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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/22/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Arlington Park’s leading rider Chris Emigh, diagnosed with a “mild concussion” after a fall in Wednesday’s third race, spent the night at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill., but was released Thursday morning, according to his agent Jay Fedor.
Fedor said that Emigh plans to return to riding in time for Friday’s program, where he is listed aboard six mounts during the afternoon.
Emigh, 35, who has multiple Chicagoland riding titles but has never captured a crown at Arlington Park, is far in front of the current local standings with 56 wins, 23 more than his nearest pursuer.
Although the six restricted stakes races that make up Prairie State Festival Day at Arlington Park will be contested Saturday, the weekend celebrating Illinois’ heritage kicks off Friday when WXRT morning radio personality Lin Brehmer will be on hand to meet and greet fans at Miller Lite Party In The Park.
Performing favorite rock hits from the '60s through the present at the Miller Lite Party will be “The Doormen,” with their first song and Friday’s first race both scheduled for 3 p.m.
Following Friday’s twilight racing program, the festive atmosphere continues with the “southern fried rock” of the band “Goin’ South,” who will entertain during the Party On The Patio at Trackside Arlington Park.
On Saturday, during the Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ in the Park Area, “The Saturday June Band” will perform pop rock tunes, and the live racing program will get underway with first race and first song scheduled for 1 p.m. Grilled Italian sausage will serve as the food special in the Park Area.
Making up the sextet of $75,000-added Prairie State Festival races Saturday is the Black Tie Affair Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf; the Lincoln Heritage Handicap for fillies and mares on the grass at that same distance; the Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs on the main track; the White Oak Handicap for 3-year-olds and up also at six furlongs on the main track; the Purple Violet Stakes for sophomore fillies at one mile on the main track; and the Springfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on the main track.
Sunday, Pepsi Family Day, sponsored by the Daily Herald at Arlington Park, will feature performances by “Those Funny Little People” with shows at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. In between shows, families will also have a chance to play interactive games.
Also on Sunday, the Junior Jockey Club will be entertained by one of Arlington’s blacksmiths showing JJC members how they shoe a horse. The first 300 Junior Jockey Club members on hand for the show at 11:45 a.m. in the Paddock Area will receive an authentic horseshoe.
Arlington Park jockey Eduardo Perez moved into a tie for seventh in the local standings when he rode three winning races during the Wednesday program.
Perez initiated his “hat trick” in the second race with a win aboard Victor Achar’s Huatusco for trainer Alejandro Razo, made it a double with Charles Sigrist’s Flama Del Sol in the sixth for conditioner Moises Yanez, and completed the triple astride Richard Duchossois’ Without a Doubt for trainer Chris Block in the eighth race of the day.
Perez and Without a Doubt established a track record of 1:28.15 for the seven and a half-furlong distance at Arlington Park at the conclusion of Wednesday’s feature.
Veteran Arlington Park jockey Shane Laviolette, with 1,499 career wins through Wednesday’s program, has three chances to reach the 1,500-win plateau Thursday.
Laviolette rides Pieces of Eight Stable’s Nine Chimes in the second race, comes back aboard Craig Noser’s Stormy O’Bryan in the fourth, and completes his scheduled Thursday assignments with Michael and Judy Crowe’s Attack the Books in the eighth.
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