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Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/17/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Following a riding double Thursday, Arlington’s current leading jockey E. T. Baird is one win away from the 2,000-win milestone for his career.

Baird, 42, a Chicago native and the son of the late longtime Chicago-based jockey Bobby Baird, is slated to ride four mounts Friday beginning with the second race on John Karakourtis’s Bond Street as the morning line 2-1 choice. Bond Street, a son of Unbridled’s Song, is conditioned by Hugh Robertson, the current leading trainer at Arlington’s 2009 summer session.

Other mounts for Baird Friday include the fourth race 8-5 morning line favorite Curly Cameli, owned by John Thiel and Les Zanotti and trained by Joel Berndt; Irene Hock and Jack Bogan’s Brooks Star (9-2) in the seventh race, conditioned by Dale Bennett who is currently runner-up in the trainer standings; and Homewrecker Racing Stable’s Stay Sees Mom (5-1), also a Robertson trainee, in the eighth event.

Baird won Thursday’s seventh race astride Frank Calabrese’s Built to Precision for trainer Nick Canani and came right back in the eighth aboard Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory for trainer Roussel.

Recapturetheglory won last year’s Grade II Illinois Derby and then ran fifth behind Big Brown in the 2008 Kentucky Derby.

Baird enjoyed an eight-win lead over his closest pursuer entering Friday’s program. His best previous local record came in 2007 when he finished third in the jockey standings.

Apprentice jockey Michael Straight, riding at Arlington for the first time this summer, also posted a riding double Thursday, winning the second on Campo, owned and trained by Barrington Phillips, and the captured the seventh on Robert J. Neumeyer’s Miss Fontana for Jimmy DiVito – June’s trainer of the month at Arlington.

With his riding double Thursday, Straight is a challenging one-win behind fellow bug boy Brandon Meier for leading apprentice at the 2009 session. Meier, son of the veteran jockey Randy Meier, won Arlington’s Rising Star Award in 2008.


The latest addition to the Arlington website introduced this week is a Polytrack database powered by Equibase.

Now available is a complete database of every race run at Arlington Park since the start of the 2007 race meet with information regarding track surface, condition, time (expressed in seconds), field size, post position, race winner and its connections, odds, winner’s previous race, winner’s previous workout, winner’s previous record on synthetic tracks, winner’s previous record on turf and payoff information.

This database is updated overnight and is available for viewing each morning through the previous day’s races. Keeneland became the first track to use the Equibase database, and Del Mar will follow Arlington as the third track to use Polytrack statistics provided by Equibase when its meeting opens next Wednesday.

Arlington also offers Polytrack statistics compiled by Joe Kristufek, Daily Herald handicapper – available in Arlington’s daily racing guide as well as online.

Kristufek’s statistics are broken down to also include the percentage of winners of horses that are closers, stalkers, pressers or pacesetters.


Jer-Mar Stable’s Win Willy, winner of Oaklawn’s Grade II Rebel Stakes March 14 and fourth in the Grade II Arkansas Derby April 11 despite suffering a hairline fracture, accomplished his second breeze since resuming training when going four furlongs in :50 flat on Thursday at Arlington.

The son of 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, whose first move was recorded locally one week earlier, is presently stabled in the barn of trainer Hugh Robertson although his trainer of record is McLean Robertson, son of Arlington’s current leading trainer.

Also on Thursday’s work tab was Brian Kahn and Richard O’Neill Trust’s Tizfiz, winner of Santa Anita’s Grade II San Gorgonio Handicap Jan. 4, who breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40.

Tizfiz is now in the hands of Arlington-based conditioner John Good.

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