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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/29/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Arlington Park’s popular $100,000-guaranteed Turf Trifecta pool, introduced last season at Chicago’s Northwest oval, worked out for the bettors’ advantage in Sunday’s $42,375 Reluctant Guest Stakes.

Had the Reluctant Guest turf trifecta payoff been figured on what was actually in the pool when the horses left the gate, the payoff for the fans would have been $300.20 based on a $2 wager. However, because of Arlington’s guarantee of a $100,000 gross pool, those that had the correct trifecta combination were rewarded with a trifecta payoff of $440.20, or an additional $140 for those who selected the race’s first three finishers in the correct order.

“We developed the guaranteed turf trifecta pool to attract fans to our turf races and create better pools in those races,” said Keith Darby, Arlington’s director of marketing and sales. “In this particular situation it worked for the benefit of our customers who benefited by $140.”

The guaranteed $100,000 Turf Trifecta pool, which this season began last Friday, is offered on all turf races with a minimum of eight betting interests run on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday programs.

There were two such races Friday, one Saturday and two Sunday, with two more offered on Monday’s Memorial Day program.

Until Sunday’s Reluctant Guest, the pools for all those guaranteed turf trifecta races had averaged approximately $130,000. Ironically, the Reluctant Guest, involving stakes quality horses with proven credentials as grass runners, was a terrific betting race for trifecta wagering.

J. Denker and S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer, a possible candidate for this summer’s Grade I Beverly D. Aug. 12, won the Reluctant Guest, finishing a half-length in front of Quarter B. Farm’s Beau Happy (heroine of last year’s $88,400 Lincoln Heritage Handicap), who finished a length and a half to the good of the Estate of William Lydon’s Ms. Lydonia, a prospective starter for this summer’s Lincoln Heritage on Prairie State Festival Day June 24.


J. Denker and S. D. Brilie’s Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer became the latest feather in the cap of trainer Christine Janks following her half-length tally in Sunday’s $42,375 Reluctant Guest Stakes.

However, the 5-year-old mare also helped sooth the sting of Saturday’s disqualification of Fifteen Rounds, the Janks trainee owned by Ken Meeker and Carson Springs Farm who finished first under the wire in the Grade III Hanshin Cup but was subsequently placed second.

Janks, who finished as the runner-up in Arlington’s final trainer standings last season, is off to another fast start, visiting the winner’s circle with one-third of the horses she had saddled through Sunday’s program, and finishing in the money with two out of every three starters. She is also running second to Tom Tomillo in this season’s current standings.

“Last year I kind of expected it,” said Janks of her 2005 summer season. “We had a lot of good horses with conditions. I figured this year was going to be a little bit of a struggle because I didn’t have as many conditions, but the horses have all run their hearts out. We’ve had a phenomenal month, and, believe me, I really appreciate the horses’ efforts. I was especially proud of Fifteen Rounds on Saturday. He thinks he won, and we didn’t tell him he didn’t.

“The disqualification was just one of those unfortunate things,” Janks said. “You hope those things even out a little, or maybe even eventually work in your favor. Anyway, he came out of his race fine and so did Chic Dancer (Sunday.)

“I told the owners of Chic Dancer I was going to win the Beverly D. with her,” said Janks when asked about future plans for Sunday’s Reluctant Guest victress, “but I admit that would be extremely ambitious. As for Ms. Lydonia (the Estate of William Lydon and Carson Springs Farm’s color bearer who was third in the Reluctant Guest), we’ll consider her for the Lincoln Heritage on Prairie State Festival Day.”


Cristobal Marquez of Chile, an international ballet star currently serving as soloist for the Nevada Ballet Theatre in Las Vegas, visited Arlington Park for the first time Sunday and began his afternoon by wagering on Victor Achar’s Don Salomon in the first race of the day.

Don Salomon, trained by Alejandro Razo and ridden by Eduardo Perez, came from far back to win by a neck in the opener, rewarding his backers with a $68.20 win mutuel.

The South American choreographer continued his winning afternoon with a successful hunch bet on Chic Dancer in Sunday’s featured $42,375 Reluctant Guest Stakes, and concluded the race day by cashing a winning exacta ticket worth $26.20 in Sunday’s finale.

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