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Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/15/08)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Amerman Racing Stables Demarcation, who closed fast when finishing third in Arlington’s $150,000 Sea o’ Erin Stakes July 26, has been made the 9-5 morning line favorite when he faces six rivals in Saturday’s $50,000 The Tin Man Stakes at Arlington Park.

The altered son of Gulch, beaten three-quarters of a length for all of it in that one-mile turf test, should appreciate the added sixteenth of a mile distance in Saturday’s feature – also over Arlington Park’s world famous grass course – and will have the riding services of veteran Arlington jockey E. T. Baird once again.

Trained by Paul McGee, Demarcation has not visited the winner’s circle since an allowance race tally Aug. 1 last year over the local lawn, but posted a creditable fourth-place finish in Fair Grounds’ $100,000 Gaudin Memorial this winter when closing well in a six-furlong sprint.

Capable of providing strong competition for Demarcation is Martin Cherry’s Pickpocket, sixth in the Sea o’ Erin last time when beaten a length and a quarter by Saturday’s morning line favorite. Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and to be ridden by Eddie Razo, Pickpocket is a son of 1996 Arlington Million winner Mecke and is 5-2 in the morning line for Saturday’s headliner.

Not to be discounted in Saturday’s main event is Red Rabbit Racing’s General Charley, who won his last start July 31 by seven and one-half lengths when racing for a $50,000 claiming tag. That race was taken off the grass and run over Polytrack at a mile and a sixteenth. However, at previous asking over a yielding turf course June 14, the Chris Block trainee finished second by a head. Eddie Perez rides Saturday.

Completing Saturday’s The Tin Man Stakes field is Richard and Karen Papiese’s Tiganello, Jesse Campbell aboard (8-1); Starlight Stable’s Throng, Chris DeCarlo astride (6-1); Encore Racing Stable’s Yankee Injunuity, Ramsey Zimmerman in the irons (10-1); and Bonnie Heath Farm’s Cape San Blas, James Graham up (15-1).


Irish-born jockey James Graham, and Arlington’s 2006 champion jockey Chris Emigh both won three races on Thursday’s eight-race program at Arlington to continue their battle for third place in the current local rider standings.

Emigh swept the Daily Double, taking the opener aboard Greg Besinger’s Summer Flight as a pick-up mount from trainer Frank Brothers, and the second race on William Stiritz’s McClees Creek for trainer Terry Gestes. Arlington’s former leading rider then came back to the winner’s circle in the finale aboard Jeffrey Sullivan, Ken Pearl and Mont Scher’s Countryclub Casual for trainer Dee Poulos.

Graham won Friday’s third race astride Steve Lewis’s Scoring Chick for trainer Liane Davis, returned to the winner’s circle in the fifth aboard Mark Van Keirsbilck’s Tony Terrific for trainer Jim Gulick, and came right back to pose astride Willowbrook Farm’s Charter Class after the sixth – also for Gulick.

With Arlington’s defending jockey champion Rene Douglas with a seemingly insurmountable lead in this summer’s standings, and Jesse Campbell clearly in the second spot as the three-quarter mark of the local session will be reached Saturday, Graham leads Emigh by two wins in their day-to-day battle for the third spot.


Veteran Arlington Park trainer Jim Gulick enjoyed his best day of the season when he saddled back-to-back winners on Thursday’s eight-race program, taking the fifth with Mark Van Keirsbilck’s Tony Terrific and the sixth with Willowbrook Farm’s Charter Class.

Both were ridden by James Graham, who had already ridden one winner earlier in the afternoon for trainer Liane Davis.

Trainer Dee Poulos saddled her second winner in six racing days Thursday when Jeffrey Sullivan, Ken Pearl and Monty Scher’s Countryclub Casual won the last race of the afternoon. Poulos also saddled the overlooked Yukon Jaack, owned by Homer Schafer and Ernie T. Poulos Racing Stable, to finish third with apprentice Inez Karlsson in the stirrups in that same race.

On Wednesday of Arlington Million week, Poulos posed for a winner’s circle picture with 1st Kiss LLC’s Kissit, also ridden by the red-hot apprentice Karlsson.

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