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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/29/06)
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In today's notes:
The second of four Monday racing programs during Arlington Park’s 2006 meeting occurs this weekend as Chicago’s celebrates its traditional Fourth of July extended holiday weekend.
Also on Monday -- July 3 -- the first 5,000 paid admissions will receive a free Arlington Park blanket.
Arlington’s traditional fireworks show, presented by LaSalle Bank, begins shortly after dusk Monday evening as one of the biggest displays in the suburbs.
Post time for Monday’s special racing program begins at 2:30 p.m. and the holiday activities include favorite Pepsi Family Day activities such as pony rides, face painters and a petting zoo, plus live music by the Elton John/Billy Joel tribute band “Piano Man.” The fun continues into the evening with live music from “Four Man Band,” the band that knows all the classics.
The America’s Birthday weekend begins when Friday’s special twilight racing program, with its late post time of 3 p.m., kicks off the holiday weekend by giving Arlington guests a chance to enjoy the Miller Lite Party In The Park atmosphere while grooving to the rock band “A Kangaroo Court.” Also on Friday, The Loop’s Erin Carmen will make an appearance in the Park.
Later Friday evening, at Trackside Arlington Park following the races, the Caribbean band “rhumbuzzz,” featuring Arlington Park’s bugler Bonny Brown, will entertain at Party On The Patio.
On Saturday, July 1, when Arlington’s first race reverts to its regular 1 p.m. time slot, Arlington guests can get down to the rock ‘n’ roll sounds of “Nine Fifty” at the Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ. A beer-marinated jumbo bratwurst is the featured special on the grill.
On Sunday, the kids will “Get Excited About Science” at Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald. Arlington Park’s special guest Steve Belliveau combines magic, humor, music and audience participation into shows that bring down to Earth basic scientific ideas. Show times are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Also on Sunday, the first 300 Junior Jockey Club members to stop by the JJC tent in the Park will receive a free JJC Mug.
The first of two Arlington Park Tuesday “live” racing programs will be held this Tuesday on the Fourth of July.
There will also be a “live” racing program Tuesday, Sept. 12, closing day of Arlington Park’s 2006 season.
Arlington Park’s leading jockey Chris Emigh, who suffered a concussion in a June 21 spill here, is set to return to riding Friday while listed for eight mounts on the nine-race program.
“I worked two horses this morning,” Emigh said Thursday. “My neck and shoulder were still a little sore, but that should work itself out. I’ve got all my motion back and I don’t have any headaches any more, so I think I should be ready to roll.”
Former Arlington Park racing secretary Tommy Trotter is recuperating from heart by-pass surgery at Hollywood Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.
“He had a little pneumonia last week so that was a little bit of a setback,” said Trotter’s daughter Maureen Wednesday afternoon. “He’s gradually making progress, but we don’t yet have a date when he will be released from the hospital to begin rehab.”
In addition to his duties at Arlington, Trotter, who retired in 2001, was for many years the racing secretary at the NYRA, Hialeah and Gulfstream, and a racing official in various other capacities at numerous other facilities throughout the country.
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