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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/10/06)
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In today's notes:
Conditioner Brian Williamson saddled two winners for the second day in a row Friday to vault from sixth to third in the Arlington trainer standings over that same two-day period.
Williamson’s Friday double began with Vanier, Pritts and DNJ Racing Stable’s Yesterday Evening in the sixth race of the afternoon, and was completed with Steve Sawatske’s Ivan Jay Perry one race later. Leading rider Chris Emigh was completing two-thirds of a riding triple when aboard for both scores.
With the back-to-back doubles, Williamson has 10 winners through Friday, two less than current leading trainer Wayne Catalano, Arlington’s defending champion, and one less than Tom Tomillo and Christine Janks, currently tied in the runner-up spot.
Williamson is the son-in-law of Harvey Vanier, Arlington’s trainer champion for five straight years from 1993-97 –- an Arlington record for consecutive titles –- but was also the leading trainer in the 1987 and 1989 meetings.
Friday’s good news for leading jockey Chris Emigh –- in pursuit of his first Arlington Park riding championship -– was that he rode his seventh riding triple of the current session not yet one-third completed.
The bad news was that the accomplishment brought his win average down over the last two racing days to four-per-day.
On Thursday, of course, Emigh became the second jockey this season to ride five winners on a single program, joining James Graham, who accomplished that feat May 27.
Emigh won two races Friday for Brian Williamson, now third in the Arlington standings, and a third for trainer David Paulus aboard Dixiana Stables Inc.’s High Blues in Friday’s feature.
That colt, competitive with Belmont Stakes runners Sunriver and Jazil last winter at Gulfstream, appears likely for the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows June 30.
Veteran Illinois reinsman Shane Laviolette, who tallied with Icanmove, owned by Frank Calabrese and trained by Dan Switzer, in Friday’s program finale, now has 1,498 career wins as he moves closer to the 1,500-win mark.
Reported by Arlington trainer Tony Mitchell, whose father-in-law Bill Boland will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs this summer at the age of 74.
“A friend was congratulating my mother-in-law Sandy about Bill’s upcoming induction and saying how now it was that some of these nominees could be inducted while still around to enjoy it, and she sort of agreed,” Mitchell said. “’Yes it is, she quipped, ‘but I wasn’t worried about him – I was worried about me.’”
Reported by Arlington announcer John G. Dooley, who was summarizing the “Diaper Derby he “called” on the radio Friday morning for The Loop 97.9.
“The one line I didn’t use – which I wish I had,” Dooley said, “was –‘And down the mat he comes!’ I thought of that later. However, I did say that some of the stragglers were showing signs of ‘pooping out,’ and that it was a ‘Lego village’ back to the trailers.”
Reportly spoken by trainer Tommy Tomillo, who had his leg amputed not long ago, about his lack of training success last winter at Gulfstream as opposed to his normal winter headquarters at the Fair Grounds.
“People warned me before I left that you can lose an arm and a leg trying to be competitive down there in Miami,” Tomillo said. “Me? I just lost a leg.”
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