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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/26/06)
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In today's notes:
Veteran Arlington Park jockey Chris Emigh, who rode back-to-back winners Thursday to increase his leading rider status by eight winners in front of his nearest rival, has been named as the headline guest attraction for Saturday’s inaugural “Breakfast at Arlington” program of the 2006 season.
Saturday’s “Breakfast at Arlington” will be conducted by Arlington announcer John G. Dooley and the track’s two newest television personalities –- Liane Davis and Lauren Massarella -– who debut as hostesses of the popular special Arlington weekend program.
“Breakfast at Arlington,” which affords guests the opportunity to observe Thoroughbreds during their morning workouts, offers a breakfast buffet from 7:30-9:30 a.m., and allows those in attendance to stay for the races Saturday afternoon.
Jockey Emigh, coming off a riding title at the recently concluded Hawthorne meeting, has numerous leading rider championships on the Chicago circuit but has never captured a title at Arlington Park.
The popular reinsman, 35, was born in Portsmouth, Va., but has been a Chicagoland resident for a number of years.
Emigh won Thursday’s third race aboard Hondo Ranch Inc.’s All the Facts for trainer Frank Kirby and came right back to the winner’s circle in the fourth astride the Irish-bred filly French Fern, owned by Ken Sentel and Merrill Scherer and conditioned by Scherer.
Other guests on Saturday’s program will include track veterinarian Dr. Joseph LoKanc Jr., as well as jockeys Randy Meier and Tim Thornton.
New Arlington chaplains Stephen Guarnero and Ernesto Reyes will conduct a bake sale during the breakfast program with proceeds benefiting the Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA).
Hussar Racing Stable LLC’s Lighthouse Lil and Quarter B. Farm’s Beau Happy, both former winners of Arlington’s $75,000 added Lincoln Heritage Handicap, face each other and nine other fillies and mares in Sunday’s $40,000 added Reluctant Guest Stakes at one mile over Arlington’s grass course.
If Sunday’s field remains intact, the turf test for members of the distaff set will have a gross value of $42,750 with a $25,650 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner. The race will also serve as a significant preview of this year’s Lincoln Heritage ‘Cap, one of six races restricted to Illinois-breds run on Prairie State Festival Day June 24.
Lighthouse Lil, trained by Chris Block, is coming off a decisive length and a half-victory over the Hawthorne lawn April 23, and won the $85,850 Lincoln Heritage in 2004. She will be ridden by regular rider Eddie Razo.
Beau Happy, who finished sixth behind Lighthouse Lil in that Southside race when making her seasonal bow, breezed a bullet :37 for three-eighths Thursday morning at Arlington for trainer Mike Stidham to indicate her improving readiness for Sunday’s featured event. Jesse Campbell is named to handle the reins aboard the daughter of Beau Genius and teamed up to win last summer’s $88,400 Lincoln Heritage ‘Cap.
Sure to provide strong competition in the Reluctant Guest are two mares trained by Christine Janks -– the Estate of William Lydon and Carson Springs Farm’s Ms. Lydonia and J. Denker and S. D. Brille Ltd.’s Chic Dancer -– second and third respectively behind Lighthouse Lil last time. Francisco Torres, currently second in Arlington’s jockey standings, has the mount on Ms. Lydonia, while leading rider Chris Emigh gets the call astride Chic Dancer.
Completing the field is Butterfly Stable’s Skiffs Angel, Jose Ferrer up; Kay Reed and Timothy Wright’s Beau Watch, Eddie Martin Jr.; Charles Sigrist’s Samantha B., Eduardo Perez; Jeffrey Cooper’s Cercatore, Carlos H. Marquez Jr.; Steve Holland and Crown’s Way Farm’s You Dancing Devil, James Graham; Dixiana Stables Inc.’s Ayla Bella, Ariel Smith; and Springwood LLC’s Listen, Miguel Mena.
Conditioner James Day, who saddled Robert Schaedle III’s Honor Glide to sweep all three legs of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple in 1997, will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Mississauga Convention Center Aug. 24.
Honor Glide swept the Grade II Arlington Classic, Grade II American Derby, and Grade I Secretariat Stakes nine years ago, joining Powhatan Stable’s Tom Rolfe in 1965 and Ogden Phipps’ Buckpasser in 1966 as the only horses to sweep all three divisions of the Triple.
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