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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/1/08)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
With the prospective field sizes for Chicago’s upcoming Arlington Million, $750,000 Beverly D. and $400,000 Secretariat Stakes all expanding over the last 48 hours, Arlington Park has announced that there will be a $250,000 guaranteed pool for an International Festival Pick 3 encompassing Illinois’ only three annually contested Grade I events.
Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing, centerpiece event of Chicago’s Thoroughbred racing season that attracts horses from all over the world, is quickly approaching on the second Saturday in August.
In the Festival Pick 3, as in any pick 3 wager, racing fans must correctly select the winner of the three races involved all on the same ticket, with the minimum wager cost being $1.
The 32nd running of the Secretariat, restricted to 3-year-olds of international caliber, will begin the Festival Pick 3 as the eighth race on Arlington’s Aug. 9 program, followed by the 19th running of the Beverly D. for the world’s best grass-favoring fillies and mares as the ninth race, and conclude with the 25th renewal of the Arlington Million as the 10th race that day. Advance wagering on Arlington’s Festival Pick 3 will be available on Friday, Aug. 8.
A Pick 4 wager beginning with the seventh race on Arlington Million Day to include the three Grade I races will also be offered, but no guaranteed pool will be in effect for the Pick 4.
Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu, hero of Arlington’s Grade II American Derby, heads the potential field for the Secretariat, and Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, an Eclipse Award winner two years ago, is the locally based Chicago hope in the Beverly D.
Three European invaders – Hong Kong’s Group I Queen Elizabeth II Cup winner Archipenko, Great Britain’s Group I Coral-Eclipse hero Mount Nelson, and France’s multiple Group III winner Spirit One – are set to challenge American-based Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic winner Einstein and Grade III Arlington Handicap victor Stream Cat in Arlington Million XXVI – easily the strongest Million grouping in recent memory.
Arlington Park guests are invited to attend the post position draw for next Saturday’s Arlington Million, Beverly D. and Secretariat Stakes when the ceremony gets underway this Wednesday in Arlington’s Starting Gate Theatre at 11:45 am.
Those in attendance get to join Thoroughbred owners and trainers as they await the starting order for their horses in the three Grade I events that make up Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing.
The draw ceremonies for the showcase races of Chicago’s Thoroughbred racing season will be hosted by local sportscasters Howard Sudberry and Johnny Morris.
Members of Arlington Park’s jockey colony will visit the Children’s Memorial Hospital on Monday from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Jockeys will be dressed in traditional racing silks, but the children will have the opportunity to design their own silks with the jockeys as well as play Body Parts Bingo.
The jockeys will visit, take pictures, sign autographs and distribute gift bags to the children.
‘The Rock Art Show’ – a rare collection of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten song lyrics, concert posters, gold records and album art from the greatest rock artists of all time – is now on display at the foot of Arlington Park’s Grand Staircase and will continue through Sunday.
All works displayed – from classic rock artists such Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix as well as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones – are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
The sixth round of Arlington’s inaugural Handicapping Challenge will be held this Saturday, featuring cash prizes and the ability to qualify for the championship round on Saturday, Sept. 13.
To participate, fans are required to purchase a $100 contest wagering card at the Twin Spires Club on the day of the contest.
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