Arlington Park Barn Notes - (8/17/11)
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ARLINGTON’S FESTIVAL WEEKEND CARRYOVERS AVAILABLE THURSDAY
Three carryover pools that grew over the course of Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing weekend will be up for grabs Thursday when live racing returns to Chicago’s northwest suburban oval.
Arlington’s Pick-6 carryover pool of $15,872 is estimated to swell to about $25,000 by the time Thursday’s fifth race leaves the gate. Arlington’s Pick-6 is based on a $1 wager in which players are asked to pick the winners of Arlington’s fifth through 10th races Thursday on the same ticket.
Arlington’s Pick-5 carryover pool of $6,207 is also estimated to balloon to approximately $25,000 by the time Thursday’s sixth race goes off. Arlington’s Pick-5 is based on a 50-cent wager where fans must pick the winners of the sixth through 10th races on the same ticket. As an added incentive, the Pick-5 is enhanced by a low 15 percent takeout on the wager.
Arlington’s Place Pick-9 carryover pool is $6,687 entering Thursday and is estimated to grow to approximately $15,000 by the time Arlington’s first race goes to the post at 1 pm. In the Place Pick-9, which is based on a $1 wager, speculators are required to have their selected horses finish first or second on the same ticket in Thursday’s first through ninth races.
O’BRIEN’S TWO STARTERS MAKE HIM TOP MONEY-WINNING TRAINER
Ireland’s ubiquitous globetrotting trainer Aidan O’Brien zeroed in on Arlington Park Saturday with his first two starters of the local season, and by the time the day was over he had become Arlington’s top money-winning trainer of the 2011 session.
That’s because O’Brien’s two equine invaders were the Irish-bred Arlington Million XXIX winner Cape Blanco, owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, and the British-bred Treasure Beach, also owned by Smith, Mrs. Magnier and Tabor.
Together, Cape Blanco and Treasure Beach gave O’Brien purse earnings of $808,800, third highest among single-day earnings amassed by any conditioner on Arlington Million Day.
The late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel recorded single-day purse earnings of $840,000 when he won the 2002 Arlington Million with the British-bred Beat Hollow, owned and bred by Juddmonte Farms, and the 2002 Secretariat Stakes with the Kentucky-bred Chiselling, also owned and bred by Juddmonte.
However, the largest single-day purse earnings recorded by any trainer on Arlington Million Day was also registered by Frankel in 2000 when the Million had a $2 million purse and the winner was Chester House, also owned and bred by Juddmonte in Kentucky. The winner’s purse earnings that year were $1,200,000.
Interestingly, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ciro, owned by Jayeff B. Stable, won the Secretariat Stakes that year.
Arlington-based trainer Chris Block, who had recorded purse earnings of $656,628 through Sunday’s 61st racing day of Arlington’s 86-day 2011 season, appears the most likely of those who could catch O’Brien as Arlington’s top money-winning trainer by the time the local session ends Sept. 25.
Due to their 2011 Arlington Million win with Cape Blanco, the ownership group of Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor are now Arlington’s leading money-winning owners with $576,000 in purse earnings, but owner William Stiritz has purse earnings of $543,514 and is in a position to easily surpass that group.
MILLER, DIVITO, SANTANA AND SANCHEZ ALL GET SUNDAY DOUBLES
Conditioners Danny Miller and Jimmy DiVito both scored training doubles Sunday at Arlington, with Miller saddling Marco Bommarito’s You’re Too Wild to win the third race and returning to the winner’s circle after the ninth with Miller Racing Stable’s Phoenix Force.
DiVito, who had a training triple here earlier this season, won back-to-back races Sunday, taking the seventh with Lee Battaglia’s Macho Coach and the eighth with William Cox’s Ann of the Dance.
Arlington’s current leading jockey J. Z. Santana won both halves of Sunday’s Daily Double, winning the opener on American Star Racing Stable’s Proud Osceola for trainer Steve Fridley and the second aboard Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock’s Free Ticket for Mike Maker.
Spanish-born rider Diego Sanchez won Sunday’s sixth race on Jose Nava’s Miss Palatine for trainer Gary Delong and was also astride Ann of the Dance for DiVito in the eighth.
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