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Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/28/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Veteran Illinois-based reinsman Chris Emigh, leading rider at Arlington’s 2006 race meeting, rode two winners on Monday’s Memorial Day program to move within two victories of the coveted 3,000-career win milestone.

The 38-year-old Elburn resident is listed to ride four mounts when racing resumes Thursday at the Northwest suburban oval.

On Memorial Day, Emigh guided Nancy Vanier’s Mesmerite to a win in the second half of the Daily Double for trainer Brian Williamson and came right back to capture the third race aboard Nancy Vanier and Win Place Show-Me Racing’s Ay Your Adorable for Williamson – giving that conditioner a training double.

On Thursday, Emigh is named aboard Ben Barnow’s Lovely Love in the second race of the day at 4-1 in the morning line, Jack Smith Thoroughbreds and Mike Stidham’s Classic Chant in the fifth at 9-2, William Stiritz’s McClees Creek in the eighth at 8-1, and Stiritz’s Robin My Girl in the ninth at 5-1.


Sharing top riding honors with three wins apiece on Monday’s Memorial Day program at Arlington Park were jockeys James Graham and Junior Alvarado.

Graham, runner-up in Arlington’s 2008 jockey standings, accomplished his triple in successive fashion – taking the seventh aboard K. C. Yanez and Matthew Peebles’ Shades of Success, the eighth astride Carol Burkhart’s Caberneigh and the ninth on G-Biscuit Stable’s Rahoo.

In a contrary but equally successful winning strategy Alvarado book-ended the holiday card, winning the opener aboard Owen Rainwater’s Lahar and the finale on Arthur Hancock III’s Chestnut Skies, with a third victory midday astride Peacock Stable’s Texas Hedge in the fifth.


Dr. John Chandler’s Seaspeak, an original nomination to this summer’s Grade I Arlington Million Aug. 8, made a positive step toward that goal with a facile score in the nine-furlong Grade III Dallas Turf Cup on Memorial Day at Lone Star Park.

Trained by Ralph Nicks, the homebred son of Mizzen Mast out of a Gone West mare was ridden by Julien Leparoux in Monday’s Texas outing.

The Dallas Turf Cup has often proved a significant stepping stone on the road to the Million in past seasons, and Seaspeak is being considered for the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 11 as part of Arlington’s Million Preview Day program.


Arlington Park’s upcoming Community Appreciation Weekend honors the adjacent community of Rolling Meadows with free admission to residents of Rolling Meadows Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the Miller Lite Taste of Summer blends the flavorful taste of Miller Lite and Arlington food specials with the sounds of summer from the rock band A Kangaroo Court.

This Saturday also marks the second round of the 2009 Arlington Handicapping Challenge following its popular debut last season, but this season the Handicapping Challenge will be held in conjunction with a Scott McMannis handicapping seminar.

The live money series will be free to enter once again and offers berths into the 2010 Horse Player World Series. Twin Spires Club members will receive 10 Twin Spires Club points for every $1 wagered using the contest card.

On Sunday’s Family Day, the week’s theme is presented by the Schaumburg Flyers baseball team and includes pony rides and a petting zoo.

Also on Sunday, Arlington’s Junior Jockey Club members get to design their own jockey silks as part of the Family Day program.

The weekend festivities actually get underway in time for Friday’s special post time of 2:30 pm, with a first song from the rock band Thunder Road coming from the Miller Lite Band Stage in the Park Area at the same time the first race gets underway.

However, new for the 2009 season is the popular Baggo game which will be a staple of every Miller Lite Party in the Park for the rest of the summer.

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