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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/2/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Like energizing boosts from a vitamin supplement, Arlington Park’s newly instituted Pick 4 carryover pool profits keep progressing in bonus cash value.
For those who have correctly picked four straight winners following any of Arlington’s five Pick 4 carryover pools offered through Friday’s races, there have been additional dollars in their payoffs, and coincidentally, those bonus profits have increased in each of the five affected pools.
When Arlington’s new carryover rule was invoked for the first time this season May 10, a Pick 4 payoff that would have paid $158 resulted in an actual payoff of $247 due to the extra money in the pool. In other words: $89 worth of extra profit.
One week later, when the Pick 4 carryover was available May 17, the extra profit swelled to $171, and a week after that on May 24, the extra profit increased once again to $266. A day after that, another carryover pool became available to the public, and this time the extra profit to the successful was $327.
Most recently, during Friday’s races, a Pick 4 carryover pool available resulted in the biggest bonus cash reward to date. A Pick 4 wager that would have paid $2,795 ballooned to an actual payoff of $3,507 – an additional bonus profit of $711.
Pick 4 carryover pools are offered when no one has correctly picked four straight winners on the same ticket during the previous race day’s corresponding Pick 4 pool.
Wertheimer and Frère’s Tiganello, a Group III stakes winner in his native Germany two years ago and Group III stakes placed in France after that, continues his American campaign when he visits Chicago to head a field of six in Sunday’s Arlington Park feature – the grassy Mister Gus Stakes at one mile.
The eight-furlong affair over Arlington’s internationally renowned lawn will have a gross value of $46,800 if the field remains intact, with a $28,080 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
In his most recent trip to the post April 7 at Keeneland, Tiganello was victimized by a tardy start in a nine-furlong turf test and finished fifth. Before that, however, the 6-year-old Acatenango gelding was beaten less than three lengths after being forced wide in Gulfstream’s Grade III Appleton Handicap March 4.
Eclipse Award winning conditioner Todd Pletcher, campaigning a string at Arlington Park for the first time this summer, is Tiganello’s trainer. The German-bred will be ridden by Arlington’s four-time jockey champion Rene Douglas Sunday.
Nancy Vanier & Charles Nuckols Jr.’s Come On Jazz, who finished second by a head in last summer’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders’ Cup Turf, may be the one to beat. Following that 12-furlong test, Come On Jazz cut back to the one-mile distance for his next start and finished third beaten a length in the Grade III Carey Memorial Handicap on Chicago’s Southside. The 6-year-old entire son of Jambalaya Jazz was fourth in last summer’s $42,500 Mister Gus here, beaten three and a quarter lengths for all of it after improving position steadily.
Brian Williamson trains Come On Jazz, who will be ridden by Arlington’s defending jockey champion Chris Emigh in the Mister Gus. In his last start, the Kentucky-bred Come On Jazz was fifth in an allowance race at Churchill Downs Nov. 10.
Completing the field for the Mister Gus is Windmill Manor Farm’s Indy, James Graham up; Marc Goldish and Savoy Stable’s Prosico, Eddie Perez aboard; Ken Meeker and Carson Springs Farm’s Fifteen Rounds, Carlos Silva astride; and Dolphus Morrison’s Rapid Proof, Larry Sterling Jr. named to handle the reins.
Defending Arlington Park jockey champion Chris Emigh had a riding triple Friday to pull within three victories of current leading rider Rene Douglas – the only jockey in Arlington history to win four successive riding titles.
Emigh’s Friday threesome began with a win aboard Vinery Stables’ American Prize in the opener, continued with a tally on John and Iveta Kerber’s View of Roses in the fifth, and concluded with a victory astride Barbara Hunter’s Slickenside in the seventh race.
Douglas countered with a win aboard Nancy Vanier and G.O.B. Racing Stable’s Ric Rac in the eighth race.
Arlington’s two current leaders continue their contest Saturday when both riders are matched against each other in the first, third, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th races.
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