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|Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/23/09)
Contact: Graham Ross
In today's notes:
Jockey Junior Alvarado, who has been Arlington’s leading rider most of the summer, rode a quartet of winners during Sunday’s 10-race program to gain a four-win advantage in the local jockey’s standing entering Thursday’s 10-race card.
Four racing days remain in Arlington’s 2009 racing season before Chicago’s northwest suburban oval brings down the curtain Sunday evening.
Alvarado, 24, kicked off his banner Sunday by riding both halves of the Daily Double, taking the opener on Richard Perkins’ Avy Baby for trainer David Hinsley and coming right back in the second aboard Greg Besinger’s Snake River Canyon for Arlington’s perennial leading conditioner Wayne Catalano. The all-Alvarado Double paid $89.80.
The native of Barquisimeto, Venezuela, came back to the winner’s circle after Sunday’s fourth race on Dan Passaglia’s Twisting Road for trainer Dale Bennett and concluded his win quartet in the seventh aboard Denis Savard, Michael Pacella and Carol Burkhart’s Our Douglas, trained by Tom Proctor.
Interestingly, Alvarado’s four-win day came one day after runner-up James Graham celebrated his own four-bagger Saturday afternoon. Jockey Jesus Castanon, who arrived at Arlington following the conclusion of Saratoga’s summer meeting on Labor Day, also rode four winners on Saturday’s program.
Alvarado is listed aboard five mounts Thursday while Graham is named astride nine, and on Friday Alvarado has four mounts with Graham once again named on nine.
When the curtain falls on Arlington Park’s 2009 Thoroughbred racing season Sunday, there will be two kinds of “horsepower” on display for the Chicago oval’s closing day festivities.
In addition to the 10-race card of Thoroughbred races, the track will play host to its inaugural “HORSEPOWER” event that features the fastest examples of horsepower both on the track and under the hood.
Arlington guests will be able to view a variety of “Famous Four Wheels” car exhibits throughout the Park and get the chance have their pictures taken inside Michael Andretti’s 1986 Indianapolis 500 car.
Also on exhibit from the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars” will be the “Doc Hudson” car (a 1951 Hudson Hornet); the record-breaking 1500HP “Blowfish” car (a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda) that has reached 255 miles per hour; a 1966 Ford Mustang once owned and driven by racing icon Carroll Shelby; a 1970 flex-fuel Chevy Nova boasting 1,000 horsepower; a 1940 Ford convertible with 552 horsepower; and a rare 1956 Chrysler 300B.
Other activities with that same theme will include interactive areas with “Pit Stop Challenge” and “Wii” racing competition. Fittingly, live entertainment will be provided by the musical group “Stingray.”
Arlington Park guests and football fans are invited to make Chicago’s northwest suburban oval their Sunday destination one more time in 2009 this weekend.
Football fans can pay just $4 for general admission to Arlington Sunday by purchasing their tickets online by using the coupon code “PIGSKINS.”
Also attractive to football fans Sunday will be the “Pigskins and Ponies Pick-6 Challenge,” where they can test their Pick-6 abilities in a free contest that challenges them to pick three winners of selected horse races and three winners of selected football games during the afternoon.
Chicago Bears legends Dan Hampton and Doug Buffone will be on hand at Arlington Park Saturday to greet guests and sign autographs.
The two local NFL greats will be in Arlington’s paddock area from 3 pm until 4 pm in an event open to all Arlington guests, but autographs are not guaranteed past 4 pm.
Thoroughbred racing fans and guests of Arlington Park are reminded that due to the waning daylight hours of late September, post time for Friday’s twilight racing program has been pushed back to 2 pm.
Arlington Park brings down the curtain on its 2009 racing season this Sunday.
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