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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/24/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
How do odds makers go about making the "morning line," those odds that appear in Arlington Park's Daily Racing Guide next to each horse?
The answer to that question will be the theme of Saturday's "Get In The Game" program at Arlington beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Arlington's Starting Gate Theatre.
The morning line in the Daily Racing Guide is produced by an expert odds maker whose job it is to try and accurately predict what the closing odds on each horse will be, but serious handicappers could benefit from constructing their own morning line. That way, a handicapper can visualize which horses in each race offer the most value
"Get In The Game" host Joe Kristufek and co-host Michael Costanzo will discuss the process of making a morning line and show guests how they can make their own morning line as an invaluable added handicapping tool.
On Saturday at 1 p.m. the rock group "Kato The Houseboy" will headline the Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ with first race and first song beginning at 1 p.m. This week's food special off the Weber grill is a slow smoked pulled BBQ pork sandwich.
To kick off Arlington's weekend Friday afternoon, the high-energy rock of "J. P. & The Cats" will be featured during the "Party In The Park" program, with first race and first song beginning at 3 p.m.
Arlington Park's weekend added attractions conclude Sunday with Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald, and this week the Sunday staple goes to the "Old West" to present Randy Erwin's "World of Cowboys and Horses." History will come alive in the yodeling and trick roping arts made famous during America's western expansion, and also feature a covered wagon and rope trick demonstrations. Show times will be at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members will learn about the equipment a jockey uses. JJC members will also get to meet one of Arlington's jockeys and as well as a jockey's valet who assists jockeys in preparing for each race. The JJC session begins at 11:45 a.m.
The second annual Arlington Million Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the Racing Industry Charitable Foundation is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect.
Registration and lunch begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for Noon. There will be a cocktail reception beginning at 5:15 p.m. followed by dinner and awards at 6 p.m.
No trainer has saddled more winners in the Arlington Oaks than Carl Nafzger, who has posed in the winner's circle four times after Arlington's main event for 3-year-old fillies.
However, Nafzger made no excuses for his pair in Saturday's running, when Jim Tafel LLC's coupling of Easily and Ritzy ran sixth and seventh respectively in the eight-horse field.
"Both horses came out of the race good," said Nafzger Sunday afternoon. "and both had good trips and great rides. They just weren't good enough."
Should Arlington Million XXIII champion Powerscourt make his next trip to the post in the Group I Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown Sept. 10, it is possible he could face both Group I Epsom Derby hero Motivator as well as Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes winner Azamour, according to early projections for the field for the sixth leg of the World Racing Championships.
Last season, Powerscourt started in Ireland's 10-furlong test following his disqualification in the 2004 Million as the fourth leg of The World Racing Championships.
However, Powerscourt also remains eligible for this year's fifth leg of the WRC -- Germany's Group I Grosser Volkswagen Preis von Baden -- to be contested at 12 furlongs over the Iffezheim Racecourse near Baden-Baden Sept. 4.
On Aug. 24, 1968, while carrying 134 pounds, Dr. Fager set the world record for a mile of 1:32 1/5 in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park. The previous record was 1:32 3/5 set by Buckpasser on June 25, 1966, also at Arlington Park in the Arlington Classic.
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