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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/5/09)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com

In today's notes:

SECRETARIAT STAKES VETS MEET AGAIN IN MONDAY’S HONOR GLIDE

Sophomore turf stakes veterans Proceed Bee, Quite a Handful and Giant Oak, who finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively in last month’s Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington, face each other again as well as three others in Monday’s $50,000-added Honor Glide Stakes, one of four stakes slated for the Labor Day racing program on the second of only two Monday programs at Arlington this season.

Proceed Bee was never far back in the Aug. 8 Secretariat despite being forced to steady early, and ran fourth beaten only a length and a half in Arlington’s Grade II American Derby July 11 before that. The Kentucky-bred gelding is owned by William Stiritz, trained by Scott Becker, and will be ridden by Chris Emigh once again Monday.

Quite a Handful, who gained ground late in the Secretariat after previously finishing second by three-quarters in the $200,000 Oliver Stakes July 7 at Indiana Downs, is owned by Jean and Ted Barlas and Michael Porcaro, trained by Andy Hansen, will be ridden by E. T. Baird for the first time Monday.

Giant Oak ran second in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne April 2, was switched to a grass campaign and won the Arlington Classic May 23, finished fifth but was placed fourth after being bothered in the American Derby, and then raced wide when seventh in the Secretariat. The son of Giant’s Causeway is owned by the Virginia Tarra Trust, trained by Chris Block and will be ridden once again by Eddie Razo.

Completing the field for the Honor Glide are: Nancy Vanier and G.O.B. Racing’s Ocean Ace, trained by Brian Williamson with Lyndie Wade in the irons; WinStar Farm’s Empty Handed, conditioned by Shannon Ritter with Junior Alvarado aboard; and Hugh Robertson’s Grizzled Robert, trained by the owner with James Graham up.

Heading Labor Day’s four-stakes program is the 78th running of the Grade III Stars and Stripes Handicap at a mile and a half on the grass, but also on the card are the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf and the $100,000 Sea o’ Erin at a mile over the lawn.

ARLINGTON’S LABOR DAY WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT HIGHLIGHTS

Sunday of Labor Day weekend and Labor Day Monday are both Family Days at Arlington Park, with pony rides and a petting zoo offered both days. Gates open at 11:15 am on both days and post time will be at 1 pm.

The Chicago Fire professional soccer team will have a player on hand at Arlington in the Park area, as well as interactive elements the whole family can enjoy.

Sunday also will offer the final Junior Jockey Club meeting of the 2009 Arlington season, and as a way to say “Thank You” Arlington is throwing a party for all card-carrying members of the JJC. While new member sign-ups will be offered, those sign-ups will be for the 2010 season and not eligible for party participation.

On Monday, in addition to the special “Family Day” activities, there will be live music by the band “The Brave” in the Park Area, and if weather permits, there will be nine-turf races on the 10-race program to make up Arlington’s “Turf Showcase.”

In addition, if weather allows the Turf Showcase to remain on the grass, there will be a $100,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool on the day’s final four races and all turf races with eight or more betting interests will offer a Guaranteed Turf Trifecta pool of $75,000.

Also, Arlington handicappers Joe Kristufek and Brian Spencer will be conducting “Learn to Win” Seminars at the West Kiosk on the clubhouse apron from 1 pm to 2 pm and at the East Kiosk near the Park Area from 2:30 pm until 4 pm.

BLACKHAWKS LEGENDS DAY, NTRA/DRF HANDICAPPING CONTEST SEPT. 12

The Chicago Blackhawks, Western Conference Semi-Finalists last season, will be saluted by Arlington Park on Saturday, September 12, during “Blackhawks Legends Day.”

Blackhawks’ Hall of Fame legends Bobby Hull and Denis Savard will be on hand for special appearances and autograph signings.

In addition, Tommy Hawk and the Blackhawks Street Team will be on hand to play various games and pass out prizes.

Also on Saturday, Sept. 12, Arlington Park will host its first ever High Limit Showcase, a live money NTRA/DRF qualifier that will send three players to the 2010 National Handicapping Championship.

The contest will have no entry fee, and players just need to wager $2,500 using a contest card. The player with the highest bankroll at the end of the contest wins.

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