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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/2/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Arlington Park racing fans are reminded that the first of two Tuesday “live” racing programs in 2006 will be conducted this Tuesday on the Fourth of July.
Arlington’s regular post time of 1 p.m. will be in effect July 4.
However, Arlington’s traditional fireworks show, presented by LaSalle Bank, begins shortly after Monday’s “live” racing program, which has a special late post time of 2:30 p.m.
Also on Monday, the first 5,000 paid admissions to Arlington Park will receive a free Arlington Park blanket, and on that day Family Day activities such as pony rides, face painters and a petting zoo will be available with “live” music in the Park Area.
Due to the unusual America’s Birthday weekend schedule this week, there will be no “live” racing Wednesday or Thursday at Arlington.
Dare To Dream Stable LLC’s Nicole’s Dream will shoot for her third straight local victory when she heads a field of nine, including a coupling, in Tuesday’s $40,000-added Smile Stakes at five furlongs over Arlington’s world famous grass course.
If the field remains intact for the grass dash, Tuesday’s feature event will have a gross value of $42,250 with a $25,350 share of that sum going to the owners of the winning sprinter.
Last season at Arlington, Nicole’s Dream led every step of the way in $42,500 Taylor’s Special Stakes Sept. 18, closing day of the 2005 meeting, when asked to go five and a half furlongs over the local lawn. Previously she had captured the $47,250 J J’sdream Stakes July 24 in similar front-running fashion by five and three-quarters when going five-eighths over that same course.
The 6-year-old mare, conditioned by Larry Rivelli, has always shown an affinity for Arlington’s grass, also winning the Taylor’s Special in 2004 and the $47,750 Lazer Show Stakes in 2003.
In her most recent trip to the post Nicole’s Dream ran second in Churchill’s Excitable Lady Handicap June 10, but easily tallied by three and three-qaurters in Canterbury’s Honor the Hero Stakes May 29.
Capable of providing strong competition for Nicole’s Dream Tuesday is Montesano Racing LLC’s Chaotic Achiever, a winner of his last two starts in grass sprints at Arlington Park.
Trained by David Hinsley, the 5-year-old gelding won an optional claiming turf test June 14 by a length and a half and also for a $35,000 claiming tag June 1 by two and three-quarters.
Also worthy of consideration Tuesday is Running Wolf Racing Stable’s Jump for Joyeux, a winner of two straight grass dashes.
Jump for Joyeux, a gelded son of Joyeux Danseur, was two and a half lengths the best in his last start June 16 at Churchill and also won at four and a half furlongs over the lawn at Mountaineer Park May 29.
Saturday’s Arlington Classic attracted two former Arlington riding champions back to Chicago from their present Kentucky home base, and both jockeys found their way to local winner’s circle again.
Defending Arlington champion Shaun Bridgmohan captured Saturday’s fourth race aboard J. E. Kasperski Jr., J. R. Kasperski and Rich Zaloudek’s Sign the Ticket, trained by Joe Kasperski, with his first mount during the current meeting.
Veteran reinsman Robby Albarado, who was Arlington’s leading rider in 1996, highlighted his Saturday with his Arlington Classic tally on Oxbow Racing LLC’s Kingship for trainer Ronny Werner.
Posting a riding double Saturday -- in back-to-back races -- was Larry Sterling Jr., who continued his hot streak of recent days.
Sterling took the fifth with Dolphus Morrison’s Rapid Proof for trainer Lon Wiggins and came right back to the winner’s circle in the sixth with Butterfly Stable’s Royal Flyer for conditioner Dave Kassen.
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