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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/30/06)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Arlington Park will celebrate the third of four “live” racing Mondays during the 2006 season to wrap up this upcoming extended Labor Day holiday weekend.
Also, in addition to Monday’s special live racing program, Arlington’s guests will be treated to a “driving-back-the-prices” theme in a one-day attempt to alleviate the present climate of high fuel costs.
Guests who bring in a gas receipt Sept. 4 will receive a free gift while supplies last and may sign up to win one of 10 $50 gas cards given away on that day.
However, the “roll back the prices” theme on Labor Day will also include a special $1 admission price Monday, with preferred parking and the Daily Racing Guide also offered for $1.
Specific food concessions will also have a special $1 price tag, including sodas, ice cream, popcorn and hot dogs (with a limit of six per order).
Monday’s Labor Day live racing program will have a normal first post time of 1 p.m., and Arlington Park will also feature a special family day program on that day that includes pony rides and a petting zoo for the entertainment of Arlington’s younger guests.
“The Pleegs” – a current rock band – will perform in the Park Area Monday, with the first song beginning at post time.
Arlington’s special Labor Day weekend festivities actually begin Friday with old-time rock ‘n’ roll favorites performed by “Johnny Star and the Meteors” at the Miller Lite Party in the Park. First race and first song on that Sept. 1 program will begin at 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Arlington hosts the final Bud Light Summer Bash and BBQ of this summer’s season with rock music performed in the Park Area by “Flashpoint.” The food special that afternoon will be an applewood smoked beef brisket from the grill.
On Sunday, Arlington guests get a chance to put on their dancing shoes as Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, offers the “Hip Hop ConnXion Dance Show” featuring young performers from all over the Chicago area. Show times are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., and between shows the dancers will give instruction in the art of Hip Hop dancing to the audience.
Also this Sunday, Junior Jockey Club members will be able to take a tour of the Arlington barn area and stop by a trainer’s barn to learn about what it takes to train a Thoroughbred. Pre-registration for this event is required on the JJC Hotline (847) 870-6614.
Starting Friday, admission to Trackside Arlington Park will be free. In addition, Trackside guests will be able to enjoy new flat panel HDTV-ready television monitors in newly- remodeled simulcast centers which include individual desk carrels on the second floor and at additional locations throughout the facility.
Customers will also be treated to a new “English Hunt Club” theme in the Trackside restaurant on the first floor.
Also this Friday, Trackside will feature live blues music performed by “Michael Coleman and the Backbreakers” at Trackside’s “Party On The Patio.”
Veteran reinsman Mark Guidry, Arlington’s leading rider in 1992 and 2000, had a riding double Saturday, winning the seventh aboard Edward Sukley’s Miss Laken for trainer Tom Proctor and coming back to take Saturday’s finale on Jay Em Ess Stable’s No Fault for conditioner Paul McGee.
Guidry won this year’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina one year ago.
On Sunday, former Arlington champion Rene Douglas, the only jockey to win four successive riding titles in Arlington history, also had a riding double. Douglas, who won the local crowns from 2001-2004, took Sunday’s opener with Hugh Robertson’s owned and trained If Nine Was Six, and returned to the winner’s circle after Sunday’s sixth astride Frank Calabrese’s I’m Bluffing for Wayne Catalano.
However, also on Sunday, veteran Illinois-based jockey Chris Emigh, Arlington’s current leading rider in a closely contested pursuit of his first local title, celebrated a riding double. Emigh won the second half of Sunday’s Daily Double aboard William Lageman’s Beautiful Racket for trainer Tony Mitchell, and came right back to take the third race with Padua Stable’s Nerve for conditioner Scott Blasi. Nerve paid a $60.40 win mutuel.
Carlos H. Marquez Jr. also rode two winners Sunday, capturing the seventh on Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Kentucky Man, and the ninth on Golden Racing Stables’ Arbuckle Bandit for trainer Mike Stidham.
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