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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/10/08)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

INJURED JOCKEY CAMPBELL DIAGNOSED WITH TORN ROTATOR CUFF

Arlington Park jockey Jesse Campbell, injured in a spill during last Saturday’s $54,600 Honor Glide Stakes, has been diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and began what will be approximately two weeks of therapy on Tuesday.

“Jesse has been getting a little better each day,” said Campbell’s fiancée Allyson Morrissey Wednesday morning. “Nothing is broken and he has good movement. The plan is to have him undergo physical therapy every day, let him gradually rebuild his strength and then see how quickly he improves. Also, his neck is still sore, but that’s also getting better each day.

“Realistically, he might not be able to return to riding before the Arlington season ends (Sept. 21),” said Morrissey, “but hopefully he will be ready for Hawthorne.”

Campbell, 30, is currently second in the local standings behind defending champion Rene Douglas – already assured of his sixth Arlington title.

A native of nearby Lake Zurich, Campbell has 68 wins at the session, with 51 seconds, and 78 thirds from 464 mounts.

Irish-born reinsman James Graham is currently third in the local standings with 61 wins through Sunday, with live racing at Arlington returning Thursday at 1:20 pm for the final eight days of the 2008 season.

MEIER LEADS KARLSSON BY FOUR WINS IN APPRENTICE JOCKEY DUEL

Apprentice jockey Inez Karlsson rode back-to-back winners Sunday at Arlington to move within four victories of leading apprentice Brandon Meier, who also had a win on the program.

Karlsson won Sunday’s sixth race aboard Stable H.M.A.’s Big Al Cordes for conditioner Jimmy DiVito and came right back to the winner’s circle in the seventh astride Steve Ciaccio’s Shezadoubleagent for trainer Frank Kirby.

Meier’s Sunday score came in the third race on Victor Achar’s I’m a Good Guy for trainer Eusebio Razo Sr.

There are eight racing days remaining in the 2008 Arlington season, which ends on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Also scoring a riding double last Sunday was Arlington’s 2006 jockey champion Chris Emigh, who won the opener on Harold Plumley’s Aggressive Joe for trainer Tom Proctor and the ninth aboard Edmond and Sharon Hudon’s Seaview for conditioner Mike Stidham.

Registering a training double Sunday was Rebecca Maker, who saddled Jason Desilets and Richard Ravin’s Light Sleeper to win the second with James Graham up and Monarch Stable’s Edge of Chaos to take the finale with Eusebio Razo Jr. aboard.

In Sunday’s fourth race, defending champion jockey Rene Douglas reached the 100-win milestone aboard WinStar Farm’s Blocked Shot for defending Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher. Arlington’s six-time leading jockey has now reached that milestone in all six of his championship seasons.

ARLINGTON PARK CELEBRATES ‘SENIOR’S WEEK’ SEPT. 11-14

Beginning with a coffee thermos giveaway Thursday to the first 1,000 adults 55 and over through the gates, Arlington Park will celebrate “Seniors Week” through Sept. 14.

A discounted admission of $3 (only available through the gates) will also be offered to adults 55 and over through Sunday’s program.

Several community centers will also be present throughout the week to talk to seniors about the services they provide.

Levy Restaurants will also support Senior’s Week with several food and beverage specials in both the Million Room and Cobey’s Food Court.

FIVE ARLINGTON HANDICAPPERS QUALIFY FOR NTRA/DRF CHAMPIONSHIP

Five handicappers booked their tickets to Las Vegas last Saturday at Arlington Park in the NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Contest Qualifier.

Mark Everhart, of Federal Way, Washington, took the top spot and the $14,000 first prize, while Joe Scanio, of Brooklyn, N.Y., took the runner-up position and earned $7,500.

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