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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (7/23/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Jockey E. T. Baird, who passed the 2,000-win milestone earlier this month and enjoyed a five-win afternoon on Million Preview Day July 11, has also gradually increased his lead in the current Arlington jockey standings in recent days.
Entering Thursday’s racing program, the 42-year-old Chicago native is nine wins in front of his nearest rival.
The Irish-born jockey James Graham has assumed the second spot in recent days, currently enjoying a one-win advantage over Junior Alvarado, who recently rejoined the local jockeys’ race following a brief suspension.
Following Baird, with 57 wins entering Thursday are Graham with 48, Alvarado with 47, Inez Karlsson with 35, and Chris Emigh with 34.
With a riding triple Wednesday at Arlington, veteran reinsman Eddie Razo has accumulated 32 winners at the meeting – enough to challenge for a position in Arlington Park’s top five this summer.
Razo, 43, born in Mexico City but a longtime Long Grove resident, won Wednesday’s sixth aboard Ken Sentel and Judy Dorris’s Gentle Lana for trainer Tom Dorris, came right back to the winner’s circle after the sixth with Charles Sigrist’s Hello Jake for Moises Yanez and completed his three straight wins with Steve Mongerson’s Da Mama in the eighth for trainer Tom Amoss.
The all-Razo Pick 3 lit up the tote board with an eye-popping payoff of $2,036.40 based on a $2 wager.
French-born jockey Florent Geroux, now in his second season as a member of Arlington Park’s jockey colony, combined his talents with those of veteran Chicago-based trainer Tom Swearingen to bookend the Wednesday program at the local oval.
Geroux, who celebrated his 23rd birthday in July, rode Robert Bockel and Leonard Denk and Tom Swearingen Racing Stable’s Rave and Riches to victory in Wednesday opener for a $7 straight price, and the trainer then hoisted Geroux aboard Dean Caras’ Hot Rosy to win the afternoon’s finale. That filly paid $18.60 to win.
The prospective field for Arlington’s internationally flavored Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 8 is still unsettled, but one likely entrant is located right here in Chicago and breezed five-eighths in 1:05 Wednesday with the “dogs” well out from the rail over a local turf course rated “good.”
Jean and Ted Barlas and Michael Porcaro’s Quiet a Handful, who finished second by three-quarters in the $211,000 Oliver Stakes July 7 at Indiana Downs, accomplished that move under the watchful eye of veteran local conditioner Andy Hansen and then galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.20.
The community of Hoffman Estates will be honored July 25-July 26 at Arlington Park during Arlington’s weekly recognition of municipalities in the vicinity of Chicago’s northwest suburban oval.
In addition to having a race for the community, and the opportunity to have the mayor of that community present the trophy for that race, Hoffman Estates will be represented at the track by various local organizations such as police and fire departments as well as local charities.
Arlington Park formed its Junior Jockey Club several years ago to entertain children 12 and under each Sunday, but this week’s scheduled activity is an annual favorite among younger racing fans.
At noon, Junior Jockey Club members will meet in the paddock and subsequently take a tour out to the Arlington Park starting gate as one of their most anticipated sessions.
Pony rides and a petting zoo are weekly features at Arlington’s Sunday Family Day, with this Sunday’s theme presented by the Schaumburg Flyers baseball team.
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