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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/16/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Jockey Quincy Hamilton, who cracked the 1,000-career win milestone early last month at Arlington during his first season in Chicago, added to his local résumé Wednesday with the first riding triple of his summer at the Northwestern suburban oval.
The 25-year-old Texas native won the second race of the afternoon aboard Jack Brook’s Selina Moon for 2008 Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen, returned to the winner’s circle in the sixth on Del Sol Farm and Hernandez Racing Club’s Voy Por Uno Mas for conditioner Moises Yanez and concluded his afternoon with a tally on Oak Crest Farm and John Adger’s Upperline for Mike Stidham in Wednesday’s seventh event.
Multiple-win days at Arlington have been in fashion of late. On the local oval’s previous racing day last Sunday, jockey Tanner Riggs rode four winners, and during last Saturday’s Million Preview Day, Chicago native E. T. Baird celebrated a five-win afternoon.
Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan, another newcomer the Arlington jockeys’ room this season, rode both halves of Wednesday’s late daily double. As the younger brother of Shaun Bridgmohan – Arlington’s 2005 jockey champion – the native of Jamaica took Wednesday’s eighth event on Highlander’s Devil Me Not for Percy Scherbenske and the finale on Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Seven Mile Bridge for trainer Roussel. That 10-10 double paid $362.60.
Jockey E. T. Baird, who enjoyed a fantastic five-win afternoon last weekend on Arlington’s Million Preview Day, also moved resolutely toward the 2,000-career win mark with that Saturday quintet.
The 42-year-old Chicago native is three wins away from that milestone entering Thursday’s races with five mounts scheduled during the afternoon.
In Thursday’s opener, Baird gets the mount on Richard Ravin’s Ravin Maniac at 4-1 in the morning line odds, returns in the fifth astride Susan Fallon and Genevieve Rafael’s Sarahthetiger (9-2), then comes back right in the sixth on Mark Carroll and Magdalena Racing’s Petecarol (3-1), the seventh on Frank Calabrese’s Built to Precision (3-1), and the eighth aboard Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory (5-1).
The 30th anniversary edition of the Grade III Arlington Oaks – Chicago’s main event restricted to sophomore fillies each summer – highlights the racing program this coming weekend at Arlington Park.
However, on Friday – the eve of filly fixture – Arlington hosts its Miller Lite Party in the Park that this week features a Q-101 concert event with live rock by the band “3 to Go.” First race and first song begins at 2:30 pm.
Later Friday evening, Party on the Patio returns to Trackside Arlington Park with music from the band “Murley Shertz.” The music begins after the last race at approximately 7:15 pm.
On Saturday, Arlington features its “Miller Lite Taste of Summer” in the Park area with entertainment provided by the band “Cover Gurl.”
Also slated Saturday, Trackside Arlington Park will host its first ever live money NTRA/DRF qualifier that will send three players to the 2010 National Handicapping Championship.
Players will keep all winnings from the live bankroll wagering card. The contest will have no entry fee, as players just need to wager $500 using a contest card. The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the contest wins. Advance registration is recommended but walk up entries will be accepted.
Sunday is Family Day at Arlington, offering pony rides and a petting zoo in the Park area, and Arlington’s Junior Jockey Club members will get to meet Arlington’s track veterinarian at noon in the paddock.
Also Sunday, Arlington hosts its eighth annual “Fiesta in the Park” featuring live Marachi bands, Ballet Folklorico dance, as well appearances by players on the Chicago Fire Soccer team.
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