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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/25/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
The “Jig” was up in Arlington Park’s winner’s circle following the Chicago oval’s last race Thursday. Appropriately enough – it was an Irish Jig.
Jockey James Graham, born and raised in Ireland before coming to this country four years ago, had just won his sixth race of the afternoon – completing the largest multi-win day registered at Arlington in the last four years – and it was time to celebrate.
Following Thursday’s final tally astride General Sherman (owned and trained by Irish-born David Hanley), Graham was being interviewed by Arlington television’s former jockey Zoe Cadman when sound engineer Henry Bauman suddenly interjected some lively Celtic music over the public address system to flavor the interview.
Michael Flatley, beware! The two European athletes (Cadman was born in South Africa but raised in England) quickly linked arms and broke into an impromptu but surprisingly “in-sync” Irish Jig.
Interestingly, it was almost exactly a year ago (May 27, 2006) at Arlington Park when Graham rode five winners on a single program, doubling his win total to 10 in the initial days of that meeting. With Thursday’s winning six-pack, Graham doubled his total this season to 12 and moved into the second spot in the 2007 jockey standings.
Also, it was almost exactly 20 years ago (May 25, 1987) that Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires – Arlington’s all-time leading rider – rode seven winners on an Arlington program.
Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael, most recently runner-up in Keeneland’s Grade II Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup Stakes April 14 and also a close second in Belmont’s Grade II Peter Pan a year ago, is the morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade III Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park.
Edward Sukley’s Purim, winner of Arlington’s inaugural Illinois Owners Stakes last year as well as the Grade III Arlington Classic two years ago, is the second choice in Saturday’s Hanshin morning line, and Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.’s Gouldings Green, defending champion from last year’s Hanshin, will shoulder the top impost of 120 pounds Saturday based on his score in last fall’s Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship.
That leaves Stan Fulton’s Buddy Got Even, a nose the best in Arlington’s $47,550 Timeless Native Stakes May 5 as something of an outsider on Saturday.
That’s due in a large part to Buddy Got Even’s previous start – an unimpressive sixth when beaten six lengths in the Commonwealth BC.
“He had a terrible trip in that race,” said Buddy Got Even’s trainer Becky Maker of the disappointing April outing in Lexington. “He got off bad, made a run, got stopped, made another run and got stopped again. But he’s been doing well since that last start (Timeless Native) and I expect him to run well Saturday.
“The owner (Stan Fulton) is a delight to train for,” said Maker. “He’s been very good for me and my career and I appreciate that. He’s also realistic with his horses about where they should run. He’s the owner of Sunland Park racetrack in New Mexico, so you know that he’s in this game to stay.”
Fulton, 76, born in Cumberland, Maryland, was an entrepreneur who was most successful with his company Anchor Gaming. That company merged with Powerhouse Technologies and Fulton semi-retired from the new company with a package that included ownership of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Fulton also had his silks represented in the Kentucky Derby won by Barbaro last year, although his colt A. P. Warrior, trained by John Shirreffs, was unplaced.
Arlington Park’s new Pick 4 carryover rule resulted in its largest extra profit to date when an additional $266 was paid out to those who correctly picked the winners of Thursday’s last four races on the same ticket.
With a carryover of more than $12,000 already in Thursday’s Late Pick 4 pool as an appetizer, racing fans added more than $51,000 to the pool prior to Thursday’s seventh race, first leg of the Late Pick 4.
As a result, those who correctly picked the winners of the seventh through the 10th races Thursday on the same ticket were rewarded with a payoff of $1,107. The same four winners would have paid $841 without the carryover as an added incentive.
A guaranteed $50,000 Pick 6 pool will be available once again Saturday at Arlington Park, giving guests another opportunity to cash a very large payoff from a small investment.
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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