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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/2/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Talented veteran jockey Francisco Torres, who battled Chris Emigh for Arlington’s leading rider honors throughout last season and proved easily second best in the final standings, has returned to Chicago’s suburban oval in recent days and is named to ride four horses on Saturday’s program.
“I’m very happy to be back,” said Torres, who grew up in Chicago and has extensive family ties locally.
Torres also made his debut as an actor recently, playing the role of Hall of Fame jockey Braulio Baeza in a made-for-television movie about the legendary Hall of Fame filly Ruffian.
Kindred Thoroughbreds LLC’s Going Ballistic, second in Arlington’s Grade II American Derby July 21, worked five furlongs in :58.60 Thursday morning in preparation for Arlington’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes Aug. 11.
The aptly-named sophomore son of Lite the Fuse accomplished early splits of :35 and :46.40 during the handy move, and then galloped out three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.40.
Trained by Donnie Von Hemel, Going Ballistic was beaten three-quarters of a length by Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Lattice in the American Derby, and is expected to face that rival once again in the $400,000 Secretariat as part of Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing on Arlington Million Day.
On Wednesday, Team Block’s Fort Prado breezed six furlongs in 1:21 over Arlington’s grass course with the “dogs” well out from the rail.
Fort Prado, winner of Arlington’s 2006 Sea o’ Erin Mile, is being pointed for a defense of that championship – also carded as part of the Arlington Million Day racing program.
William A. Thayer, senior vice president of racing at Arlington Park, was proclaimed “Illinois Ambassador to the Thoroughbred Racing Industry” by the Illinois Racing Board at its July 10 meeting.
Thayer, known for his strong relationships with horsemen, has been responsible for bringing Dr. Fager, Secretariat, Foolish Pleasure, Spectacular Bid and John Henry to race at Arlington during his long local tenure.
In 2001, Thayer, a resident of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, was the inaugural recipient of the Arlington Park’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“The Only Sons” will play rock ‘n’ roll favorites from the ‘50s up to the present as the featured entertainment for this Friday’s Miller Lite Party in the Park in the Park Area of Arlington Park. First race and first song are scheduled for 3 p.m.
The biggest beach bash the suburbs have ever seen – featuring live music by the Jimmy Buffet cover band “Southern Course” – will take place this Saturday in the Park Area at Arlington Park.
Also on tap as scheduled entertainment will be the Hawaiian Tropic Girls and hula dancers, and Tiki hut bars will sell signature drinks.
Arlington guests in the Park Area will also get a chance to “hang 10” by mastering a mechanical surfboard.
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