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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/7/07)
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Defending Arlington Park trainer champion Wayne Catalano, fourth among Arlington’s all-time leading conditioners, can equal his own and Arlington’s season-high record mark of 69 winners for a trainer if he poses in the winner’s circle with Frank Calabrese’s Flightwithoutwings following Friday’s first race.
Although Flightwithoutwings is Catalano’s lone representative on Friday’s 10-race program, he has been installed as the 9-5 morning line choice in the field of seven. Should he win Friday’s opener, the score would be the 660th of Catalano’s Arlington Park career.
Catalano, 51, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, established Arlington’s season-high mark in 2005, and is assured of his third straight local training championship and his fifth in the last six years when the current season ends Sept. 16.
Interestingly, jockey Randy Meier is listed to ride Flightwithoutwings. That 52-year-old Nebraska native would move to within three wins of the coveted 4,000-career victory mark with the win in the first half of Friday’s Daily Double.
Meier rode career win 3,996 last Saturday aboard Jerry Pinkowski’s Zagor’s War in the sixth race of the day. In addition to Flightwithoutwings, Meier was named to ride Richard Glander’s It’s All Attitude, 12-1 in the morning line in Friday’s third, and Terry Bruner’s Ally’s Little Sis, 8-1 in the morning line for Friday’s eighth.
When late Friday program changes were announced Friday morning, Meier picked up a mount as a late rider change aboard Pete and Judy Primiano’s Our Clever Secret, 20-1 in the morning line for Friday’s finale, giving Meier four chances to reach his own milestone.
The first day of September last Saturday already established one seasonal record high mark at Arlington Park when owner Frank Calabrese’s silks were posed in the winner’s circle for the 67th time astride Coleridge following the fourth race of the day.
Also last Saturday, trainer Christine Janks reached the 1,500-career win milestone when her trainee Mighty Rule, owned by Arbaway Farm and Carson Springs Farm, won the eighth race of the afternoon with Chris Emigh aboard.
Last Sunday, Emigh returned to the winner’s circle aboard Wertheimer and Frère’s Polysheba in the eighth race of the afternoon – named after the Kaneland Soccer Club. Emigh’s daughter, Taylor, 9, is a member of that team, which presented the trophy in post-race winner’s circle ceremonies.
Emigh, Arlington’s defending jockey champion and currently second this season, is in a hotly contested battle with jockey E. T. Baird for the runner-up spot in this summer, while both are well behind leading rider Rene Douglas.
Also last Sunday, Arlington’s all-time leading trainer Richard Hazelton celebrated his 77th birthday with a victory when Asiel Stable’s Kuna captured the fifth race of the day with Carlos Silva aboard.
Hazelton, with well over 4,000 career wins, held Arlington’s all-time high mark of 1,167 going into Friday’s racing program.
Arlington Park’s Pick 6 carryover pool reached the five-figure mark for the third time this season when no one correctly picked all six winners on the same ticket in Thursday’s fourth through ninth races.
The exact carryover pool was listed at $10,237, second-highest in North America for Friday’s racing programs.
Friday’s Pick 6 on Arlington’s 10-race card will be contested on the fifth through the 10th races of the twilight racing program with its adjusted first post time of 2:30 p.m.
Jockey Rene Douglas, far in front while on his way to a fifth Arlington Park riding title this season, reached the winner’s circle four times Thursday. It was Douglas’s fourth four-win day of the 2007 Arlington Park season and gave owner William Stiritz and trainer Terry Gestes an owner-trainer double for the day.
The Panama-born reinsman took both halves of the Daily Double, scoring with the Stiritz-owned Gestes-trained Gita in the opener and Olympia Stables’ Slewey Armstrong for conditioner Peter Walder in the second.
Douglas came back to the winner’s circle with Gary Davidson’s Know the Game in the fourth for trainer Todd Pletcher and completed the four-bagger with the Stiritz-owned Gestes-trained Arching in the finale.
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