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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/16/05)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Veteran jockey Mark Guidry became the fourth rider in Arlington Park history to reach the 1,000-win milestone in victories at Arlington when he rode the first of his three winners on Thursday's program.

Arlington's all-time leading jockey Earlie Fires -- a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga -- tops that list with 2,799 Arlington wins, while Hall of Famer Pat Day, now retired, holds down the second spot with 1,330 wins. Illinois veteran Carlos Silva ranks third with 1,015 wins through Thursday, followed by Guidry in fourth with 1,002.

Guidry reached the four-figure mark locally in Thursday's fifth race -- his second mount of six during the afternoon -- with his winning ride aboard Charles Patton's Therecomesatiger, trained by Tom Proctor. He added two more later in the program, winning the sixth race and completing the second half of the midday double on William Bradford's A Classic Aussie, conditioned by Murray Johnson, and concluded his triple aboard William Pacella, Joseph Rizza & Ronald Schwed's U R Loved, trained by Anthony Granitz, in the eighth event.

The Louisiana-born jockey, Arlington's leading rider in 1992 and again in 2000, left the Illinois circuit on a full time basis after his second championship, and came back late this season following the close of Churchill Downs July 10. Despite his late start locally, where the season began May 13, Guidry has risen to fourth place in the local standings.

"I'm going for 5,000 wins in my career right now," said Guidry in winner's circle ceremonies following the fifth race, "and I'm very grateful to have won as many races as I have here this summer."

The 46-year-old rider now has 4,729 in his career through Thursday. Perhaps his biggest score to date came in last winter's Grade I Santa Anita Derby aboard Buzzard's Bay.


Irish-born jockey James Graham, now in his second season at Arlington Park and quickly earning status as an honorary citizen of Chicago, shared Thursday riding honors with Mark Guidry by scoring a "hat trick" of his own.

With his recent winning surge over the last several racing days, Graham, currently third in Arlington's 2005 season standings, is only three wins away from the second spot.

He took Thursday's opener astride Rebecca Maker-trained Shadow Ridge, owned by Dare To Dream Stable LLC; came back in the third for trainer David Hinsley on Ituna, owned by Montesano Racing; and won the seventh for conditioner Charlie Vinci aboard Boogie Hill, owned by Wexler Racing Stables, Inc.

Shaun Bridgmohan is far in front and will be Arlington's 2005 jockey champion with 126 winners through Thursday, and Chris Emigh is the runner-up with 79 trips to the winner's circle this season. Graham is third with 76 wins, and Guidry is fourth with 69.

In the 2005 trainer's race, Wayne Catalano is far in front and will be 2005 trainer champion at Arlington. He has 63 winners through Thursday, one away from his record 64 winners at Arlington for a season established in 2002.

Catalano, Arlington's leading trainer three of the last four years, has six horses entered Friday, beginning with Frank Calabrese's Stormy Seas in the opener, continuing with Calabrese's Steamboat Express in the fourth; and that owner's Sr. Razem in the sixth; It's Handsome I Am in the seventh; and the entry of One Other Than and Time to Live in the ninth.

Chris Block has moved into the runner-up position in the trainer standings with 31 winners through Thursday, while Christine Janks held the third spot after saddling 30 winners. Last season's Arlington trainer champion Frank Kirby was tied for fourth with Brian Williamson. Both conditioners had saddled 28 winners through Thursday.


Nancy Vanier & Cartwright Thoroughbreds LLC's Straight Line, half-length winner of Arlington's Forward Pass Stakes on Arlington Million Day, Aug. 13, heads a field of 10 named to Saturday's co-featured Paradise Creek Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth over Arlington's world famous turf course.

Opposing Straight Line is Stonerside Stable LLC's Thunder Mission, Jesse Campbell; Walts David Stable LLC's Pirates Bite, Brice Blanc; Wexler Racing Stables Inc.'s Kid Grindstone, James Graham; Tom Fedro, Sadie & Darrell Brommer & Team Block's Sir Winzalot, Eusebio Razo; Edmund & Sharon Hudon's Recognition, Chris Emigh; Gabe Grossberg's Cosmic Kris, E. T. Baird; Martin Grotheer's Earths Vain Shadow, Earlie Fires; Bavarian Stables LLC's Bavarian Baron, Mike Smith; and Iron County Farms Inc.'s Bellator, Seth Martinez.

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