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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/24/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


The first of only two Monday racing programs during Arlington Park’s 2007 meeting occurs this extended weekend as Chicago’s Northwest suburban oval celebrates the Memorial Day holiday with four straight days of racing and festivities.

However, also scheduled for the upcoming rare racing Monday at Arlington Park is the introduction of Arlington’s newest innovative bet – the Jockey Challenge wager.

The “Jockey Challenge” – a $2 wager – involves selecting the jockey that will accumulate the highest total win payouts during Monday’s fourth through ninth races.

Winning jockeys in each of those races receive points equal to the $2 on-track win payoff on their mount in that race. Jockeys do not have to have a mount in all six races. The number of winning races by any one rider is secondary to the total of the winning payoffs.

For example, if Rene Douglas rides three winners paying $3, $4.60 and $8 (a total of $15.60) but Chris Emigh rides two for $10.20 and $9.60 (a total of $19.80) – Emigh is the winning ticket.

Eight specific Arlington Park jockeys will be designated May 25 as participants in the wager, and a ninth choice available will be designated as “all others.”


Arlington’s Memorial Day weekend activities get underway Friday with a twilight-racing program that gives guests the chance to kick off the extended holiday with a blues festival.

Hosted by WXRT’s Tom Marker, Friday’s Miller Lite Party In the Park will feature live music provided by the Matthew Skoller Band, with their first song and Friday’s first race beginning at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, during Arlington’s “Summer Bash & BBQ,” the holiday weekend continues with a “come-to-the-islands” theme and the Caribbean music of “rhumbuzzz” – featuring Arlington bugler Bonny Brown as the leader of the band. First race and first song Saturday will begin at 1 p.m. The food special that day will be a slow-smoked pulled pork sandwich.

Saturday also is highlighted by the first graded stakes race of Arlington’s 2007 season – the 55th running of the Grade III Hanshin Cup. The one-mile handicap for 3-year-olds and up offers a purse of $100,000. The race also serves as an exchange race between Arlington Park and the Japan Racing Association for the 13th consecutive year.

Also on Saturday, Arlington Park will host a Community Appreciation Day for the Village of Palatine, the community immediately adjacent to the suburban Chicago oval.

Mayor Rita Mullins of the Village of Palatine will present the trophy in the winner’s circle to the winning connections of the undercard feature – the second race of Arlington’s Turf Starter Series to be continued throughout the season.

Palatine residents are eligible for two free admissions passes good on any day during the Memorial Day weekend, and various municipal agencies in Palatine will be represented.

During Sunday’s Pepsi Family Day at Arlington, Family Sports Day includes a family long jump, a family slalom and other fun Olympic-themed sports.

Another featured attraction Sunday is “Rope Warrior” starring Guinness world record holder Dave Fisher and his Ropenastics show that mesmerizes audiences of all ages. Show times for the Ropenastics show will be at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

On Memorial Day Monday – in addition to the introduction of the “Jockey Challenge Wager” – the holiday has been designated as an additional Family Fun Day in the Park Area, featuring pony rides, face painters and a petting zoo, with those under age 17 admitted free.

Live music Monday in the Park Area will be provided by “Catfight” – Chicagoland’s hottest all-girl rock band. First race and first song will be at 1 p.m.


Ralph and Aury Todd’s The Tin Man, defending champion in the Grade I Arlington Million, remains eligible to be the first horse in history to win the Arlington Million two years in a row.

Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, The Tin Man worked a mile in 1:38.20 at Hollywood Park earlier this week in preparation for Hollywood’s Grade I Shoemaker Breeders’ Cup Mile on Memorial Day.

The 25th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million will be run Aug. 11 as part of Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing.

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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