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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/11/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Silverton Hill LLC’s Dominican, who beat eventual Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense in the Keeneland’s Grade I Blue Grass Stakes last spring and then lost all chance in the Run for the Roses when the victim of bad racing luck, will make his long anticipated return to competition in Saturday’s $100,000 Round Table Stakes at Arlington Park.
However, Round Table weekend festivities at Arlington actually begin with Friday’s Miller Lite Party in the Park during the twilight racing program, when the Beatles tribute band British Export will entertain in the Park Area on an afternoon that will also include an appearance by WXRT’s midday personality Terri Hemmert. First race and first song will begin at 3 p.m.
Later Friday evening, shortly after the last race of the day, more great rock music will emit from the suburban Chicago oval’s grounds when the band “A Kangaroo Court” will play at Trackside Arlington Park.
On Saturday, in addition to the obvious attraction of Dominican in the Round Table, the Summer Bash and BBQ in the Park Area will feature a food special of smoked baby back ribs and Latin-flavored rock music from band “Rico.” First race and first song will be at 1 p.m.
On Sunday, during Pepsi Family Day presented by the Daily Herald, Arlington Park’s younger guests can enjoy “Fun with Science” – a program in which special guest Steve Belliveau will combine magic, humor, music and audience participation into shows that bring basic scientific ideas down to Earth.
Again this Friday, Arlington Park will offer a guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool of $25,000 in the wager that asks fans to pick the winners of Friday’s seventh through 10th races on the same ticket.
Also once again this Saturday, Arlington Park will offer a guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool of $50,000 available for distribution among those who correctly pick the winners of Saturday’s seventh through 10th races on the same ticket.
The minimum Pick 4 wager is $1.
Friday the Thirteenth’s Late Pick 4 coincides with the 11th anniversary date of Cigar’s victory in the $1 million Arlington Citation Challenge, a race which allowed the late Allen Paulson’s horse to tie Citation’s record of 16 consecutive victories.
Coincidentally, Saturday’s Late Pick 4 coincides with the 56th anniversary of Citation’s last career start, when the Calumet Farm color bearer won the Hollywood Gold Cup by four lengths to become Thoroughbred racing’s first millionaire.
Ron Armstrong’s Humor At Last, older full brother to 2005 Illinois Horse of the Year Original Spin, came out of Saturday’s $82,550 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day in good order, according to trainer Tony Mitchell.
Humor At Last had been away from competition for more than a year and a half, and had not won a race since capturing Fairmount’s $40,000 Tex’s Zing Stakes almost two years ago. The son of Distorted Humor finished fifth beaten seven and a half lengths in the White Oak.
“He had a rough trip,” said Mitchell of Saturday’s aborted try in the White Oak. “He came back fine, but we didn’t learn very much. By the time he got clear, the others had got the jump on him, and he also blew a front shoe in the race.
“They ran the White Oak in :10 and change,” concluded Mitchell, “and he’d been breezing in :12, so I like to think he could have been competitive with a clear trip. They way things turned out, we just don’t know where we are with him.”
Arlington Park will offer handicappers from throughout the Midwest and nationwide one more chance to qualify for one of three berths into the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship to be held in Las Vegas in January of 2008.
Team Arlington Park berths will be awarded at a qualifying tournament to be held at the track on Saturday, Sept. 8. Registration for the contest costs $175 and can be completed online at https://www.arlingtonparkevents.com/tickets.
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