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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/18/07)
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In today's notes:
Arlington Park’s Million Preview Day this Saturday – three weeks in advance of this summer’s Arlington Million Aug. 11 – will be topped off by an official 2007 Arlington Million Hat Giveaway available to the first 5,000 paid admissions to the program that includes three graded stakes races.
The baseball cap will feature the 25th anniversary Arlington Million logo, designed by Hoffman York, and incorporates the traditional globe and running horse theme.
“The Arlington Million 25th anniversary logo celebrates the most historic international turf race in the United States,” said Arlington Park president Roy Arnold. “The Million has been the showcase for some of the greatest horses, owners, trainers and jockeys ever to compete in racing.”
Handicappers Joe Kristufek and Marcus Hersh will conduct a day-long realtime handicapping seminar on Saturday in conjunction with Million Preview Day – second biggest racing day of Arlington Park’s 2007 season.
The seminar, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., will be conducted near the Park Area – weather permitting. Kristufek, Arlington Park’s oddsmaker as well as handicapper for the Daily Herald, and Hersch, handicapper and turf writer for Daily Racing Form, will take an in-depth look at Saturday’s program on a race-by-race basis.
Included in their Saturday seminar will be the three graded stakes that make up the afternoon’s highlights: the Grade III Arlington Handicap as a Grade I Arlington Million preview; the Grade III Modesty Handicap as a prep for the Grade I Beverly D.; and the Grade II American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s, as the middle leg of Arlington’s Mid-America Triple that will conclude with the Grade I Secretariat.
However, the two handicapppers will also help guests construct tickets for all of Saturday’s races and offer handicapping tips throughout their four-hour session.
In the Park Area at Arlington this Sunday, Chicago’s suburban Thoroughbred oval will host its sixth annual “Fiesta In The Park.”
Fiesta In The Park is a Latino style family event in recognition of what the Latino community contributes to Thoroughbred racing at Arlington Park, and the atmosphere will be seasoned with traditional Latin American food, family entertainment and Latin American music.
The musical entertainment will feature performances by Mariachi Los Palmeros, Mariachi Perla de Mexico, Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyoti and the William Gomez con Cache Orquestra.
Other Fiesta highlights will include a photo signing by members of the Arlington Park jockey colony, face painting available to Arlington’s younger guests by “Just Face It,” and a radio remote from noon to 2 p.m. from La Rey Radio.
Friday’s Miller Lite Party In The Park at Arlington Park will feature great music from the ‘80s and ‘90s by the band “Spoken Four” – with first race and first song at 3 pm. Later Friday evening, right after Arlington’s last live race, great R&B music will be provided by “The Amoreys” during Arlington Park Trackside’s “Party On The Patio.”
On Saturday in the Park Area, the U2 tribute band “Elevation” will headline the “Summer Bash and BBQ”, with first race and first song beginning at 1 pm. The special from the grill will be a slow-smoked pulled BBQ pork sandwich.
Jockey Jesus Lopez Castanon introduced himself to the Arlington winner’s circle this season by riding Everest Stables Inc.’s Stand Tall to victory in the second race July 15 for trainer Michael Tomlinson, and was then quickly reacquainted with that area after the fifth race when he guided Majestic Farms LLC’s Creative Control to a win for trainer Richard Scherer.
Veteran Arlington Park reinsman Randy Meier inched to within 11 wins of his 4,000 career victory milestone last week by winning Thursday’s second race with Spencer Dugan’s Shipmate for trainer Gary Delong, and Friday’s sixth astride Jerry Pinkowski’s Zagor’s War for conditioner Cheryl Kolbrick.
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