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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/5/09)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

JERMAINE BRIDGMOHAN JOINS ARLINGTON JOCKEY COLONY SUNDAY

Jermaine Bridgmohan, younger brother of Arlington’s 2005 jockey champion Shaun Bridgmohan, will transfer his tack to Chicago from Miami’s Calder Race Course and has been named aboard three mounts on Arlington’s 11-race program Sunday.

Both Bridgmohan brothers were born on the island of Jamaica but raised in South Florida where their father insisted they complete high school before pursuing riding careers.

After starting on the racetrack as a hot walker and working as a groom for trainer Steve Dwoskin, the younger Bridgmohan – who turns 21 later this month – rode his first winner at Calder on Aug. 6, 2006.

With brother Shaun advising him during the initial phase of his career, Jermaine quickly became the runaway leading jockey at the 2006/07 Tropical-at-Calder meet, setting a record for most winners in a single meet with 110 victories.

However, following that quick success, he suffered career-halting injuries on opening day of Gulfstream’s 2007 season, sustaining a broken right hand, two broken ribs on his right side and a fractured left collarbone, which left him out of action for the rest of that season.

In 2008 at Calder, Bridgmohan teamed up with trainer Marty Wolfson to win five stakes, including three on Calder’s Festival of the Sun Day.

Two weeks ago, he notched his seventh added-money triumph of 2009 aboard Garter Belt in Calder’s featured Regal Gal Stakes after winning four stakes at Gulfstream, one at Tampa, and one previously at Calder.

JUNIOR GETS 4TH TRIPLE; JUMPS BACK TO TOP OF JOCKEY STANDINGS

Jockey Junior Alvarado scored his fourth hat trick of the young Arlington Park season Thursday to regain the lead in the see-saw battle to top the local jockey standings.

The native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, rode his first triple of the local season on Kentucky Derby Day and then scored back-to-back race day three baggers Memorial Day and May 28.

Alvarado’s Thursday triple began on Gordon and Sharon Bredeson’s Sharp Surprise in the second race for trainer Moises Yanez, continued in the eighth with Rabbah Bloodstock’s Crown of Diamonds for conditioner Eoin Harty and was concluded aboard Glen Hill Farm’s Positivelycharming for trainer Tom Proctor in the ninth.

The 24-year-old Alvarado has 26 wins entering Friday’s twilight racing program, two more than runner-up James Graham, who briefly forged to the top after a four-win Sunday.

PIN OAK STABLE SCORES ARLINGTON’S FIRST OWNER HAT TRACK IN 2009

Josephine Abercrombie became the first owner to pose in Arlington’s winner’s circle three times in the same afternoon when her Pin Oak Stable colors were shown aboard Return the Jewel after the third race, again astride Always in My Heart after the fifth and once more aboard Far East following the seventh race of the afternoon.

As the trainer of all three Pin Oak horses, Donnie K. Von Hemel became the second conditioner at the local session to record a training triple, joining Dale Bennett who accomplished the feat one racing day earlier last Sunday.

UPDATES ON NICOLE’S DREAM, THE TIN MAN PRIOR TO SATURDAY STAKES

Dare To Dream Stable’s Nicole’s Dream, for whom Saturday’s $50,000 Nicole’s Dream Stakes is named, has a yearling foal by Giant’s Causeway at her side and dropped a second foal by Rahy in April, according to Dare To Dream’s Michael Faber.

Ralph Todd’s The Tin Man, winner of the 2006 Arlington Million and namesake for Saturday’ $50,000 co-feature, “is doing really great” said Todd Thursday from California. “He’s just full of himself despite all that calcification on that big old knee of his. He’s a happy boy.”

Robert Dewitt’s Taletobetold is the 9-5 morning line choice for this weekend’s Nicole’s Dream Stakes, while Chrysalis Stable’s Silverfoot is the tepid 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s The Tin Man Stakes.

QUINCY HAMILTON AT 998 WINS FOLLOWING RIDING DOUBLE THURSDAY

Following a riding double Thursday aboard two of Pin Oak’s three winners, jockey Quincy Hamilton is now two victories shy of the 1,000-career win milestone.

In other local rider updates, jockey Inez Karlsson, leading apprentice at Arlington last season, returned to the winner’s circle astride Hondo Ranch’s Timeless Facts Thursday on her first day back following injuries sustained in a racing accident on Memorial Day.

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