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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/9/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


With only four horses in her barn – none of which cost her more than $1,000 – trainer Cheryl Kolbrick had not saddled a winner since Zagor’s War scored on her birthday of 2006, just over at year ago.

Coincidentally, last Friday’s opening day program at Arlington Park was Kolbrick’s father’s 85th birthday, and his only wish was that she would bring him another winner’s circle photo with one of the horses in her care.

Surprisingly, it was Zagor’s War who came through once again for the hardworking conditioner who makes her home in Waukegan. The 7-year-old gelding owned by Jerry Pinkowski led every step of the way in Friday’s last race to win by four and a quarter lengths, allowing Kolbrick the opportunity to present her dad with another win photo.

Zagor’s War, ridden by Randall Toups, returned a win mutuel of $87.20 for a $2 wager – the largest win payoff posted during Arlington’s opening weekend.

“He (Zagor’s War) ran some good races on the grass last year,” said Kolbrick of the upset win, “and they say that grass horses like Polytrack (Arlington’s new state-of-the-art synthetic racing surface.) We figured we’d try him on it. Naturally, his win was a pleasant surprise. This is an up and down business, but the wins make up for all the down times. I love to win a race. There’s just nothing quite like it.”

Kolbrick, incidentally, began her training career in 1978, and among her earliest owners was Buddy Ryan during the years he coached the defense of the Chicago Bears.

“Buddy and his wife Joan were really nice people all the time they were with me,” recalled Kolbrick of her former client. “When the 1985 Bears won the Super Bowl, those were fun times for all of us.”


Arlington Park guests are quite likely to have the opportunity to cash in on another large payoff when racing resumes Thursday at the Northwest Chicago oval, as Arlington’s newly instituted Pick 4 carryover rule comes into effect for the first time this season.

There is a $9,116.40 carryover into Thursday’s Early Pick 4 pool, and with that much already in the pool, Thursday’s Early Pick 4 pool is estimated to reach $25,000.

Since there were no perfect tickets on Sunday’s Early Pick 4, those who had three out of four correct winners received a consolation payoff of $70.30 on a $1 ticket.

Arlington’s Early Pick 4 covers races 2 through 5. First post on Thursday is 1 p.m. (CDT). Post time for the day’s second race, the first leg of the Early Pick 4, is scheduled for 1:28 p.m.


Arlington Park’s defending jockey champion Chris Emigh and veteran Arlington-based trainer Mike Stidham emerged as the new leaders of their respective divisions after teaming up to capture last Sunday’s Late Double in suburban Chicago.

Jacob Haddad’s Cat Hop came from off the pace to capture last Sunday’s ninth race by two lengths and Werthheimer and Frère’s El Indy used similar tactics to tally in the finale by one. The 3-9 Late Double combination returned $35.60.

The Emigh/Stidham duo teamed up successfully four times through Arlington Park’s opening weekend, while jockey Eddie Razo and conditioner Chris Block visited the winner’s circle twice as a tandem. Razo and Block are also both in second position in their respective standings – one win off the pace of Emigh and Stidham.


Arlington Park’s traditional Mother’s Day festivities this Sunday will be garnished with a free Rio Rose apiece to the first 15,000 ladies in attendance.

Mother’s Day weekend actually begins Friday when the rock band “Broken Hip” headlines the Miller Lite Party in the Park with first race and first song beginning at 3 p.m.

On Saturday the rock and R&B band Brother John entertains in the Park Area during Arlington’s Summer Bash & BBQ with first race and first song at 1 p.m. Saturday’s BBQ food special is an applewood-smoked beef brisket from the grill.

Sunday’s Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, features Bill Hoffman’s “Exotic Animal Show” with show times at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., as well as an organ grinder and monkey roaming through the Park Area.

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