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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/11/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


A colorful beach towel, emblazoned with pictures of Thoroughbreds in racing action, will be given away to the first 2,500 paid admissions on Saturday at Arlington Park, one day in advance of Arlington’s traditionally festive Father’s Day program on Sunday.

However, also on Saturday, for Arlington’s more serious horseplayers, will be Round Three of Arlington’s inaugural Handicapping Challenge, featuring cash prizes as well as the ability to qualify for the contest’s Championship Round on Saturday, Sept. 13.

All handicappers need to do to participate is purchase a $100 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club on the day of the contest.

Father’s Day weekend festivities actually begin Friday when its twilight racing program as well as the Miller Lite Party In The Park get underway. Featured this Friday in the Park Area are the classic New Orleans sounds of the band Professor John. First race and first song begin at 2:30 pm.

Friday evening, Party On The Patio returns for its second week at Trackside Arlington Park with music provided by the band Strawberry Fields Forever. That John Lennon tribute band will begin its first set shortly after the last race of the afternoon.

Classic rock music returns to the Park Area on Father’s Day Sunday with the band Dave Tamkin & Company. Also Sunday, regular Family Day activities, presented by the Daily Herald will be offered in the Park Area, including pony rides, face painters and a petting zoo.

Also on Father’s Day, Junior Jockey Club members will be able to make Dad a special mug that he will be able to keep forever.


After riding two winners Sunday at Arlington, jockey Jesse Campbell has clearly moved into second position in the local jockey standings while remaining far behind defending Arlington champion Rene Douglas.

Campbell took Sunday’s opener aboard Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, Greco Racing Stable and Tom Swearingen’s Marikitten, and came back to the winner’s circle after the sixth race astride Mellon Patch Inc.’s Birdie Onthe Green.

The two-win afternoon gave Campbell 23 victories for the season, four more than current third-place rider Eddie Razo.

Also with two wins Sunday was trainer Larry Rivelli, who saddled Wesley Ward’s Subcultural Girl to take the third race under E. T. Baird, and Richard Ravin and Rivelli’s My Dominick James to win the eighth with Tim Thornton up.

Incidentally, My Dominick James is named for Rivelli’s son, and Baird’s win aboard Subcultural Girl gave that Chicago native a perfect two-for-two record at the local session.


Arlington Park has announced its inaugural Prairie State Art Fair – to be held June 21 and June 22 – featuring the works of more than 25 of Illinois’ finest artists.

The two-day event will include a juried art competition in which the artists will be competing for $10,000 in prize money.

Arlington’s Art Fair will be held in conjunction with the Prairie State Festival of Racing, in which horses registered, conceived, or foaled in the State of Illinois compete in six $100,000 stakes races.

The artists’ work will be publicly exhibited at various locations in the Park Area and each artist will have work available for sale.

Admission to the art fair is included with admission to the park.


The race week at Arlington Park expands to five days beginning next week with the return of Wednesday racing on June 18.

Post time on Wednesdays will be at 1:20 pm and there will be eight races a day most weeks. Thursday post will remain at 1:20 pm and those cards will also generally have eight races. Friday’s 10-race cards will start at 2:30 pm while Saturday and Sunday programs will begin at 1 pm, with 11 races on Saturdays and nine on Sundays.

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