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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/1/08)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Beginning this Friday, Arlington’s popular post-races “Party On The Patio” returns to the grounds of Chicago’s Northwest suburban oval, giving local racing fans a place to celebrate and unwind after the conclusion of the twilight racing program.
The warm weather gathering features live music and great food from the outdoor grill at Trackside Arlington Park, immediately adjacent to the race course.
The fun begins right after the last race at Arlington Park Friday, with the live music starting at 7:30 pm. Kicking off the entertainment this Friday will be the classic rock sounds of “The Fairlanes.”
“Party On The Patio” will be a Friday evening feature through Aug. 1, but will not be offered July 4 or July 18.
Of course, earlier this Friday Arlington Park’s “Miller Lite Party In The Park” will be presented with live music from the classic rock band “Murley Shertz” in the Park Area. First race and first song will be at 2:30 pm.
Robert Yagos’ Spotsgone, who failed to defend his championship in Arlington Park’s Grade III Hanshin Cup last weekend, will be given some time off but is expected to contend again later this summer in Chicago.
“The horse is fine,” said his trainer Jinks Fires speaking over the phone from his Churchill Downs base Saturday morning. “We're just going to give him a little ‘R&R’ and try to bring him back to Arlington for the Sea o’ Erin later this summer.”
Also now getting some R&R while back home in the USA is Fires’ son, Marine Corps Capt. Doug Fires, who just returned from the Middle East. Capt. Fires is a pilot who has been leading a Black Hawk helicopter squadron in Iraq since last October.
“Doug just got home (to Arkansas),” said trainer Fires, brother of Arlington’s all-time leading rider Earlie Fires. “I haven’t had a chance to see him yet, but I’m leaving Louisville this weekend to go back home for four or five days and visit with him. I wish I could tell you that he’s home to stay, but I believe he’s going back over there in October. He says: ‘Dad, that’s what I was trained to do.’ ”
Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael, another prospective candidate for the $150,000 Sea o’ Erin Mile, which observes its 21st renewal July 26, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 at Arlington Sunday morning. Lewis Michael, named for Calabrese’s son, won last summer’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap at Arlington.
Canadian-based Much Obliged, who races in Pin Oak Stable silks, upheld the international tradition of 1000 Guineas races by taking the inaugural edition of the $250,000 American 1000 Guineas last weekend at Arlington Park.
This Sunday, British-based Love of Dubai, who won the Group III Italian 1000 Guineas May 18, continues that international tradition as one of the choices in the Group II German 1000 Guineas at Dusseldorf.
Also on Sunday, British Group I 1000 Guineas heroine Natagora takes on male rivals in France’s Group I Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly.
Irish-bred Sudan, a Group I winner in Italy last year and a nominee to this summer’s Grade I Arlington Million, got his first American win for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel when he captured the Grade III Golden Gate Fields Turf on the West Coast Saturday.
The son of Peintre Celebre led throughout on his way to a four-length score under jockey David Flores.
Frankel has saddled two Arlington Million winners in his career – Juddmonte Farms’ Chester House in 2000 and that same stable’s Beat Hollow in 2002.
David Flores won the 2002 Arlington Million astride Sulamani for Godolphin Racing.
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