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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/13/07)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Former boxer-turned jockey Inez Karlsson knocked out the first win of her second career in Wednesday’s eighth race at Arlington Park, notching the victory aboard the appropriately named Death Valley. How did she celebrate?

“I read the Form, had a nap, ate some sushi and then went biking for an hour,” said Karlsson of her post-victory routine. “Then I fell asleep. I was too tired to do anything else.”

Karlsson, 23, from Göteborg, Sweden, is still rated second in Sweden’s light flyweight division with 14 wins from 20 bouts, but is now intent on being a winner on the racetrack.

“It felt very, very good to get that win yesterday,” said Karlsson Thursday morning. “Now I can’t wait to win again. The funny thing is that the night before the race I dreamt I was going to win it – and win it in exactly the same way I rode it. I didn’t get a chance to call my family in Sweden last night to tell them about it because there’s a seven-hour time difference. It was the middle of the night back home. I’ll call them today.”

Death Valley’s trainer Chris Block celebrated a training double for the day for his family’s Team Block stable after winning the fifth race of the day with Shrewd Operator.

“She gave a very patient ride, which is what I like to see,” said Block. “I thought she did a great job.”

A racetrack tradition following any jockey’s first win is to have other members of the jockey colony spray, dump or otherwise apply assorted matter to the winning rider, and Karlsson was asked about that.

“They were all really quite kind,” said Karlsson. “There’s something in my hair I can’t get out yet – I think it is baby oil – there was some cold water involved, and also some shaving cream. But that was okay – I needed to shave my legs, anyway.”

Karlsson is listed to ride three mounts Thursday and is named aboard two more on Friday’s 10-race program.


Friday is the final twilight racing program of Arlington Park’s 2007 racing season, and Arlington guests are reminded that post time for the 10-race card will be 2:30 p.m.

The earlier Friday post time has been adjusted to allow for 10 races during the afternoon despite September’s waning daylight hours.

Entertaining during Friday’s final 2007 Miller Lite Party in the Park will be “Steve Arvey and the Saxtells,” who play hits from rock ‘n’ roll’s early days.

Arlington Park closes the doors on its 94-day 2007 season on Sunday, with post time both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.


William Marsh of Oak Lawn, Illinois, has been named the winner of Arlington’s DRF/NTRA Handicapping Challenge Qualifier held at Arlington Park last weekend.

Marsh was awarded first prize money of $15,000, as well as a berth in the 2008 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Contest in Las Vegas, Nevada, after amassing a bankroll of $454 in Arlington’s qualifier.

Second prize of $7,500 and a berth in the 2008 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Contest went to Daven Turner of Galloway, Ohio, whose bankroll total in the qualifier was $442.

Third prize of $5,000 and a berth in the 2008 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Contest went to Thomas Reed of Northbrook, Illinois, whose bankroll last week came to $432.


Veteran Illinois-based jockey Randy Meier moved one notch closer to the 4,000-career victory milestone in Wednesday’s fourth race when he notched his 3,997th lifetime win aboard William Harris’s First Holme for trainer Monique Cameron.

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