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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/20/07)
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American flags already adorn Arlington Park’s infield in advance of Arlington’s Medal of Honor Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
As the recognized stage for international Thoroughbred racing in the United States every August at Arlington Million time, Arlington Park guests are accustomed to observing the flags of nations throughout the world on top of its infield tote board, but there are some notable exceptions. This weekend will be one of them.
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States, and on Saturday, a group of 25 living Medal of Honor recipients will be in attendance at Chicago’s Northwest suburban oval.
As Arlington’s special guests for the afternoon, these American heroes will be honored between Saturday’s third and fourth races with a special winner’s circle presentation featuring the United States Marine Corps Color Guard.
Later that evening, Arlington Park will host “In the Company of Heroes” – a fundraising dinner to honor those recipients. Local news anchor Bob Sirott will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are available for $1,000/seat and $10,000/table, and proceeds will go to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
Recognition of all who serve in the United States military begins Friday, when anyone with a military I.D. – along with three guests – can receive free admission to Arlington Park. In addition the military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary will host a free hiring event for job seekers who have military backgrounds.
During Friday’s twilight racing programs, first post time is a 3 p.m., but the military career fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also on Saturday, Arlington guests can get an up-close view of military equipment static displays which will include two CH-46E Helicopters, two High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) and one Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) – 7-ton truck.
On Sunday, in conjunction with the Marine Corps, Arlington Park will host a “Toys for Tots” Drive with free admission for adults who donate an unused toy to the drive.
Civilian-styled entertainment for Arlington’s guests this weekend begins with the rock music of “J. P. & the Cats” during Friday’s Miller Lite Party in the Park.
Later that evening, “Strawberry Fields Forever” a tribute band that features the music of John Lennon, will be featured during Party on the Patio at Trackside Arlington Park shortly after the last live race of the day.
On Saturday in the Park Area at Arlington Park, the classic rock band “215 West” will play during the Summer Bash & BBQ, when first race and first song begin at 1 p.m. The food special will be Italian sausage.
On Sunday Arlington guests can celebrate “Christmas in June” during Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, when special guest master magician Mike Mauthie will host his traditional Christmas Magic Show. Santa Claus will lead the children on a “Peppermint Stick” parade that includes Yuletide costuming and props.
For four of the last six seasons, Arlington Park has led the nation in on-track attendance during Father’s Day, and last Sunday, Chicago’s suburban oval once again attracted a huge holiday crowd of 23,884 to celebrate “Dad’s Day.”
During Sunday’s races, leading jockey Rene Douglas completed a sweep of multi-win days throughout the week, conditioner Hugh Robertson had a training double after accomplishing that same feat Saturday, and trainer Ronny Werner completed a race week in which he was credited with a winner each day.
Robertson’s back-to-back training doubles featured back-to-back wins both Saturday and Sunday, while Werner’s four-day winning streak was highlighted by Storm Rolling In’s nose victory in Sunday’s $46,650 Your Ladyship Stakes.
Storm Rolling In was ridden by Jesse Campbell, who cemented his victory in Sunday’s “Jockey Challenge Wager” with Storm Rolling In’s $22.40 win mutuel.
Campbell, currently third in Arlington’s jockey standings behind Douglas and defending jockey champion Chris Emigh, returned a win mutuel of $21.80 as the winner of Sunday’s jockey challenge.
Arlington’s new Jockey Challenge Wager will return for a third time during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday racing program.
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