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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/18/07)
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In today's notes:
A guaranteed $50,000 Pick 6 pool will be available once again Saturday at Arlington Park, giving guests one more opportunity to cash a very large payoff from a small investment.
The Pick 6 is a wager in which fans are asked to correctly pick the winners of six straight races on the same ticket and requires a minimal investment of $2.
Arlington’s guaranteed $50,000 Pick 6 pool is available only on Saturdays during this 80th anniversary racing season at the Northwest Chicago oval.
Hugh Robertson and Homewrecker Racing LLC’s Dimple Pinch, full of run when winning her last two starts going three-quarters at Oaklawn Park, should rule the choice when she heads a field of nine fillies and mares in Saturday’s featured $47,700 Fit For A Queen Stakes at six and a half furlongs over Arlington’s Polytrack course.
The highlighted extended sprint serves as the penultimate event of Saturday’s $50,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool that concludes with the 10th and final event of Arlington.
Arlington guests also have the opportunity to watch and wager on a “live” simulcast of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes from Baltimore, Maryland, where 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, owned by Barrington resident Jim Tafel, will attempt to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978. The Preakness will be run between Arlington’s ninth and 10th races.
Dimple Pinch last visited the Arlington winner’s circle a year ago on May 24, and was then beaten less than two lengths when fourth in the Grade III Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap June 17. Four-time Arlington riding champion Rene Douglas will be in the irons Saturday.
At the Moment Stables’ Lady Belsara, a front-running length and a quarter-winner in her last start over Keeneland’s Polytrack course April 19 may be the one to beat. Rafael Mojica Jr. is named to handle the reins.
Completing the Fit For A Queen field is Hunter Valley Farm’s Ten Carat Ruby, Jesse Campbell up; Bob and Nancy Bartels’ Bluesbdancing, Eddie Perez; Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon’s Pretty Jenny, Chris Emigh; Joe Cowles’ Trout River Red, Danush Sukie; Oxbow Racing LLC’s Pooletta, Eddie Razo; Richard Giacopelli’s Countess Scala, James Graham; and Shyman Farm’s Culpeper Moon, Jose Ferrer.
Capable of providing strong competition for the top two is Pretty Jenny, the Christine Janks trainee who won last year’s Fit For A Queen and visited the local winner’s circle again following the Safely Kept Stakes Sept. 4.
Conditioner Greg Geier vaulted into a tie for second in Arlington’s trainer standings by saddling three winners Thursday.
The 50-year-old native of Methuen, Massachusetts, won the opener with Crown’s Way Farm’s Easy Fix, took the fifth with Crown’s Way Farm’s Dappled, and then annexed the featured ninth with Jim Tafel LLC’s Coolwind.
Barrington-based owner Tafel, of course, will remain eligible for a Triple Crown of his own should his Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense take down winning honors in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Jockey Rene Douglas, the only rider in history to win four successive jockey championships at Arlington Park, piloted three winners Thursday to assume his familiar top spot in the jockey standings for the first time this season.
The Panamanian reinsman won Thursday’s fifth race with Crown’s Way Farm’s Dappled, captured the seventh astride Frank Calabrese’s Marimar Light and closed out his afternoon with a victory aboard Richard Shultz’ Lemonlime in the finale.
Veteran Arlington-based jockey Eddie Razo, currently in seventh place among Arlington’s all-time leading riders, enters Friday’s racing program one win shy of the 2,500-win milestone after winning Thursday’s feature aboard Jim Tafel LLC’s Coolwind.
Sunday’s Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald at Arlington Park will feature the McNulty Irish Dance Team, with show times scheduled for 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Irish-born jockey James Graham won Thursday’s first race on his 28th birthday.
Put Arlington Park on your calendar for Memorial Day Weekend. Live Racing Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28. Join us for the excitement!
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Play the $50,000 Guaranteed Pick Six every Saturday at Arlington Park!
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