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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/26/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Saturday’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap, Arlington Park’s richest race contested on the main track with its $300,000 purse, is also its second oldest, but no horse has ever won it three times in 73 renewals to date.
Stonecrest Farm’s Perfect Drift, four and a half-length hero of last summer’s running and also the winner of the 2003 edition, will try to accomplish that feat to highlight Arlington Park’s multifaceted entertainment scheduled for this weekend.
The 7-year-old son of Dynaformer has had a fascinating career in addition to his Washington Park ‘Cap triumphs, running third in the Kentucky Derby in 2002, unplaced in the Belmont, but on to Arlington that fall for his first of three attempts at the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Classic.
In 2003, after his Washington Park score on the main track, he came back in his first and only attempt at the Grade I Arlington Million four weeks later on grass, but was unplaced.
However, out in the Park area throughout Saturday afternoon, Arlington guests can enjoy Latin-flavored music by “Rico” at the Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ. The featured food special will be a barbecued chicken sandwich from the grill, with first race and first song beginning at 1 p.m.
Arlington’s weekend activities actually get underway Friday when the Miller Lite Party In The Park will feature the modern rock sounds of “The Foster-Walker Complex,” with first race and first song beginning at 3 p.m.
Following the completion of Friday’s racing program, “Party On The Patio” gets underway at Trackside Arlington Park where musical entertainment continues performed by “A Kangaroo Court.”
On Sunday, “The Circus Boy Show” comes to the Park Area during Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald. Showtimes are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. for the visually stimulating performance that includes trick bicycling, stilt walking and juggling as well as audience participation.
Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members will take a trip out to Arlington Park’s Starting Gate to see Thoroughbreds in action up close as a race begins. Pre-registration for that trip is required on the JJC hotline (847) 870-6614.
Jim Tafel LLC’s Coolwind pressed the pace in Sunday’s $45,250 Sweetest Chant Stakes and drew off in the lane to tally by two and three-quarter lengths.
It was the second straight win at one mile over the local course for the sophomore daughter of Forest Wildcat and trainer Greg Geier is looking at the Grade III Arlington Breeders’ Cup Oaks at a mile and an eighth Aug. 19 for the homebred’s next start.
“It looks like that’s where we’re headed if everything continues to go well,” said Geier Wednesday morning during training hours. “I really don’t think two turns is going to be a problem for her. She finished fourth in Keeneland’s (Grade II) Alcibiades last fall. She handled it that time.”
Coolwind finished third in last fall’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Lassie Stakes Sept. 18 during Arlington’s closing day prior to her start in the Alcibiades. The Kentucky-bred had broken her maiden here at first asking on Arlington Million Day last summer.
Jim Heischberg has joined Arlington Park on a full-time basis as on-site Help Desk Support after serving as an outside contractor for several months.
Heischberg previously served for 16 years with Siemens in a variety of technical and supervisory positions.
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