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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/29/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Arlington Park’s highly popular Dime Superfecta Wager got more positive reviews Thursday when a lucky fan realized a $39,985 payoff based on a dime investment.
In the superfecta wager, fans are required to pick the first four finishers in order all on the same ticket. The entire distributable superfecta pool on Thursday’s finale went to one lucky 10-cent superfecta ticket holder when William Tippett’s Jazzy Gallop paid a $58.60 win price – effectively eliminating all but extreme longshot players.
Finishing second in Thursday’s last race was a 14-1 outsider, while the third-place finisher went to the post at 56-1 and the fourth place horse was more than 10-1.
Thursday’s superfecta payoff was easily the largest of the 2009 season. However, the highest 10-cent superfecta in Arlington history was posted on July 24 last summer when a payout of $46,900 lit up the local tote board.
On Thursday’s 17th racing day of the current Arlington season, red-hot jockey Junior Alvarado became the first reinsman of the meeting to post back-to-back riding triples – forging to the front of the local leader board with the accomplishment.
After taking Thursday’s opener astride Diane Tieman’s Jilluke for trainer Marco Salazar, Alvarado returned to the winner’s circle after the sixth aboard Dare To Dream Stable’s Blood Diamonds for conditioner Larry Rivelli, and completed his hat trick in the seventh on Vanessa Nye’s Supah Soup for trainer Dale Bennett.
Alvarado, 23, also rode three winners on Monday’s Memorial Day program at Arlington, and now leads the jockey standings with 20 wins, two more than current runner-up E. T Baird entering Friday’s races.
Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Alvarado began his North American riding career two years ago at Gulfstream Park and came to Chicago last summer in time to finish eighth in last summer’s Arlington standings.
Incidentally, when conditioner Hugh Robertson saddled Prairie State Festival-bound Wildeydsouthernboy to win Sunday’s $53,600 Zen Stakes, he joined Christine Janks atop the trainer standings with 12 wins where they remain tied for the lead entering Friday’s races.
When jockey Quincy Hamilton, 25, a Texas native riding at Arlington Park for the first time this season, got up in the final strides of Thursday’s fifth race aboard Francis O’Toole’s Promulgation, he registered the 996th win of his career to move four wins away from the 1,000-win milestone.
Promulgation is trained by Graham Motion, who was part of an unusual Graham-named owner-trainer-jockey troika earlier in the afternoon when he saddled Priscilla Graham’s Straight Talk to finish third with James Graham in the irons.
Hamilton’s lone listed mount Friday is aboard Three Feathers’ Laguna Amiga in the second race for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel.
Meanwhile, Arlington’s 2006 jockey champion Chris Emigh remains two wins shy of the 3,000-career win milestone entering Friday’s races with four mounts scheduled. The Illinois-based reinsman, 38, gets the call on Gary Morgan’s Infectious Spirit in the fourth, Derrick Fisher’s Edubaiya Way in the fifth, Diamond Racing’s Ludmig in the sixth and Scott Mullins’ It’s a Moon in the seventh.
Lothenbach Stables’ Choragus, runner up in Charles Town’s $250,000 Sugar Maple Stakes April 18, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Arlington Park feature – the $50,000 Fit for a Queen Stake for fillies and mares.
Completing the field for the six-and-a-half furlong sprint are Frederick Seitz’s Kylayne, Janis Whitham’s Nursery Rhyme, Dean Caras’ Paddy Wak Wakie, Dyedra Kademoglou’s Dee’s Rose and Glen Hill Farm’s Sly Storm.
Saturday’s Grade I Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park, for fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the grass, often serves as an excellent barometer for members of the distaff set who may come to Arlington for the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes as part of the International Festival of Racing Aug. 8.
Magical Fantasy and Black Mamba, who finished one-two a nose apart in Santa Anita’s Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap April 18, head the Gamely field.
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