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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/7/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Tina Guidry, Debbie Laviolette and other jockeys' and horsemen's wives will mimic a fire department stoplight tradition by "passing the boot" throughout Arlington's "Miller Lite Party In The Park" gathering Friday to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The horsemen's wives will continue their Park Area drive during Saturday's and Sunday's racing program.

Janice Campbell, wife of Arlington trainer Mike Campbell and mother of Arlington jockey Jesse Campbell, is coordinating the weekend wives' relief drive with the spouses of Arlington jockeys Mark Guidry and Shane Laviolette, both Louisiana-born and raised riders.

"We wanted to contribute to what the jockeys here have been doing in the Paddock outside their quarters when they sign autographs to help with the hurricane relief," said Mrs. Campbell. "Not everybody that goes to Paddock at Arlington also goes to the Park Area, and not everybody that goes to the Park Area goes to the Paddock. We wanted to make it easier for both groups to get the chance to contribute to this cause."

Checks should be made out to "H. G. C. A." with a notation that the check is designated for the "Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund."

Arlington's practice of having tables set up for jockeys to sign autographs on behalf of Katrina relief was initiated in the Paddock last Sunday, and will be continued this Saturday and Sunday while horsemen's wives "pass the boot" in the Park Area Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jockeys will also be collecting donations at Arlington's gates beginning Wednesday.

The penultimate "Miller Lite Party In the Park" for Arlington's 2005 racing season will be held Friday, with the band "Bottoms Up" as the headline attraction. First race and first song both begin at 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, "Get In The Game" host Joe Kristufek will give guests the chance to learn all about Thoroughbred Horse Sales, featuring subjects such as what buyers are looking for as well as the development and eventual racing of 2-year-olds. "Get In The Game" will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Starting Gate Theatre.

On Sunday, Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald will get the kids ready to go back to school with an "Arlington Arnold Goes Back to School" as performed by "The Puppet Place." Show times will be at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the first 300 Junior Jockey Club members can stop by the JJC tent to receive a Junior Jockey Club folder.


Arlington announcer John G. Dooley, voice of Chicago's Northwest oval since the 2000 season, has been asked to join the upcoming 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Program at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

"It's an honor to be asked by the NYRA and Breeders' Cup officials to work with Tom Durkin on such a big day of racing," said Dooley, who is a native of Staten Island, New York.

In addition to his duties as the NYRA announcer, Durkin has been NBC's on-air Breeders' Cup race caller since the inception of the Breeders' Cup in 1984.

Dooley is expected to announce post parades over Belmont's public address system throughout the afternoon, and may call some races on the Breeders' Cup under card over Belmont's public address system based on Durkin's schedule.

Dooley's "curriculum vitae" includes a stint as the NYRA's assistant announcer before coming to Arlington.

"I'm very excited and grateful for this opportunity," said Dooley at Arlington Wednesday. "It not only gives me the chance to watch this year's Breeders' Cup from the 'best seat in the house,' but it also allows me the opportunity to return home to see my family and friends."

Arlington's 2005 season ends Sept. 18. Dooley is also the track announcer at the Fair Grounds, which has cancelled its upcoming session in New Orleans due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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