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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/27/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Popular veteran Mark Guidry, Arlington Park's two-time jockey champion who has returned -- albeit briefly to the Northwest Chicago oval -- continued his rapid rise in the local standings with a riding triple on Sunday's program.
Guidry, who won Arlington's jockey title in 1992 and 2000 before switching his tack with success to Florida, Kentucky and Southern California, made a one-day invasion July 2 prior to the Summer Festival and had a "hat trick" that day which included a tally aboard E. J. Sukley's Purim in the Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve.
Since Arlington's Summer Festival began July 13, with Guidry back in Chicago on a regular basis, the Louisiana-born reinsman has been one of the hottest riders on the grounds, with a total of 18 wins for a 34 percent win ratio, with 62 percent of his mounts finishing in the money.
In fact, the only higher win percentages currently at Arlington are held by Cornelio Velasquez, who remains at 100 percent with his three-for-three sweep of the graded stakes on Million Preview Day last Saturday; and four-time riding champ Rene Douglas, who has returned briefly to win with two of his five mounts for a 40 percent win rate.
On Sunday, Guidry scored with Three Kings Stable's Catalissa in the third for trainer Mike Stidham; Stonestreet Stable LLC's Touchable Gold in the fourth for conditioner Steve Asmussen; and Charles Patton's Thercomesatiger for trainer Tom Proctor in the afternoon finale.
Guidry had back-to-back riding doubles on Thursday and Friday, and missed the winner's circle by a nose Saturday with Purim in the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, as the second leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple following the Arlington Classic.
Purim and American Derby winner Gun Salute, owned by Brant Laue, are expected to face off for a rubber match in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes, final leg of the Triple, which is contested along with the Grade I Arlington Million and the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as part of Arlington's International Festival of Racing Aug. 13.
Arlington Park bugler Bonny Brown, who also leads the Chicago-based Caribbean band "rhumbuzzz," brings her band to Trackside Arlington Park Friday evening at 7:30 to play at "Party on the Patio." The Friday session will serve as a special release party for Bonny's new CD "Just Play."
Friday afternoon, "Dave Tamkin & Company" will be performing acoustic-driven rock at the Miller Lite Party in the Park, with first race and first song beginning at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Chicagoland's favorite all-girl rock group "Catfight" headlines at the Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ, where this week's food special off the Weber grill is a Carolina pulled BBQ chicken sandwich, with first race and first song beginning at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, Arlington Park guests can celebrate "Mardi Gras" at Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald.
Arts and crafts activities at Arlington's Mardi Gras celebration include making colorful hats and beads to be worn in a special Mardi Gras parade.
Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members will get a lesson in equine massage therapy from a locally based equine massage therapist. JJC members will meet in the Paddock area at 11:45 a.m. for this event.
There is no surer way to "Get In The Game" of Thoroughbred racing than by owning one, and this week's "Get In The Game" program Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Starting Gate Theatre shows how to pursue that quest.
Host Joe Kristufek will talk to the leaders of some of our top local ownership groups to find out what it takes to really "Get In The Game."
Through partnerships, horse ownership is a lot easier and a lot less expensive than people might think, and as any owner would probably agree, there is no thrill quite as unique as watching a horse cross under the wire in front while wearing silks that represent your ownership, as well as the ego gratification that follows from seeing your name in print.
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