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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/7/08)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Sassafras Racing and Gulf Coast Farms’ Meal Penalty, graded stakes-placed as a juvenile on the West Coast last fall, breezed a half in :51.60 Sunday in preparation for Saturday’s $50,000 Shecky Greene Stakes at Arlington Park.
Conditioned by Todd Pletcher, the nation’s defending four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer, Meal Penalty is coming off a four-length winning effort at Keeneland in his last trip to the post April 12.
In Southern California last November, the gray son of Tale of the Cat finished third in the Grade III Hollywood Prevue and was then eighth under the wire in the Grade I CashCall Futurity one month later.
As a sophomore on Feb. 2, Meal Penalty came in fifth in Santa Anita’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes prior to his front-running win in Lexington last month.
Pletcher also named Edmund Gann’s Processor’s Turf to Saturday’s six-furlong feature. That son of Sky Mesa boasted back-to-back wins over Santa Anita’s Cushion track this winter before finishing eighth over Churchill’s grass course in the Grade III Crown Royal American Turf on Kentucky Oaks Day May 2.
James Cristel’s Denos Keys, fourth in Hawthorne’s $100,000 Land of Lincoln Stakes at last asking April 20, was a supplementary nomination to Saturday’s feature.
Arlington Park is conducting a Chicago-area search after Thursday’s last race to discover at least one guest bugler for Arlington’s 2008 racing season.
Tryouts will be held in the winner’s circle, beginning about 5:30 pm. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older and must be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the season as well as holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
Interested contestants should show up with their own bugle or trumpet for the auditions and should enter the track through the Grandstand entrance via the Wilke Road gate.
At the tryout, contestants will be asked to play the traditional “Boots and Saddles” bugle call, their own “jazzed up” rendition of a bugle call, as well as a 30-second piece of their choice.
Contestants will also need to answer the question: “Why should Arlington choose you to be a guest bugler?”
Those who try out will be judged in five categories – appearance, note accuracy, sound quality, creativity and personality.
“A rose by any other name is still a rose,” it has been said, and a rose is what the first 7,500 ladies in attendance will receive this Sunday on Mother’s Day at Arlington Park.
Perennially one the most anticipated holidays of Chicago’s summer Thoroughbred racing season, Mother’s Day at Arlington is also Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald, with a host of added attractions for mothers and their kids.
Significantly, this Sunday children 12 and under may sign up and participate in Arlington’s Junior Jockey Club where they will be able to craft a picture frame for Mother.
Throughout the afternoon, youngsters may also enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo and face painters in the Park Area. Also, the entire family can learn from a “Getting Excited About Science” theme that will teach everyone the ins and outs of recycling materials we often take for granted, as well as pursue an investigation of some basic scientific principles.
Longtime Arlington Park reinsman Eddie Razo had a riding triple last Sunday in successive races at the Chicago oval, winning the third race with Reid Colley’s So Busted for trainer Steve Hobby, the fourth with Alex and Joanne Lieblong’s Mountain Stag, also for Hobby, and the fifth with Glenn Prezocki’s Tiffany Marie for trainer Tom Amoss.
The 42-year-old native of Mexico, who began his life as a jockey at age 14, captured the second riding title of his career this winter at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, after winning a Sportsman’s Park spring title in 1988.
In addition to Hobby’s training double, Arlington’s defending champion conditioner Wayne Catalano saddled two winners for defending owner champion Frank Calabrese with Luga in the first race and Pisces Poem in the second half of the Daily Double, while defending jockey champion Rene Douglas also rode two winners, winning astride Luga in the opener and Wesley Ward’s Lifestyle in the sixth race Sunday.
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