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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/31/05)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
The first 5,000 paid admissions to Arlington Park on Sunday will receive a free "bobblehead" doll featuring the likeness of Arlington Park bugler Bonny Brown.
The popular musician replaced legendary Arlington bugler Joe Kelly at the beginning of the 2003 racing season. Kelly retired at the end of the Arlington's 2002 meeting after the Northwest Chicago oval hosted the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Guests of Arlington Park are reminded that Arlington will have a new Friday late post time of 2:30 p.m. beginning this Friday and remaining in effect on Fridays only through the end of the 2005 racing season.
The first race on Fridays will be one half-hour earlier due to the dwindling daylight hours as the Arlington season draws to a close on Sept. 18.
Sept. 2, 9 and 16 are the Friday programs involved for the new 2:30 post time.
This Friday, the Miller Lite Party in the Park will feature the rhythm and blues sounds of "Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners," with their first song coinciding with first post at 2:30 to kick off the extended Labor Day holiday weekend.
The third and final of three Monday racing programs during Arlington Park's 2004 meeting takes place this weekend as Chicago's Northwest suburban oval celebrates the Labor Day holiday.
Monday's Labor Day live racing program will have a normal first post time of 1 p.m., and Arlington Park will also feature a special family day program on that day that includes pony rides and a petting zoo for the entertainment of Arlington's younger guests.
One day earlier, Arlington will host its regular Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald on Sunday, featuring a "Hooray for Hollywood" celebration for the whole family in the Park Area.
Our "Charlie Chaplin" look-a-like will entertain with his antics and audience members can participate in a "mock" silent movie. Also, everyone can play "Hollywood Trivia" to win prizes during the shows that begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Junior Jockey Club members will meet the track veterinarian this Sunday when JJC members gather in the Paddock at 11:45 p.m.
Two "Get In The Game" sessions -- one Saturday and another on Monday -- are planned for the upcoming Labor Day weekend at Arlington Park.
Host Joe Kristufek's Saturday program will focus on the breeding aspect of the Thoroughbred industry, and Monday's bonus session will have jockeys James Graham and Kyle Kaenel as the featured guests.
Also on Saturday, "Johnny Star & The Meteors" will play during the final Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ of the 2005 Arlington Park season. This week's food special off the Weber grill is a jumbo bratwurst. First race and first song will be at 1 p.m.
Veteran jockey Mark Guidry -- enjoying a highly successful midsummer return to Arlington Park following the end of the Churchill Downs spring meeting July 10 -- became the fourth leading rider in Arlington history when he took down both halves of Sunday's midday double to give him 982 Arlington wins during his career.
Guidry, Arlington's jockey champion in 1992 and again in 2000, tied the retired Ray Sibille for fourth on the all-time Arlington's leaders list with his win aboard Jay Em Ess Stable's Road Show, trained by Paul McGee, in Sunday's fifth race.
Guidry, 46, came right back to the winner's circle astride Frank Calabrese's Bold America, trained by Wayne Catalano, in Sunday's sixth race to take over the fourth spot exclusively.
Two Hall of Famers -- Earlie Fires and Pat Day -- occupy first and second positions respectively on Arlington's all-time leading rider list, with veteran Illinois reinsman Carlos Silva in the third spot. Fires' next winner will be his 2,800th at Arlington and the 6,356th of his career.
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