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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/14/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
The upcoming Father’s Day program at Arlington Park -- traditionally one of the most popular Sunday Pepsi Family Days, presented by the Daily Herald -- will be highlighted this Sunday by the gift of a free Arlington Park polo shirt to the first 5,000 paid admissions.
However, the Family Day program will also include pony rides, face painters, a petting zoo and live rock music by “The Kimi Hayes Band.” Gates will open at 11:15 a.m. on Father’s Day with the races and the music program beginning at 1 p.m.
This Saturday, the second “Breakfast at Arlington” of the 2006 season will be held, with Arlington Park’s new television personalities joining track announcer John G. Dooley for an entertaining and informative program covering everything from training horses to track maintenance. Guests get to watch the horses go through their morning training regimen against a breathtaking backdrop of early morning sunlight and may also enjoy a $7 Breakfast buffet from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Guests of the “Breakfast at Arlington” program are allowed to stay for Saturday’s racing program that begins at 1 p.m.
The Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ will be held in the Park Area Saturday, featuring a barbecued pork chop as the food special and the classic rock of “One Foot in the Groove” as the musical entertainment. Their first song will be played at 1 p.m.
The Father’s Day weekend actually starts Friday at Arlington Park with its twilight racing program beginning at 3 p.m., and the popular Miller Lite Party in the Park featuring the high energy rock of “J. P. and the Cats” in the Park Area with their first song beginning at 3 p.m.
Following Friday’s twilight racing program, the fun continues at Trackside Arlington Park with great rock music by “Flashpoint” to highlight “Party on the Patio.”
Finally, in addition to the free Polo Shirt giveaway Sunday, the Junior Jockey Club will be celebrating Father’s Day Family Day at Arlington when JJC members can make Dad a special placemat with all supplies provided by Arlington Park.
Jockey Rafael Mojica Jr., shaken up when his mount Casting Spells, owned by Dixiana Stables Inc., fell in Sunday’s seventh race, returns to riding Wednesday with four mounts scheduled for the afternoon.
Mojica was taken to the hospital for precautionary x-rays following Sunday’s incident but was not seriously injured.
Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Original Spin, Illinois Horse of the Year last season, breezed five furlongs in :58.80 Wednesday at Arlington Park.
“She did it under her own steam,” said trainer Tony Mitchell following the move by the winner of last fall’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Lassie who was also third in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont later last year. “Jesse (jockey Campbell, aboard for the move) didn’t ask her for anything, and she galloped out in 1:12, but I want to give her another breeze before I commit to any particular race. We’ll see how she comes out of her next breeze. Our ultimate goal is the Oaks (Grade III Arlington Oaks Aug. 19), but we’ll want to give her something before that.”
Original Spin’s little brother Divine Comic, an unstarted 2-year-old also owned by the Reineman family, breezed a half on Monday in :49.
“We’re very happy with where we’re at with him,” said Mitchell. “He galloped out strong, too, and we’re right on schedule with him, but we’re looking for a race going at least three-quarters before we start him. We’re waiting for the races to stretch out a little bit.”
Wexler Racing Stables Inc.’s Kid Grindstone, winner of Oaklawn’s Grade III Fifth Season Stakes April 12 on the main track, breezed a half on the grass in :53 Wednesday.
“That work puts him a little closer,” said trainer Mike Campbell following the move. “Jesse (jockey Campbell, aboard for the move) said he could’ve easily gone three-quarters. Our ultimate goal is the (Grade III) Sea o’ Erin (Breeders’ Cup Mile Aug. 5), but were going to try and find a race for him the first week in July. By the way, we’re also going to take that route with (Easy Money 2006, LLC’s) No Tolerance (winner of Arlington’s $42,500 Mister Gus Stakes May 29.)”
Owner Avers Wexler and Campbell trainer-jockey father-son combination also celebrated two wins Sunday, scoring with Excommunicate in the third and Miss Ann H in the seventh race of the day.
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