" Wednesday morning, four days after his Arlington visit, to promote his movie "Wedding Crashers" which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday. In "The Break Up," Jennifer Aniston co-stars.
Kirby, last year's trainer champion at Arlington, indicated in post race comments that the Washington Park Handicap, observing its 72nd running as Arlington's second oldest stakes race, would be a likely next appearance for Stormy Impact.
CBS-2 Sports Anchor Howard Sudberry, a longtime Chicago favorite and ardent Arlington Park supporter, will be the featured guest for this Saturday's "Get In The Game" program at 11:30 a.m. in Arlington's Starting Gate Theatre.
Hosted by Joe Kristufek, "Get In The Game" gives Arlington's weekend guests an up-close look at many different aspects of Thoroughbred racing, and Sudberry, whose father trained horses for 25 years, has been involved with the sport for more than 30 years.
During his television career, Sudberry has won three local Emmy Awards as well an Eclipse Award for his coverage of Thoroughbred racing.
Arlington Park's "Summer Festival," featuring increased purses through Aug. 14, begins Wednesday and has attracted several members of the Churchill Downs jockey colony following the close of the Twin Spires oval's spring session.
Listed to ride on Wednesday's Arlington program are Kentucky regulars Mark Guidry, who won Arlington riding titles in 1992 and 2000; Brice Blanc, the French-born reinsman known for his expertise on the turf; and rising star Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr.
Illinois regular Chris Emigh had a riding triple Sunday at Arlington Park, winning the opener astride Nancy Vanier's Indian Summer Day for trainer Brian Williamson; the fifth with William Lydon, Arbaway Farms & Carson Springs Farm's Shingwedzi for trainer Christine Janks, and the finale with S J Stables LLC's Suaviter for conditioner Frank Kirby.
In addition to his Sunday "hat trick," Emigh had a riding double Saturday, scoring with Ox Creek Farms Inc.'s Rockin' Kate for trainer Bret Calhoun in the fourth and coming back with Stan Fulton's Unbridled Danz for conditioner Rebecca Maker in the last race of the day.
Leading rider Shaun Bridgmohan also posted two wins Saturday, and jockey James Graham and trainer Frank Kirby combined their talents for a riding-training double on the card.
"Fiesta In The Park" will celebrate the heritage and culture of Chicago's Latino community this Sunday at Arlington Park in honor of its contributions to Thoroughbred racing.
Featured at the "Fiesta" will be Spanish cuisine and entertainment for the entire family, including Ballet Folklorico, mariachi bands "Mariachi Morelos" and "Mariachi Perla de Mexico" as well as a group of face painters known as "Just Face It."
Also on Sunday, Arlington's Junior Jockey Club theme is equine dentistry, and the JJC will meet in the Paddock from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Arlington's weekend entertainment schedule begins Friday with the rock band "The Only Sons" playing rock favorites from the '50s through the present during the Miller Lite Party In The Park. First race and first song are at 3 p.m.
However, there will be no "Party On The Patio" this Friday.
On Saturday, the Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ will feature music from the '70s by "BBI." This week's food special off the Weber grill is a half-pound hot dog.
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