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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/16/07)
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Who wouldn’t welcome an extra $100 in their pocket?
That’s approximately what the Arlington Park racing fans who correctly selected the winners of last Thursday’s early Pick 4 were awarded thanks to Arlington Park’s newly instituted Pick 4 carryover rule. This Thursday, a similar scenario – or an even better one – could leave fans with even more handsome additional profits!
Last week, when no one correctly picked the winners of all four races in the previous race day’s early Pick 4, a $9,116 carryover was available. Consequently, last Thursday’s early Pick 4 pool swelled significantly to $30,000, allowing Thursday’s winners a payoff of $247.10 based on a $1 wager. Without that carryover available, the same ticket would have been worth $158.
This Thursday, there will be a similar carryover of $9,101 available on the early Pick 4 – a $1 wager in which fans must pick the winners of Thursday’s second through fifth races on the same ticket. Thursday’s early Pick 4 carryover pool is estimated to grow to at least $25,000.
First post at Arlington 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 conditioner Scott Mullins, a longtime assistant to his stepfather Ron Goodridge and more recently an understudy for Arlington trainer champion Wayne Catalano, saddled his first career winner as a head trainer during last Sunday’s traditionally festive Mother’s Day program at Arlington Park.
Born in Colorado but raised in Louisiana, Mullins, 43, has been a regular on Arlington’s backstretch since he began working for his stepfather more than two decades ago.
Veteran Arlington conditioner Goodridge is known primarily for saddling Bowline and Cohrs’ Brother Brown to win the Grade II Washington Park Handicap in 1994, well after Mullins began working in his barn.
“He’s my step dad but I’ve always called him ‘Dad’,” said Mullins of Goodridge on Monday, one day after posing in the winner’s circle with Orion Stables’ Splashofscarlet, ridden by Rafael Mojica Jr., in Sunday’s fifth race.
“I guess becoming a head trainer is everyone’s goal eventually,” said Mullins, who now has 30 horses in his care. “I’m not much of a person for wanting my name out front, and I didn’t mind stepping behind Dad all those years, but we didn’t know Dad would last this long. We thought he’d retire by now.
“When the opportunity to work for Wayne (Arlington’s leading trainer four of the last five years) came along, Dad didn’t stand in the way and I appreciate that,” said Mullins. “I was working for Wayne when Dreaming of Anna (Frank Calabrese’s 2006 Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner) arrived from the farm, so I was with her from Day One last year.”
How did it feel, posing in the winner’s circle for the first time as the head trainer?
“You know, it was more exciting than I expected,” Mullins said. “Actually, I was kind of ‘jittery.’ That’s probably the best word for it. It was a big thrill to win that race in front of such a huge crowd (30,405) on Mother’s Day.”
Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, heroine of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, breezed a half mile Wednesday morning at Arlington Park in :47.80, and then galloped out the five-eighths distance in 1:01.
The daughter of noted turf sire Rahy finished sixth in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at last asking May 4 and may be returned to the grass for her next outing.
Dreaming of Anna’s turf career includes victories in Colonial Downs’ $60,000 Tippett Stakes last July and Woodbine’s Grade III Summer Stakes last September, as well as a runner-up finish when beaten a half in Gulfstream Park’s $76,000 Gaily Gaily Stakes Feb. 25.
Defending Grade I Arlington Million champion The Tin Man, owned by Ralph and Aury Todd, worked a mile in 1:38.80 at Hollywood Park Tuesday.
Gestut Park Wiedingen’s Soldier Hollow, two and a quarter lengths behind The Tin Man when third in the 2006 Million, finished third in Italy’s Group I Premio Presidente Della Repubblica in Rome last Sunday.
This summer’s 25th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million will be run Aug. 11.
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