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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/15/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
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One of the highlights of Sunday’s Father’s Day program at Arlington Park is the return of the innovative “Jockey Challenge Wager” – allowing fans the opportunity to support their favorite riders for fun and potential profit.
Introduced at Arlington this season on the Memorial Day program, the “Jockey Challenge” is a $2 wager that involves selecting the jockey that will accumulate the highest total win payouts during the fourth through ninth races on Sunday’s Father’s Day program.
Winning jockeys in each of those races receive points equal to the $2 on-track win payoff on their mount in that race. Twelve Arlington riders have been named as betting interests for Sunday’s “Jockey Challenge,” with a 13th wagering interest designated as “All Other Jockeys.”
Sunday’s 12 designated jockeys, in the order in which they will appear on the wagering page, are Jesse Campbell, Rene Douglas, Chris Emigh, Jose Ferrer, James Graham, Jesse Lantz, Uriel Lopez, Randy Meier, Israel Ocampo, Eusebio Razo Jr., Carlos Silva and Larry Sterling Jr., with the outside #13 designation reserved for “all other jockeys.”
Jockeys do not have to have a mount in all six designated races, and 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, $4.40 and $8 (a total of $15.40) but Chris Emigh rides two for $10.20 and $9.60 (a total of $19.80) – Emigh is the winning ticket.
Members of Arlington Park’s Junior Jockey Club get a chance to craft their own special placemats as a gift for their Dads during Sunday’s Father’s Day program at Arlington Park.
Also during Sunday’s Pepsi Family Day program, presented by the Daily Herald, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, face painters and live rock music by “The Kimi Hayes Band.”
On Saturday, during Arlington Park’s Summer Bash & BBQ, classic rock music will be provided the band “Mr. Brown.” The food special – a skirt steak sandwich with grilled onions.
A guaranteed $50,000 Pick 6 pool will be available once again Saturday at Arlington Park on the fifth through 10th races.
The Pick 6 is a wager in which fans are asked to correctly pick the winners of six straight races on the same ticket and requires a minimal investment of $2.
Four significant American prep races exactly eight weeks prior to Arlington Park’s upcoming International Festival of Racing take place Saturday in Kentucky and Virginia, and guests at Arlington and all Illinois Trackside OTB outlets can wager on all four events.
As always, the Grade I Arlington Million is the centerpiece event of the International Festival at Chicago’s premier oval Aug. 11, but the 18th running of the Grade I Beverly D., for fillies and mares, and the 30th renewal of the Grade I Secretariat Stakes for sophomores will also be contested on that day.
In Kentucky Saturday, Churchill Downs hosts the Grade III Early Times Mint Julep Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass, while in Virginia at Colonial Downs the Grade III All Along Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth on turf is scheduled. Both serve as excellent Beverly D. previews.
Prep races for Arlington’s Secretariat Stakes go to the post Saturday during Churchill’s Grade II Jefferson Cup at nine furlongs over the Louisville lawn, while the Grade III Colonial Turf Cup at a mile and three-sixteenths is also on the Virginia program.
Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, Arlington’s all-time leading rider rode the aptly-named Heckofanactofollow, owned by Peacock Stable and trained by Kerry Zavash, to a $100.40 win mutuel in Thursday’s finale to register the second highest win payoff at the meeting.
Earlier in the season, Fires posted the highest win price of the season when he rode Robert Yagos’ Spotsgone, trained by brother “Jinks” Fires, to victory in the Grade III Hanshin Cup for a win price of $165.
Arlington Park’s leading jockey Rene Douglas won Thursday’s second, third and fourth races, while defending Eclipse Award champion trainer Todd Pletcher was credited with two wins Thursday at Arlington.
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