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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/7/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
With summer ending unofficially on Labor Day weekend, it’s time to look forward to more wintertime activities, and appropriately enough, Arlington Park will present “Blackhawks Legends Day” this Saturday.
The Chicago Blackhawks, Western Conference Semi-Finalists last season, will be saluted by Chicago’s northwest suburban oval, with Blackhawks Hall of Fame legends Bobby Hull and Denis Savard on hand at Arlington for special appearances and autograph signings.
The first 250 guests to check in at the west paddock autograph table will receive a wristband and be guaranteed the opportunity to meet Hull and receive one autograph. After the 250 wristbands have been dispersed, other guests are welcome to wait in line. However, the autograph session will end promptly at 2 pm.
The first 350 guests to check in at the east paddock autograph table will receive a wristband and be guaranteed the opportunity to meet Savard and receive one autograph. After the 350 wristbands have been dispersed, other guests are welcome to wait in line. However, the autograph session will end promptly at 2 pm.
At both autograph sessions, guests without wristbands will not be guaranteed autographs.
It should be noted that only the following items will be permitted into Arlington Park to be autographed: flats, wearable items such as t-shirts, jerseys and hats, as well as pucks.
For the safety of fans as well as participants in the races, hockey sticks and equipment of any kind are not permitted inside Arlington Park.
In addition, Tommy Hawk and the Blackhawks Street Team will be on hand to play various games and pass out prizes, but appearances by current players is subject to availability.
Denis Savard, Michael Pacella and Carol Burkhart’s Our Douglas, renamed in honor of Arlington’s six-time riding champion Rene Douglas after that Panamanian-born reinsman suffered serious injuries May 23 at Arlington, breezed a half-mile in 49 Friday morning over the local Polytrack in preparation for his second career start.
The 2-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic came from far back to finish third in his career debut Aug. 23 when going one mile over a turf course rated “yielding.”
“Rene’s a good friend and he’s going through a lot right now,” said Savard. “I asked his permission to rename this colt. I used the ‘Our’ part of the colt’s name because Rene belongs to all of us.
“The day Rene had his accident, he had worked this colt for the first time out of the gate that morning,” Savard said. “When he came back after the work, Rene told me, ‘I like this colt. You can really have some fun with this one.’”
Douglas, the only man in Arlington Park history to win the local jockey championship for four straight seasons (2001-2004) was recently transferred to a rehab facility in South Florida to be near his family.
This Saturday, 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.
First prize is $1,000 and an entry to the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas in January, 2010.
Second prize is $750 and entry to the DRF/NTRA contest, and third prize $500 and an entry into that same contest.
In lieu of an airline ticket, all three of the contest’s top three winners will receive $500 for those contestants to book their own roundtrip airfare to McCarron Airport in Las Vegas.
Other cash prizes from $1,000 for the fourth place finisher down to $100 for 10th place will also be offered Saturday.
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