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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/10/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
A fun-filled day featuring military displays and a special parachute jump are scheduled to entertain guests at Arlington Park Sunday when the Northwest suburban race course, the USO of Illinois and 97.1 The Drive team up to present “Arlington Park Salutes The Troops.”
The Black Daggers, the U. S. Army’s Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, will perform the parachute jump by jumping into Arlington’s infield as part of the National Anthem ceremonies at approximately 12:30 pm, and live music will be presented by The Spirit of the USO Band, who will perform on the Miller Lite Band Stage throughout the afternoon.
Also, Sunday is Family Day, featuring pony rides and a petting zoo, and Junior Jockey Club members should meet in the paddock at noon for a tour of the starting gate.
Members of the military and their families will receive free admission Sunday by showing valid military identification.
On Saturday, Arlington will salute area teachers on “Teacher Appreciation Day” and guests may participate by bringing a new or used book, English or Spanish, to donate to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library and receive a $2 wagering voucher.
Music for Saturday’s Miller Lite Taste of Summer band will be provided by the Latin-style rock of “Rico.”
Jockey Junior Alvarado and trainer Hugh Robertson, still the leaders in their respective categories through Sunday’s races, were recognized last Saturday with winner’s circle ceremonies for their race records during the month of May that propelled them to the top of their divisions.
Alvarado rode 23 winners in May to share the lead in the rider standings with James Graham at the end of the month. However, the 24-year-old native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, now boasts 28 winners entering Thursday’s racing program at Arlington – two more than Graham.
Robertson saddled 12 winners at Arlington in May to share the lead in the trainer standings with Christine Janks on May 31, but the 58-year-old native of Columbus, Nebraska, posed in the winner’s circle once again with Joseph Novogratz’s Fufty Too after Saturday’s 10th race.
Ironically, following that race, Homewrecker Racing Stable was recognized with May’s Owner of the Month award. Robertson serves as trainer for the Homewrecker Racing Stable of Ron and Ricki Rashinski. The Homewrecker silks were posed in the winner’s circle five times during the month of May.
Incidentally, Graham rode both halves of the late daily double Sunday night, winning the 10th on Richard Otto Stable Inc.’s Lemonade Kid for trainer Tony Mitchell and the finale aboard Stormy Jill, owned and trained by Cory Patton. Sharing the runner-up spot with Graham at 28 wins entering Thursday’s races is jockey Chris Emigh, who had a riding triple Saturday, and E. T. Baird, who had a riding double Friday.
Veteran Arlington Park trainer Dee Poulos came out with both guns blazing Sunday, posing in the winner’s circle with both of her entered horses.
Hit ‘N Run Stable et al and Jim Miller’s Halo and Goodbye won the second race of the afternoon with jockey Jesse Campbell in the irons, while Ernie Poulos Racing Stable Inc.’s Moonlit Road took the fifth with Brandon Meier aboard.
Hit ‘N Run Stable, not surprisingly, is a baseball-oriented partnership consisting of several Chicago White Sox personnel and former Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitcher Jim Miller, who now serves as assistant general manager at Hawthorne Race Course.
Ernie Poulos Racing Stable, originally the operation of the late Ernie Poulos, is now run by his widowed wife Dee and her sister Dianna Caramico.
Jockey Michael Straight, a 23-year-old upstate New York native who is new to Arlington this season, lit up the tote board with two straight longshot winners Sunday.
In the seventh race, Straight scored aboard Smile Stable’s More Than Able for conditioner Jan Ely, paying a $32.80 win price, and came right back in the eighth on William Wheeler and Captain Jack Racing Stable’s Sevnthiningstretch for trainer Tony Granitz, to return $47.40 straight.
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