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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/30/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Arlington Park jockey Eduardo “Shorty” Perez won four races on Arlington’s eight-race program Wednesday – topping off a productive week that allowed him to jump into sixth position in the local jockey standings.

Perez won the second half of Wednesday’s Daily Double with Dede McGehee’s Boudoir for trainer Jim Gulick, and then closed out the final three races of the afternoon with Keith Johns’ Rock Hard Candy for trainer Justin Johns, Charles Sigrist and Moises Yanez’s Rey Del Sol for conditioner Yanez, and the day’s finale with Team Block’s Old Hundred for trainer Chris Block.

The all-Perez late daily double Wednesday paid $113, while Wednesday’s all-Perez late Pick 3 returned $337.20.

Perez has now ridden 41 winners from 299 mounts through Wednesday’s races, with 38 seconds and 40 third-place finishes with purse earnings of $1,066,778.

Earlier riding feats at the local session are topped by jockey James Graham’s six-win day (on a 10-race program) May 24, and also include Robby Albarado’s five-win day (on a 10-race program) July 21, three four-win days by leading rider Rene Douglas, and one four-win day by jockey Eddie Razo at Arlington on Kentucky Derby Day May 5.


Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity has often been a proving ground for future stars in its history, and last summer’s 72nd running was no exception.

Jim Tafel’s Street Sense, who learned how to win when he visited the winner’s circle for the first time in his career at Arlington last August 19, also got whipped here when schooled in the tougher stakes company of last summer’s local Futurity.

Street Sense finished third in the 2006 Futurity, and ironically, one of the horses that beat him in that day was named Got the Last Laugh.

However, it was Street Sense who “got the last laugh” later in the fall by winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs, last spring’s Kentucky Derby at the same Twin Spires oval, and last week’s Grade I Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

Blanche Levy’s Bet Twice won the 1986 Arlington-Washington Futurity and then denied Dorothy and Pamela Scharbauer’s 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero Alysheba the Triple Crown by defeating him in that season’s Belmont Stakes.

On Saturday, Gold Coyote, owned by Clarence Scharbauer Jr. of that same Midland, Texas, family goes to the post in this year’s Arlington-Washington Futurity as the 2-1 morning line choice following three straight Texas tallies. He faces seven rivals, all with next year’s Triple Crown as the ultimate goal. Who’s going to get the last laugh this time?


Saturday’s 73rd running of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity is the racing highlight of the extended Labor Day holiday weekend at Arlington Park, but the day’s attractions begin earlier when the last “Breakfast at Arlington” program of the summer of 2007 is offered with a breakfast buffet from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

As always, Saturday’s breakfast program includes a backdrop of Thoroughbreds going through their morning training rituals, with a handicapping segment as well as features hosted by Arlington’s various television personalities.

Also on Saturday as part of the race-day entertainment, classic rock will be played by “Bucket Number Six” as part of Saturday’s Miller Lite Summer Bash and BBQ in the Park Area at Arlington Park. The food special in the Park Area will be applewood smoked beef brisket. First race and first song begin Saturday at 1 p.m.

On Friday, the extended holiday weekend gets a kick start with the Miller Lite Party in the Park, featuring Chicago-style blues by the band “Cadillac Dave & Chicago Redhots” with first race and first song at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Arlington’s Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, features Hip Hop Dancing with the “Hip Hop ConnXion Dance Show.” Show times for the youth performers from all over the Chicago area are at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., and Junior Jockey Club members get to take a trip out to the Starting Gate to watch a race begin.

On Labor Day, the second of only two Monday racing programs at Arlington this summer, there will be Family Day activities in the Park Area including pony rides, face painters and a petting zoo plus live blues music by “Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners,” with first race and first song beginning at 1 p.m.

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