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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/12/06)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


The fifth annual “Fiesta In The Park” -- a day-long celebration celebrating the heritage and culture of Chicago’s Latino community -- will be presented by LaSalle Bank Sunday at Arlington Park to highlight the coming weekend’s attractions at the Northwest Chicago oval.

Featured at the “Fiesta” will be Spanish cuisine and entertainment for the entire family, beginning with Mariachi Perla de Mexico from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and continuing with William Gomez con Cache Orquestra at 3:30 p.m.

There will also be a “live” broadcast on La Ley 107.9 FM from 1-3 p.m. on the day that recognizes the Latino community’s contributions to Thoroughbred racing.

Family Day attractions Sunday, presented by the Daily Herald, start with a jockey photo signing from noon to 12:30 p.m., and all-day attractions include a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and prizes.

Also on Sunday, Arlington’s Junior Jockey Club theme will feature a veterinarian offering lessons in the proper care of Thoroughbreds. JJC members will meet in the Paddock at 11:45 a.m.

Arlington’s weekend entertainment schedule begins Friday when WXRT’s Tom Marker hosts a blues celebration featuring live music by the “Matthew Skoller” band at the Miller Lite Party in the Park. First race and first song begin at 3 p.m.

Also on Friday, country music recording artist Rodney Atkins will be signing photos and greeting fans in the Paddock area from 5-7 p.m., and “The Mike Gertz Band” highlights the Party On The Patio at Trackside Arlington Park following the last race on the twilight program.

On Saturday, entertainment at Arlington Park begins early with the third “Breakfast at Arlington” program of the season. Thoroughbred racing fans can watch the horses go through their morning workouts while Arlington’s threesome of television personalities hosts a program that features always informative special guests.

From noon-1 p.m. Saturday, local author John McEvoy will be signing copies of his new novel “Riders Down” at Arlington’s Gift Shop adjacent to Cobey’s Food Court.

McEvoy is a former columnist and editor of Daily Racing Form.

Also on Saturday, Arlington guests can enjoy the eclectic rock sounds of the “Charleston Sound Machine” at the Bud Light Summer Bash & BBQ in the Park Area. The featured item on the grill will be a smoked turkey breast, and first race and first song begin at 1 p.m.


Arlington’s current leading jockey Chris Emigh, Arlington’s defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano, and Arlington’s perennial leading owner Frank Calabrese all extended their leads in their respective divisions with multiple wins on last Sunday’s program.

Emigh, in pursuit of his first leading rider crown at Arlington Park, rode three winners Sunday, capturing the third race with Nancy Vanier and D. N. J. Racing Stable’s Sugar Twist for trainer Brian Williamson, the fourth aboard Frank Calabrese’s My Calabrese for conditioner Catalano, and the final astride Internship, also for that same owner-trainer team.

Emigh’s triple extended his advantage to 13 in front of runner-up jockey Francisco Torres at the end of Sunday’s racing day, while Catalano’s double moved him three wins to the good of trainer Tom Tomillo, who occupied the second spot with one more winner than Christine Janks through Sunday. Owner Calabrese, whose silks have posed in the winner’s circle 22 times this season, had almost three times the number of winners as his nearest competitor through Sunday.

Coincidentally, Emigh also scored a “hat trick” on the corresponding day of the 2005 season at Arlington Park.


The second half of Arlington Park’s 2006 season gets underway Wednesday with the 48th day of a 95-day session.

Thursday’s program at Arlington will mark the 10th anniversary of the afternoon when more than 34,000 people came to Chicago’s Northwest oval to see two-time Horse of the Year Cigar tie the modern-day record by winning his 16th consecutive race in the Arlington Citation Challenge.

This Saturday’s Arlington program will be conducted 19 years after Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg became the first conditioner in history to saddle 5,000 winners when his trainee Art’s Chandelle captured the ninth and final race of the day at Arlington Park.

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