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Arlington Park Barn Notes (6/28/09)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

RUMOR HAS IT – ‘SHORTY’ GOES LONG IN POLAR EXPEDITION

Saturday’s $52,500 Polar Expedition at 1 3/4 miles over Arlington’s Polytrack was designed as a potential prep for horses being considered for the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon in early November, and it may have hooked an interested party with the connections of Saturday’s winner Rumor Has It.

“The owners and I talked about that (the BC Marathon) a little bit right after yesterday’s race,” said winning trainer David Hinsley during training hours Sunday morning. “They (James Glenn and William Patterson) bred this horse as well and we’re probably going to consider that Breeders’ Cup race down the line.

“We’ll probably take a look at the Rossi Gold for his next start (1 3/16 miles on the grass Aug. 1) for his next start,” said Hinsley, “and after that – if all goes well – we’ll think about the (Grade III) Stars and Stripes (at 12 furlongs on the grass Sept. 7) and then that same race we won last year down at Kentucky Downs (Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup) after that.”

“It takes these horses a little more time between races when they go that far,” said Hinsley, “so if he’s still doing well after all that, we would certainly take a look at the Marathon. We’d wait and see what kind of horses might be coming from Europe. Those horses over there are bred to go all day, but horses over here are most bred for speed.

“That (speed) could really be an advantage for our horse against the Europeans,” Hinsley said. “Wesley Ward just went over there (to Great Britain’s prestigious Royal Ascot meeting) and stole a couple of races with speed horses.”

In Saturday’s Polar Expedition, Rumor Has It drew off by 20 lengths under Eddie “Shorty” Perez in the early going, was able to relax on the lead and then had plenty left for the stretch run to win by more than five lengths.

“That’s the key – to get him to relax,” said Hinsley. “We got lucky yesterday. If he gets pushed too much right away, he loses interest. Some days, you get nothing but it’s always worth taking the chance.”

THURSDAY ONLINE DEADLINE FOR RACING/FIREWORKS TENT PACKAGE

Racing fans and fireworks fans are reminded that Thursday is the last day to make discounted reservations in the Marquee Tent Area for Friday’s Racing/Fireworks package.

The $20 online discount reservation price ($10 for children 12 and under) is only available through the end of business hours Thursday – one day prior to Arlington’s racing/fireworks combined showcase event.

Included in the advance online pack is premium seating in the Marquee tents and the grassy area in front of the tents.

However, 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 reserved tent area.

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

ARLINGTON BLOGGER/JOCKEY TIM THORNTON WINS DAILY DOUBLE

Arlington Park jockey Tim Thornton, who does double duty as one of a trio of bloggers on Arlington’s website, also won both halves of Saturday’s Daily Double at Arlington.

Thornton, 22, a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, won Saturday’s opener astride Dorothy Y for owner-trainer Terry Young, and came right back to the winner’s circle after the second race aboard Bradley Bedell and Barr Three’s Lil Cora Tee for trainer Steve Fridley.

Arlington Park asked Thornton to join its website team as a blogger this season – an added duty for which he has received rave reviews.

Also riding two winners Saturday at Arlington was Swedish-born jockey Inez Karlsson who rode back-to-back winners in the eighth and ninth races astride Hugh Robertson’s Simply The Fox and R Plus Partner’s Greeley’s Angel respectively.

Trainer Jimmy DiVito was saddling his second winner of the afternoon with Greeley’s Angel, after scoring with Lonny Ogus, Joseph Paglini and Vincent Swartz Jr.'s Garboso in the seventh.

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