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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/23/07)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

ZAVASH ZEROS IN ON VALUE OF EXPERIENCE

No one is going to accuse trainer Kerry Zavash of age discrimination – especially after he saddled two winners Sunday at Arlington Park.

In Sunday’s eighth race Zavash, 49, brought jockey Randy Meier to within 16 victories of the 4,000 career-win milestone by using that 52-year-old jockey successfully aboard Terry Bruner’s Ally’s Little Sis.

“One of the first things I learned when I came around the race track is that there’s no substitute for experience,” Zavash said.

Earlier Sunday, Zavash employed Earlie Fires, 60, Arlington’s all-time leading rider, when saddling Peacock Stable’s McMurphy for a victory in the sixth race of the afternoon.

Fires, who has visited the Arlington winner’s circle more than 2,800 times, has registered more than 6,200 victories in his lifetime.

Fires is a longtime resident of Palatine and Meier makes his home in Wheaton. The two apparently ageless athletes are close friends as well as the acknowledged deans of Arlington’s jockey colony with a combined total of well over 10,000 career winners.

MEIER MAKING PROGRESS TOWARD 4,000 CAREER WINS

Veteran Arlington Park jockey Randy Meier – with three wins in the last two race days – is now 16 wins shy of the 4,000-career win milestone.

Known primarily for a front-running riding style during his career, Meier used those same tactics to score his initial win of the season in Saturday’s finale astride Sharon Wilson’s True Zeal.

However, when accomplishing a riding double Sunday, Meier switched gears – coming from off the pace to win the eighth aboard Terry Bruner’s Ally’s Little Sis for trainer Kerry Zavash and coming right back to the winner’s circle in the ninth following a late closing run aboard Louie Roussel III’s Saint’s Relic for trainer Lara Van Deren.

“I think I’m finally figuring out the way to ride Polytrack,” Meier said of Sunday’s riding double accomplished by staying away from early speed duels.

LANTZ LIGHTS UP ARLINGTON WITH LONGEST SHOT OF SEASON SUNDAY

One day after scoring his first riding double during the current Arlington Park session, jockey Jesse Lantz lit up the local tote board with an $89.80 win payoff Sunday – largest win price recorded at Arlington this season.

Although far back in the early going of Sunday’s seventh race, Lantz roused Hugh Robertson and Regatta Stables’ Snowblind Friend with a bold stretch run and got up to be best by a length at the wire.

On the previous race day, Lantz used similar tactics to pilot Cheryl Winebaugh’s Stay On to a half-length tally in Saturday’s third event, then came right back with a late run aboard Doug Matthews’ Cane Garden Boy in the fourth.

ANOTHER LARGE PAYOFF POSSIBLE THURSDAY WITH PICK 4 CARRYOVER

For the third time in as many weeks, Arlington’s newly instituted Pick 4 carryover rule will be in effect during Thursday’s Late Pick 4. Arlington’s Late Pick 4, in which fans must correctly select the winners of four straight races on the same ticket, involves Thursday’s seventh through 10th races.

Since there were no perfect tickets on Sunday’s Late Pick 4, those who had three out of four correct received a consolation payoff of $58.40 on a $1 ticket.

With a carryover of $12,235 already in the pool, Thursday’s Late Pick 4 pool is estimated to reach $30,000. Last Thursday, with a carryover pool of $9,100 into that day’s Early Pick 4, the total pool swelled to more than $30,000.

First post on Thursday at Arlington Park is 1 p.m. (CDT). Post time for Thursday’s seventh race, the first leg of the Late Pick 4, is scheduled for 3:55 p.m.

TRAINER PLETCHER, JOCKEY DOUGLAS KEEP WINNING AT ARLINGTON

Todd Pletcher, the nation’s Eclipse Award winning conditioner for the last three years, is keeping a division of his stable at Arlington Park for the first time this season, and the talented trainer moved into a tie for second in Arlington trainer standings with two trips to the winner’s circle Sunday.

Jockey Rene Douglas, four-time local riding champ, rode three winners Sunday to move five wins in front of Chris Emigh in this season’s jockey standings.

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