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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (5/30/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Arlington’s 2006 jockey champion Chris Emigh achieved the 2,999th victory of his career Friday when he guided Scott Mullins’ It’s a Moon to the winner’s circle after the seventh race of the afternoon, and the 38-year-old Elburn, Illinois, resident enters Saturday’s 11-race Arlington Park program with 10 chances to reach the 3,000-career win milestone.
“I really thought I’d get it today,” said Emigh after his lone win Friday, “because I thought I had a big shot with Leo Gabriel’s horse (runner-up Ludmig in the sixth.) Oh, well – I’ve been waiting 20 years for this – I guess I can wait another day.
“Maybe it’s just as well.” Emigh said. “My wife (Kim) couldn’t be here (Friday) because my son (Hunter) is graduating from grade school, but she’ll be here (Saturday).”
On Saturday, Emigh was listed aboard Sharon Morgan’s Crosswise (6-1) in the opener, and picked up the mount on Hondo Ranch’s Family Facts (4-1) in the second half of the Daily Double.
He also picked up the mount on John Reinhart’s Thanks Lord in the fourth (10-1), was always listed for William Stiritz’s Nafir’s Lad (10-1) in the fifth and Homewrecker Racing’s And the Beast (2-1) in the sixth, picked up the mount on Gary and Beth Leverton’s Hello Sailor (6-1) in the seventh, and was always listed for S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Publish (6-1) in the eighth, Allen Tanis’s My Cousin Pepi (5-2) in the ninth, Frederick Seitz’s Kylayne (10-1) in the featured Fit for a Queen Stakes and Carson Springs Farm, Letto Thoroughbreds and David Campbell’s Laugh (3-1) in the finale.
After Arlington Park jockey E. T. Baird rode three winners Friday, jockey Junior Alvarado took down the day’s finale – allowing the two reinsmen to share the top spot in Arlington’s rider standings at the end of Friday’s racing day with 21 wins apiece.
Baird began his hat trick with a win aboard on Louis Smith and Kendel Standlee’s Never Enough Glory in the third, came right back astride Frank Calabrese’s Exchanging Kisses in the fourth and completed his triple atop Richard Ravin’s Excessive Heat in the eighth.
Coincidentally, it also completed a successive triple for the Larry Rivelli-trained Excessive Heat, who became the first horse at the meeting to a post a perfect three-for-three local record.
Conditioner Terri Stufflebean, who saddled her first winner six years ago at Arlington with a horse owned by one of her gallop boys, this season is currently the only trainer on the grounds with a perfect three-for-three record at the meeting.
The Oklahoma-born Stufflebean has also been recognized locally for saddling Arlington shippers from the barns of Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Lynn Whiting as well as Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel when they are not in Chicago.
Whiting, chiefly known as the conditioner of 1992 Run For The Roses hero Lil E. Tee, became the 10th trainer to saddle 300 winners under the Twin Spires on Friday when Action Seeker took down winning honors in Churchill Downs’ eighth race.
Jose Candelas, the gallop boy who owned Stufflebean’s first winner Riviera Dance six years ago, also galloped 2003 Oaklawn Handicap winner Medaglia d’Oro for Frankel.
Crown’s Way Farm and Steve Holland’s You Dancing Devil worked a bullet half-mile in :46.60 handily Saturday morning in preparation for the $100,000 Lincoln Heritage Stakes on Prairie State Festival Day June 20.
“That was just a little quicker than I wanted,” said trainer Neil Pessin later in the morning, “but she’ll work a couple of more times and we’ll slow her down for those.”
In her last start, You Dancing Devil finished seventh in open company in the $57,300 Reluctant Guest Stakes on Preakness Day May 16 – a race carded for the turf but taken off and run over the Polytrack course.
“Hopefully, the (Lincoln Heritage) stays on the turf,” said Pessin. “I don’t care if the turf course is firm or soft, but we do want it to stay on the grass. If it does – the way the race stands right now – I wouldn’t want to change places with anyone.”
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