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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/17/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Letto Thoroughbreds Inc. and Carson Springs Farm’s Sunset Kisses’ winning effort in Sunday’s featured seventh race came as no surprise to trainer Christine Janks, currently tied for the runner-up spot in Arlington Park’s trainer standings.

“She had beaten all of those other fillies other than Whimsy and ‘Gillian’,” Janks said Monday morning during training hours, “and she really moves up when the track is off. She ran big, and the other filly (Janks-trained For Gillian, owned by Arbaway Farm and the Estate of William Lydon) will run better next time. Both of them are a notch below stakes quality, but both are good shippers, so we have a number of options for them.”

Janks, who also tied for second in Arlington’s final standings last season, has Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon’s Pretty Jenny entered for Saturday’s Fit For A Queen Stakes.

“She’s doing really well,” said Janks of the Illinois-bred daughter of Pioneering, who won the $86,200 Purple Violet during last year’s Prairie State Festival here, and was most recently second to Bob and Nancy Bartels’ Bluesbdancing in Hawthorne’s Governor’s Lady Handicap April 29.

“I keep thinking we can beat Terrel’s horse,” said Janks, speaking of the Governor’s Lady winner, trained by Terrel Gore, “but I can’t make any excuses for that race. Terrel’s horse was clearly better the other day. I would hope we could reverse that Saturday, but I don’t know.”

As it happens, Janks and Pretty Jenny won’t have to beat Bluesbdancing, although that filly was a Fit For A Queen nominee.

“I’d like to keep my filly against Illinois-breds while I can,” said Gore Wednesday morning, “so there’s another race I have picked out for her in a couple of weeks.”


Arlington Park will offer simulcast wagering on Saturday’s 131st running of the Grade I Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, as the second jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s 2006 Triple Crown.

Lael Stable’s Barbaro, winner of the Grade I Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 6, headlines the field for the Preakness.

On Friday, Arlington Park (and all Illinois Trackside OTB locations) will offer advance wagering on the Preakness as well as Miller Lite Party in the Park with the band “Cover Gurl” – winner of the 2004 Battle of the Bands at Arlington.

In addition to Saturday’s Preakness simulcast and the Fit For A Queen Stakes locally, Arlington guests can get down to the Motown and rhythm and blues sounds of “R-Gang” at Saturday’s Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ, with smoked turkey breast as the featured item on the menu.

On Sunday, Arlington guests can enjoy Pepsi Family Day, sponsored by the Daily Herald, while the kids combine fun with learning by competing in the “Interactive Trivia Blitz” Game Show related to this week’s theme of Health & Safety.

Also on Sunday, the Junior Jockey Club will present one of its most popular events when members will get the chance to meet several members of the Arlington Park jockey colony, take pictures, ask questions and get autographs from their favorite jockeys. The first 300 JJC members will also receive real jockey goggles.


Ariel Smith, Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey in 1999 but new to the Arlington Park jockey colony this season, became the first jockey to ride both halves of Arlington’s Daily Double this year when he won Sunday’s opener aboard Lion’s Head Stable LLC’s Kensington for trainer Joe Kasperski and came right back to capture the second race astride Frank Calabrese’s Storm Kingdom for conditioner Wayne Catalano.

Smith, who has been riding most of the horses started by last season’s champion owner-trainer combination, is having his engagements handled by agent Penny Ffitch Hayes.

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