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Arlington Park

Arlington Park Barn Notes - (9/23/11)

Contact: Graham Ross

In today's notes:


There was little movement Thursday in the race for leading rider honors at Arlington with current leader James Graham and current runner-up J. Z. Santana both going winless, and although current third-place jockey Junior Alvarado had one winner during the day, the riding star of the afternoon was jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan with a riding triple.

The 23-year-old Jamaican-born reinsman won Thursday’s opener aboard Dale Wessels’ Gilded Quest for trainer Tom Swearingen, came back to the winner’s circle to take the fifth on Power Ten Farm’s At the Finish for conditioner Jere Smith Jr., and then bookended the program astride Boss Girl, owned by MSN Equine Group and trained by Donna Dupuy.

The afternoon’s hat trick moved Bridgmohan, who rode his 500th career winner earlier this summer, to the cusp of the top 10 in the riding standings with Friday, Saturday and Sunday programs remaining in Arlington’s 2011 86-day meeting.

Bridgmohan, who won the $100,000 Arlington Sprint here in July aboard Silverton Hill’s Havelock after capturing the $125,000 Indiana Distaff three days earlier astride Jean and Ted Barlas and Mike Porcaro’s Trac N Jam, will journey along with agent Jon Suwanski to Chicago’s southside for a fall campaign at Hawthorne.


Angela Hillebrand Suwanski, daughter of the late longtime Illinois owner and breeder John Hillebrand, and wife of Arlington jockey agent Jon Suwanski, is continuing her recovery both emotionally and physically from her tragic personal ordeal last month.

Mrs. Suwanski donated a kidney to her father in August in an attempt to save his life, but Mr. Hillebrand died shortly after the surgery. Arlington Park observed a public moment of silence in Mr. Hillebrand’s memory shortly after his death.

“(Angela)’s coming along slowly,” said Jon Suwanski of his wife Thursday morning. “She’s just taking it day-by-day. What she went through is a lot to overcome, but she’s a tough woman. She’ll be all right, eventually. It’ll just take some time.”


Arlington Park trainer Danny Miller, who had successful surgery to implant a new pacemaker in his chest in early June, continues his own recovery from the operation that necessitated making a baseball-size pocket in his chest to put the new pacemaker in.

“The old one I had implanted in 2007 was smaller, but it wasn’t doing the job anymore,” Miller explained.

“I’ll get better as time goes on,” said Miller during training hours this week – more than three months after the surgery. “I’ve gained some weight, and that’s good, but I’ll probably never completely be back all the way.”

Miller, who had the operation on a Tuesday, was released from the hospital the next morning in time to saddle Dennis Becker and Rick Bost’s Minnie Sunshine in the second half of that Wednesday’s Daily Double.

Minnie Sunshine, a 4-year-old daughter of 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava, has continued to blossom for Miller this summer.

“She’s a pretty nice filly and I’ve had some good luck with her this season,” said Miller. “She’s won three of five races for me this summer.”


A memorial service for longtime Arlington trainer Tommy Tomillo, who died just over a year ago, will be held Friday at Arlington Park after the 10th race of the 11-race program.

Tomillo, a Chicago native who was 66-years-old at the time of his death on Sept. 1, 2010, began training at Arlington in 1971, had saddled 376 at Arlington during his career and ranked 17th among Arlington’s all-time leading trainers entering Arlington’s 2011 season.

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