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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/16/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


The Silver Mound Stable of Carolyn Disko struck gold at Arlington Park Thursday when the 4-year-old filly Hunters Gold returned a $110.60 win mutuel: largest win payoff to date through the 30 racing days of Arlington’s 2006 season.

The 4-year-old filly, ridden by Carlos Silva, rallied boldly from mid-pack in the final furlong of Thursday’s finale to be best by three-quarters of a length at the wire. A daughter of the good grass sire Halory Hunter, the Illinois homebred recorded her first victory in her fifth career start, but was making only her second appearance over turf.

Hunters Cove is trained by Monique Cameron-Leichty, a Chicago native who was saddling her first local winner this season with her fourth starter.

The filly’s place price of $38.20 Thursday was also a season high, and the Pick 3 payoff of $1,777 dwarfed the Pick 4 payoff of $106.10. The latter mutuel was paid out to those who had three winners out of four in the Pick 4, the first time this season that no correct four-out-of four Pick 4 tickets were sold.


Joining Arlington Park hosts for Saturday’s second “Breakfast At Arlington” program of the 2006 season include -- appropriately enough on Father’s Day weekend -- several fathers and their progeny.

Arlington Park jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. will be “miked up” over the public address system while he schools a horse in the gate to begin the program, and later in the morning be joined by his siblings and his father, retired jockey Carlos H. Marquez, who rode 230 winners at Arlington during his career.

Arlington Park jockey Jesse Campbell, currently third in the local standings, will be joined by his father trainer Mike Campbell, who has saddled seven winners at Arlington so far this summer to make up another pair of Saturday’s breakfast guests.

Also, Kevin Greely, now in his initial season as Arlington Park’s vice president of racing and racing secretary, will be joined by his daughter Erin Greely, director of horsemen’s relations as another duo of breakfast guests.

A special guest on Saturday’s “Breakfast At Arlington” program will be Col. Roy Arnold, the new president of Arlington Park and senior vice president, Illinois Operations, of Churchill Downs, Inc.

Veteran Arlington Park trainer Steve Hobby, who maintains an incredible 83 percent in-the money ratio from 18 starters so far this season, will join the breakfast program along with the 12-year-old Chindi, his multiple stakes winner of past years who now serves as his stable pony.


Steven Crist, Daily Racing Form’s chairman and publisher, will be joined by that publication’s Arlington columnist and handicapper Marcus Hersh when they host a handicapping seminar together Sunday in The Starting Gate Theatre at Arlington Park from 12 noon-1 p.m.

Following the seminar, there will be a booksigning with Crist autographing copies of his latest book, “Exotic Betting.”

In an additional Father’s Day note, Hersh’s daughter Ursula will celebrate her seventh birthday on July 5.


Carl Pollard’s Morner, coming off a winning effort at Churchill Downs May 27, is among 10 fillies and mares named to Saturday’s Arlington feature: the 18th running of the Grade III Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap.

Pollard, chairman of Churchill Downs, Inc., won the 2004 renewal of the Chicago Breeders’ Cup with My Trusty Cat. That same mare finished fourth behind Stewart Madison’s Happy Ticket in last year’s renewal.

Pollard’s Caressing, Eclipse Award-winning juvenile filly of 2000, finished third in the 2002 Chicago Breeders’ Cup ‘Cap after capturing Arlington’s Grade III Singapore Plate (now the Arlington Oaks) in 2001. She won the 2000 Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie and Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies prior to her championship honors that year.

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