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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/23/07)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Leading jockey Rene Douglas, who exceeded the 100-seasonal win figure with four wins last Sunday, is now on the cusp of another local milestone.
The Panamanian reinsman, the only jockey in Arlington Park history to win four straight local riding titles, will reach the 700-win mark in career wins at Arlington with his next tally.
All but assured of his fifth Arlington title in 2007, Douglas has also moved up from 10th to eighth position at Arlington in total all-time victories during the current season, and his 101 Chicago wins this summer left his all-time Arlington win total at 699 tallies through Wednesday’s program.
Veteran Arlington Park jockey E. T. Baird, currently holding down second position in Arlington’s 2007 standings while enjoying the best Chicago summer of his career, entered Thursday’s program with 74 winners after enjoying a riding double Wednesday.
Both Wednesday wins came aboard horses owned by Frank Calabrese and trained by Wayne Catalano, each far in front while defending their own respective championships from Arlington’s 2006 season.
Wednesday’s Calabrese-Catalano-Baird double play combination came in the fifth with First Movement and the eighth with Aroseandapromise.
Baird’s banner 2007 local season has moved the Chicago-born reinsman from 17th to 13th position among Arlington’s all-time leaders during the course of the summer.
Arlington Park’s perennial leading owner Frank Calabrese, in pursuit of his unprecedented eighth straight local owner championship based on number of races won, is also approaching his own Arlington record of 66 wins during the course of a suburban Chicago racing season.
Entering Thursday’s racing program, the Calabrese colors had been posed in the winner’s circle 62 times this summer.
Defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano is on his way to a third straight Arlington training title with his 62 winners, seven shy of his own (and Arlington) record of saddling 69 winners during the course of an Arlington season.
The Calabrese-Catalano tandem is listed as active in four straight races Thursday, with Ms Manipulator in the fifth at 10-1 in the morning line, Flightwithoutwings in the sixth at 7-2 in the morning line, B Blue in the seventh at 12-1 in the morning line, and Stars of the Sea in the eighth at 3-1 in the morning line.
Jockey E. T. Baird was listed astride all four of Calabrese’s Thursday entries, and the Baird/Catalano combination had a win-ratio of 43 percent through Wednesday with an in-the-money ratio of 72 percent.
The only higher jockey/trainer percentage recorded among the local leaders was the Douglas/Catalano duo, which enjoyed a 55 percent win ratio and an eye-opening 90 percent in-the-money ratio.
Three of the winners on Arlington’s Wednesday eight-race program were recorded by jockeys not named at entry time – and a fourth crossed under the wire in front.
Larry Sterling Jr. won the first race of the day as a late rider change aboard Greco Racing Stable’s Michael’s Dreamin’ for trainer Mike Reavis, James Graham took the second half of the Daily Double astride Maggi Moss’s Native Dress for trainer Tom Amoss, and Robby Albarado was the late rider named aboard Richard Glantz’ Solo Survivor for trainer Jimmy DiVito in the seventh race.
A fourth late rider change winner was almost recorded when Sterling crossed under the wire first in the Wednesday’s fourth race, but Sterling’s mount was subsequently disqualified and placed second behind Charles Middleton III and David Kassen’s Boffo, with Diego Sanchez aboard for that adjudged tally.
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