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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/6/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Arlington Park guests and Chicagoland Thoroughbred racing fans looking forward to the 25th anniversary edition of the Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 11 have a chance to enjoy a major prep race for Chicago’s showcase race this Saturday when the Grade I Manhattan Handicap is run at Belmont Park shortly before Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
The $400,000 Manhattan Handicap, for 3-year-olds and up, is run at a mile and a quarter on the New York grass. The upcoming Arlington Million – now just 10 weeks away – is run at that same distance over the Chicago oval’s world famous turf course.
Among those being pointed for Saturday’s Manhattan Handicap is Arlington Million nominee English Channel, owned by James Scatuorchio, trained by Todd Pletcher, and fourth in last year’s Arlington Million.
Another 2007 Arlington Million nominee already familiar to Chicago sports fans who is being pointed for the Manhattan is Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut, trained by Patrick Biancone. Cosmonaut was the winner of last year’s Grade III Arlington Handicap before finishing fifth in the 2006 Arlington Million.
Also probable for Saturday’s Manhattan Handicap is Arlington Million nominee Sky Conqueror, owned by William Sorokolit, trained by Darwin Banach, and most recently the hero of Churchill’s Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day.
The silver anniversary Arlington Million, the 18th running of the $750,000 Beverly D. and the 30th renewal of the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes, Chicago’s only three Grade I races conducted an annual basis, will all be contested as part of Arlington Park’s one-day International Festival of Racing on the second Saturday in August. This summer, the 21st running of the $150,000 Sea o’ Erin Mile will also be run that afternoon.
This Saturday, Arlington Park guests on hand for the Northwest Chicago oval’s 10 live races will be able to watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes in New York, as will those attending all Illinois Trackside OTB locations.
Also, on Friday, Arlington guests and racing fans throughout Illinois will be able to make advance wagers on the third and final leg of Thoroughbred Racing’s 2007 Triple Crown – traditionally known as “the Test of Champions.”
Past performances of the contestants in Saturday’s 139th running of the Belmont will be available in Friday’s and Saturday’s Arlington Park programs.
The second of five “Breakfast at Arlington” programs offered this summer at Arlington Park will take place Saturday in advance of Belmont Stakes Day.
Racing fans of all ages on hand for Saturday’s “Breakfast at Arlington” program can watch Thoroughbreds go through their morning training regimen while Arlington track announcer John G. Dooley and race analyst Liane Davis host a program covering everything from training horses to track maintenance. Interviews with Arlington jockeys and trainers are a regular feature on the show.
Also, Chicago’s own handicapper Joe Kristufek will make an appearance toward the end of Saturday’s “Breakfast” to handicap the Belmont Stakes and give an overview of Saturday’s 10-race program at Arlington.
Gates open Saturday at 7:30 a.m., and a buffet-style breakfast will be served from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Admission to the “Breakfast at Arlington” program is free, and the breakfast buffet is available at $7 for adults and $4 for children.
On Friday, the “Miller Lite Party in the Park” at Arlington Park will rock to the music of “Team Rockit,” with first race and first song at 3 p.m., but later in the evening the party continues with the return of “Party on the Patio” at Trackside Arlington Park, when music will be provided by “The Fairlanes ” – a classic rock group.
The eight weeks of the Friday evening programs will continue through July 27.
Leading rider Rene Douglas won four races on Sunday’s program after accomplishing that same feat Saturday. The Panamanian jockey also swept last weekend’s three stakes events.
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