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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/17/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


An in-depth discussion of the particulars of Arlington Park’s brand new Polytrack racing surface, as well as a brief appearance by Thoroughbred racing handicapper Joe Kristufek, will be among the highlights of Saturday’s “Breakfast at Arlington” program – the first of five such morning entertainment programs offered during Arlington’s 2007 summer racing season.

Racing fans of all ages on hand for Saturday’s “Breakfast at Arlington” program can watch Thoroughbreds go through their morning training regimen while Arlington track announcer John G. Dooley and race analyst Liane Davis host an interesting and informative program covering everything from training horses to track maintenance. Interviews with Arlington jockeys and trainers are also traditionally part of the show.

Gates open Saturday at 7:30 a.m., and a buffet-style breakfast will be served from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Admission to the “Breakfast at Arlington” program is free, and the breakfast buffet is available at $7 for adults and $4 for children.

Additionally, since Saturday is also Preakness Day, with the second leg of the Triple Crown being simulcast “live” from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, the first race from Pimlico’s full-card simulcast program will go the post at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) as Arlington’s breakfast program ends.

Incidentally, although the actual Preakness post time is slated for 5:14 p.m. (CDT) Saturday, advance wagering on the middle leg of the 2007 Triple Crown will be offered Friday at Arlington Park and at all Illinois Trackside OTB locations. Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, owned by Barrington resident Jim Tafel, will attempt to remain eligible to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978 by adding a Preakness win to his Kentucky Derby laurels. The 2007 Triple Crown will conclude with the Grade I Belmont Stakes from New York June 9.

Also, Chicago’s own handicapper Joe Kristufek will make a brief appearance toward the end of Saturday’s “Breakfast at Arlington” program to talk about the Preakness, give an overview of Saturday’s 10-race program at Arlington, and provide additional insightful angles on how to play Arlington’s new Polytrack surface.


Arlington Park will introduce a new interactive handicapping forum Saturday, slated to run from noon to 4 p.m. at Arlington’s Starting Gate Theatre.

Daily Herald handicapper Joe Kristufek – the man who has led all Chicago handicappers in dollars earned for the last seven seasons – will serve as the host of the new handicapping forum and will be assisted by Daily Racing Form’s Chicago handicapper Marcus Hersh.

In addition to their handicapping duties for their respective publications, Kristufek sets the odds for Arlington’s morning-line each race day, while Hersh is increasingly recognized as one of the premier turf writers in the nation.

“We will begin with a pre-race show on Saturday,” said Kristufek of the new “Get In The Game”-type venture, “but we will also offer insights into how insiders – the so-called experts – approach each race in real-time fashion, and how they play these races while analyzing the constantly changing odds and the opportunities available in exotic wagering as each race’s post time draws near.

“I should also emphasize that we want the fans to be participatory in this exercise,” Kristufek added. “We want their questions – and their own opinions – to be part of the forum.

“You could say that this forum would fall under the larger umbrella of a ‘Get In The Game’-type program,” Kristufek concluded, “but I like to use the phrase ‘Arlington Interactive’ to describe the ‘real-time’ nature of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Saturday’s handicapping forum will also be available on Arlington’s closed-circuit television system over Arlington’s Channel 4 – Arlington’s Handicapping Information Channel.


Suppose you live in Chicagoland, want to wager that Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will continue his bid to become the next Triple Crown winner by winning Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, but can’t make it out to Arlington Park or one of Illinois’ Trackside OTB locations on that day. Or maybe you think you have the horse to beat him but are busy Saturday.

No problem. All Illinois Trackside OTB locations will offer advance wagering on the Preakness Friday, as will Arlington Park when its gates open at 11:15 a.m.

Also on tap at Arlington Park Friday is the Miller Lite Party in the Park, featuring the band “Members Only.” First race and first song Friday will be at 3 p.m.

Saturday at Arlington, when the first of 10 live local races goes to the post at 1 p.m., the sounds of the ‘70s will permeate the Park Area when the band “Libido Funk Circus” highlights the Summer Bash & BBQ. The special off the grill will be smoked baby back ribs, and those in attendance can also wager on a “live” simulcast of the Preakness Stakes from Baltimore, Md.

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