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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/27/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Arlington Park has announced a $20 restricted tent area package deal ($10 for children 12 and under) for individuals who purchase their tickets online in advance of Friday’s racing/fireworks show at Chicago’s showcase Thoroughbred oval.

Included in the advance online package is premium seating for the combined racing and fireworks show in the tents and grassy area in front of the tents, but also included is appropriately themed America’s Birthday weekend food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, mixed green salad, watermelon, cookies and cotton candy.

Sodas are also included in the food menu.

The tents will open at 3:30 pm Friday, post-time for Friday’s first race is 4 pm on the 10-race evening program and food will be served from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Also, a cash bar will be available from 3:30 pm to 9:15 pm in the tent package for Friday’s racing/fireworks show.

Tickets purchased at the gate Friday for the racing/fireworks tent package will be $25.


Jockeys E. T. Baird, Junior Alvarado and James Graham, the top three reinsmen respectively in 2009 Arlington Park standings, all scored riding doubles on Friday’s twilight racing program.

Baird, 42, a native Chicagoan, remained on top of the local list entering Saturday’s races with 37 wins, while Junior Alvarado, 24, born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, remained one win behind with 36 trips to the winner’s circle.

Irish native James Graham, 30, born in Finglas, Dublin, upped his season total to 32 victories with his two-bagger Friday.

Baird won both halves of Friday’s late daily double, but used different tactics in each race. In the ninth, he nursed Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz home to a masterfully rated front-running tally for trainer Danny Miller, but in the finale he came from far back aboard Curly Cameli, owned by John Thiel and Les Zanotti and conditioned by Joel Berndt.

Dreaming of Liz, incidentally, heroine of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie two years ago, won Arlington’s Double Delta and Sweetest Chant last year but had been off the board in her previous five starts this season.

Alvarado won Friday’s sixth race on Lamont Neinast’s Heavenly Due for trainer Percy Scherbenske and the eighth astride the Rebecca Maker-trained Public Speaker for owner Peter Karahalios.

Graham made his first Friday trip to the winner’s circle on Lido Boni, Robert Fattore, Leo Mateucci and Cristel Racing Stable’s Suave Dottie M. for conditioner Mark Cristel and came back after the seventh on Silver Oak Racing’s Judith’s Lake for trainer Mike Dini.

In Arlington jockey colony updates concerning its two newest members, jockey Fernando Jara rode two winner on Friday night’s racing program at Churchill Downs but is slated for eight mounts Saturday at Arlington, while Jermaine Bridgmohan, who rode at Calder Friday and remains in Miami Saturday, will return to Arlington Sunday with four mounts scheduled for the day.


Business is increasing at locally based two-horse oxygen chamber now in its second Chicago season, according to the chamber’s owner George Ditola.

“When we first brought the chamber here (to Chicagoland last year), we had a little trouble introducing the concept’s benefits,” said Ditola, who practices dentistry locally, “but business is improving steadily this year.

“Being in the medical profession, I knew about oxygen therapy in hospitals and I learned more about the therapy when it began to be used on horses – first in Canada and then in California and Kentucky,” Ditola said. “Basically, what it does is speed up the healing of tissues in the body when the atmospheric pressure is increased.”

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