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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/30/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


The largest win price of the 2008 Arlington Park season - $100.60 for a $2 wager – lit up the Chicago tote board Thursday afternoon when Kathy Nimrick’s Cartlets got up in the last jump to win the third race by a head.

Those who played it safe or backed up their bets with a place wager on the 5-year-old Cartwright gelding were rewarded with a $42.40 payoff – the largest return for any horse finishing first or second at the local 2008 session.

Also posted in Thursday’s third race was the highest exacta payoff of the young Arlington season – $971.60 for a $2 wager – for those who correctly picked Cartlets as the winner and Miller Racing Stable’s Tiz Quiet as the runner-up.

Cartlets, trained by Roger Brueggemann, was well back early, got boxed in at the top of the stretch but rallied through traffic under the guidance of apprentice jockey Inez Karlsson to be narrowly best at the wire.


Apprentice jockey Brandon Meier, the 19-year-old Elk Grove Village native who rode his first winner earlier at this year’s Arlington meeting, continued his high-win percentage assault on the local jockey standings with the first two-win day of his career Thursday afternoon.

Ironically, the second of his two trips to the winner’s circle Thursday was astride Richard and Karen Papiese’s Houseboat. It was that 5-year-old mare who gave Meier the first win of his career on May 11 at Arlington. Houseboat is now trained by Hector Magana.

Meier’s first win Thursday came aboard defending owner champion Frank Calabrese’s Tylan in the fifth race. That 4-year-old gray filly is conditioned by defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano.


Veteran Arlington Park jockey Eddie “Shorty” Perez completed a long jump Thursday when he leapfrogged up to sixth place in the local jockey standings with a riding triple for the afternoon.

Perez, 42, a native of Taluca, Mexico, began his Thursday “hat trick” with a win aboard Richard Duchossois’ Must Trust for trainer Chris Block in the fourth race, continued his success with a tally on Terry Dunn and Wayne Stockseth’s My Little Connor for conditioner Don Von Hemel in the sixth and came right back to the winner’s circle in the seventh astride Ruman Stable’s Thiscatcanscat for trainer Mike Dini to complete his three-win afternoon.


The Arlington Park Handicapping Challenge – the local Thoroughbred oval’s first live money handicapping contest – continues with its second qualifying round Saturday.

In addition to featuring cash prizes, the new contest series allows participants the ability to qualify for the Championship round that will be played on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Prospective participants must purchase a $100 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club on Saturday.

Also to be continued this Saturday and Sunday at Arlington is “Rolling Meadows Weekend” – the third in this season’s series of Community Appreciation Weekends that have already honored Arlington Heights and Palatine.

Saturday is Rolling Meadows’ Official Community Appreciation Day, with a race named for Rolling Meadows and a trophy to be presented by the mayor. In addition, the community will be represented by various municipal agencies.

Arlington Park is offering complimentary admission to Rolling Meadows residents Saturday and Sunday.

Also, Sunday is Pepsi Family Day, presented by the Daily Herald. This Sunday’s family day theme is the Survivor Family Game Show that puts audience volunteers through a series of eliminations to include dancing the limbo, spinning hula hoops and yelling like Tarzan, although (presumably) not all at once.

Junior Jockey Club members get a rare treat because they can come out and see how Arlington Park track announcer John G. Dooley does his job.

Dooley will be in the winner’s circle at 11:45 am to explain the basics of being a race track announcer.

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