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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (8/20/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
It’s a last dance for Mary Jane – and everyone else – when the final “Party On The Patio” of Arlington’s 2009 racing season gets underway at Trackside Arlington Park shortly after the 10th and final race of Friday’s twilight racing program.
“Party On The Patio,” the increasingly popular fixture of recent seasons at the local oval, combines the entertainment of bands that play classic rock with great food offered off an outdoor grill.
Closing down the local show this weekend is the group “The Meteors” with their music kicking off the party at 7:15 pm.
Popular Chicago morning disk jockey Lin Brehmer of WXRT will be bringing his show to Arlington Park Friday from 11 am-2 pm with a special live broadcast from the Miller Lite Band Stage, allowing the local personality a rare chance to sleep in before kicking off Friday’s “Party In The Park.”
Brehmer’s show will feature special guests “The Waco Brothers” and singer-songwriter Alice Peacock on hand for live musical performances.
Including this weekend, Arlington Park will offer three more sessions of “Miller Lite Party In The Park” before that outdoor entertainment venue ends on Labor Day weekend.
This Friday the musical entertainment in the Park Area will be provided by “Libido Funk Circus” – with first race of Arlington’s 10-race program as well as the band’s first song beginning at 2:30 pm.
The closest race for leading rider honors at Arlington Park since the 2006 local racing season continued at the end of Thursday’s racing program just as it had begun, with Junior Alvarado leading James Graham by one victory.
Irish-born jockey James Graham, 30, won Thursday’s third race aboard Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Drivingmaxandmitzi for trainer Hector Magana to temporarily tie Alvarado with 69 wins for the season, but Venezuelan-born Junior Alvarado, 24, came right back in the fourth to toast the 70-win mark on Alberto Espana’s Cerveza for trainer Marco Salazar.
The current battle between Arlington’s top two reinsman is reminiscent of the summer of 2006 when eventual jockey champion Chris Emigh was constantly pressed by Francisco Torres until the final days of the meeting.
Still within easy striking distance of Alvarado and Graham is Chicago-born jockey E. T. Baird, 42, with 62 wins through Thursday. Baird, it should be remembered, already posted one five-win afternoon on Million Preview Day July 11.
Spanish-born Arlington Park jockey Diego Sanchez, who finished 18th in last year’s final standings at the local oval, solidified his position as one of Arlington’s top 10 this season by riding both halves of Wednesday’s Daily Double, guiding both of those favorites home after gaining the advantage in the vicinity of the furlong grounds.
In Wednesday’s opener, the native of Seville, Spain, hustled Al Moorhouse’s Wayoff to a 1 3/4-length tally for trainer Jimmy Gulick, and came right back to the winner’s circle after the second after riding Adrian Roman and Roberto Dominguez’ Step Sister to a half-length win for trainer Ida Spagnola.
Wayoff paid a win mutuel of $5.60, while Step Sister returned a straight price of $5.
Wednesday’s all-Sanchez Daily Double returned $17.60.
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