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Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/16/09)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


Thoroughbred racing fans and guests of Arlington Park are reminded that due to the waning daylight hours of late September, post time for the last two Friday twilight racing programs on Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 has been pushed back to at 2 pm.

Arlington Park brings down the curtain on its 2009 Thoroughbred racing season on Sunday, Sept. 27.


Thoroughbred racing handicapper Stanley Bavlish of Las Vegas, Nevada, who was crowned as the national champion of the 2007 Daily Racing Form-National Thoroughbred Racing Association (DRF-NTRA) handicapping contest in Las Vegas, came to Chicago last week to underscore his obvious talent Sept. 12 at Arlington Park by taking first place honors in the Arlington Park qualifier.

Bavlish scored with a final bankroll $13,630.20 at Arlington to earn a berth in the upcoming 2010 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas in January. He took down winning honors in last Saturday’s final race at Arlington with a $1 Pick 3 that paid $10,222.10.

Contestants were made to anxiously await confirmation of the results after an objection was lodged against the long shot winner – Circle W Farms’ Mesmerite, trained by Manny Perez and ridden by Florent Geroux. The stewards ruled that the results would stand.

Mesmarite paid $100.80 to win.

“It’s always thrilling to win one of these things,” said Bavlish Wednesday. “Also, it gives me some vindication for not qualifying last year, when the mutuel machine I was using at Delaware Park froze up on me and I didn’t get my bets in for the last race. That cost me my chance to qualify.

“That was a ‘bad beat,’ but what happened last Saturday was a ‘good beat’,” said Bavlish. “Sometimes these things even out.

“Don’t forget to tell everybody that I use to handicap,” concluded Bavlish. “I’ve used it for years.”

Dave Flanzbaum of Rolling Meadows, Illinois (immediately adjacent to Arlington Park) placed second last Sunday with a final bankroll of $12,730.

Don Allen, of Bradley, Illinois, placed third with a final bankroll of $5,872.80 to round out the top three.

However, because Flanzbaum had previously qualified for the 2010 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, fourth place finisher Creighton Schoenfeldt of Chicago, Illinois, earned the third and final berth into the 2010 Championship with a bankroll of $3,452.50 at the end of the day.

This was the first year the Arlington Park qualifier featured a high limit live money format. Players began with a $2,500 bankroll and had to bet a minimum of eight races from Arlington Park and a minimum of $250 per race. Players could wager on any Arlington pool.


Although the $100.80 straight mutuel recorded at Arlington Park in last Saturday’s final race had immense ramifications in the local qualifier for the 2010 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship, it was not the largest win price of the 2009 Arlington season.

A win price of $161.20 was recorded Sept. 4 in Arlington’s third race when Alton Ison and Ed Majel’s Strong Threat took down winning honors.

In that race, Strong Threat also paid $65.60 to place – a 2009 record to date at Arlington – and also ignited a season-high Pick 4 payoff of $41,452.60 and a season-high trifecta payoff of $37,582.

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