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Sunday’s traditional Mother’s Day extravaganza at Arlington Park includes a free Rio Rose to the first 15,000 ladies through the gates, and surely Arlington Park trainer Mary Zimmerman is worthy of one of them.
Jockey Ramsey Zimmerman, her youngest son and a rider familiar to Arlington guests in previous seasons, rode the 1,000th winner of his career last Sunday by rallying Spend a Web to a neck victory at Lone Star Park.
Among the more recent graded stakes wins by the 25-year-old reinsman was a victory aboard Arlington-based Cloudy’s Knight, owned by the S J Stables LLC, in the Grade III Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup Handicap Feb. 10. Zimmerman also finished second to Chris Emigh, Arlington’s defending jockey champion, in last fall’s Hawthorne standings and won the Grade III Hawthorne Derby with Carolyn Friedberg’s Minor Wisdom in 1999.
Trainer Zimmerman’s older son Rylee, 29, is currently a steeplechase jockey based in South Carolina. Her daughter Rachel Larratt, 27, drives a Lotus on the road rally racing circuit.
“Maybe they can all give up their careers in the near future,” said the conditioner, speaking as a worried mother concerned about her progeny’s three separate dangerous avocations. “Actually, Ramsey’s profession is probably the tamest of the three.”
Veteran Arlington Park trainer Liane Davis is now better known as a television personality as she enters her second season as Arlington’s between-races paddock anchorperson on the Chicago oval’s closed circuit system.
However, she is also a working mother, and easily a deserving recipient of one of the 15,000 free Rio Roses that Arlington will give way during Sunday’s Mother’s Day program.
Megan Davis, now serving as an Arlington Park Redcoat and soon to be a graduate of Lake Park High School, is the trainer’s daughter. Will she follow her mother into the Thoroughbred racing industry?
“I don’t think so,” said the 18-year-old Ms. Davis. “I’ve seen how hard my parents work, and I think I’d rather go into business and work in marketing, sales, or promotions.
“I love horses, and I’ve been around them all my life,” she added. “I think, at least in my mother’s barn, my all-time favorite is Chartwell. He had a personality about him that was awesome. Also, my mother has a picture of me feeding (1990 Kentucky Derby winner) Unbridled a carrot when I was about 19 months old, but, of course, I don’t remember that.”
Unbridled’s trainer, Carl Nafzger, returned to the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle successfully for a second time last weekend when Barrington-based owner Jim Tafel LLC’s Street Sense won the 133rd Run for the Roses.
Arlington Park’s new Pick 4 carryover rule, in effect for the first time Thursday, allowed Thursday’s early Pick 4 winners almost a C-Note in additional profits.
With a $9,116 carryover available Thursday after no one correctly picked the winners of all four races involved from Sunday’s early Pick 4, the pool swelled significantly, and those who correctly picked the winners of Thursday’s second through fifth races on the same ticket were awarded $247.10 based on a $1 wager. Without the carryover available from Sunday, the same ticket would have been worth $158.
Thursday’s early Pick 4 began when Wexler Racing Stables Inc.’s Playhurt ($7.40) won the second race, continued with Gordon Bredeson’s Heza Gamer ($4.40) in the third, was followed by Donato Racing Stable LLC’s Angel’s Are Due ($5.40) in the fourth, and concluded with Silver Mound Stable’s Purple Jade ($19) in the fifth.
Jockey Israel Ocampo, riding for the first time at Arlington Park this season after winning the recent riding championship on Chicago’s Southside, visited the winner’s circle three times on Thursday’s Arlington program.
Born in Mexico City in 1986, Ocampo took Thursday’s opener with John Haran’s Shanees for trainer Jeff Jones, returned to the winner’s circle in the fourth astride Donato Racing Stables LLC’s Angel’s Are Due for trainer Tommy Tomillo, and came right back to the winner’s circle in the fifth aboard Silver Mound Stable’s Purple Jade for conditioner Frank Kirby.
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