Chicago Barn to Wire BRIS
Home | News | Bloggers | Forums | Resources | Links | Marketplace | Gallery | Contact Us | Search
Chicago racing newsletter sign-up
Upcoming events
Arlington Million
Legislation

Home
News Updates

Previous stories

Arlington
Balmoral
Hawthorne
Maywood
Sportsman's
Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Tribune
Daily Herald
Blood-Horse
Daily Racing Form
Harness Link
Illinois Racing Board

2014
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

2013
Breeders' Cup
Hawthorne Gold Cup
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

2012
Breeders' Cup
Hawthorne Gold Cup
Arlington Million
Triple Crown
Illinois Derby

 

 

 

 

Arlington Park

Arlington Park Barn Notes (9/13/12)

Contact: Graham Ross
graham.ross@arlingtonpark.com


In today's notes:

TRAINER LUNSFORD MOVING UP ON HER UNLIKELY PATH TO ARLINGTON

As a single parent with an 8-year-old daughter Tori at home on her farm in downstate Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and a relatively small stable to oversee, you wouldn’t think that trainer Kim Lunsford would have had the time to bring her horses to Arlington for the first time this summer.

Nevertheless, there she was, proudly posing in the winner’s circle during the first week of September along with owner Tom Rinaudo and the 3-year-old filly Lady Haddassah, who had just won a one-mile turf test on Thoroughbred racing’s center stage in Chicago. Lunsford had claimed Lady Haddassah for Rinaudo out of a winning race over Churchill’s Louisville lawn last spring, but her September tally was the first in three starts for her new connections.

However, given Lunsford’s background, it’s a little hard to figure out how she ever got around to training horses at all.

As a native of St. Louis, Missouri, Lunsford was in the midst of a successful career in advertising, working for the agency that had the massive Anheuser-Busch account.

“I did office work for several years, but over time I got tired of it,” said Lunsford. “I wanted to try something new. I’d gone to the races at Fairmount a lot, and I really loved horses, and that’s how this all got started.”

Somewhat of a courageous decision, one would think.

“Either a very courageous one, or a very stupid one,” Lunsford said. “I don’t have much free time anymore, and I don’t have any benefits anymore, but I do absolutely love what I do.”

That involves leaving Arlington on its non-racing days and making the weekly drive downstate to the farm where she keeps a couple of broodmares.

“I got my first trainer’s license in 1989,” Lunsford said. “That’s how I first met my ex- husband. In those days he was a jockey but now he trains horses, too. We had three children who are now grown – Dustin, 30; Neil, 27; and Katie, 21 - and two granddaughters as well.”

Although she doesn’t look old enough to have grandchildren, Lunsford admits to being 50 years old.

“Why should I try to keep that a secret?” Lunsford said. “What’s the point in doing that?

“I’ve raced at Tampa, Calder and Hialeah in the past,” Lunsford said, “and I’ve held a trainer’s license in Kentucky for quite awhile, but I didn’t take out my license in Illinois until a little over three months ago.

“I won my first race at Arlington in July with a filly named Remembermealways, who is also owned by Tom,” Lunsford said. “He’s the only owner I have. I’ve known him for 14 years now – but believe me – most of the time he’s like having 20 owners. He calls me seven days a week, multiple times every day and a lot of times we don’t agree on things. It’s almost like we’re a family the way we argue with each other.

“And now,” Lunsford concluded, speaking in perhaps only seemingly frustrated tones, “now he’s learning how to text.”

PAT DAY HAD HIS BIGGEST DAY AT ARLINGTON 23 YEARS AGO

Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who won the 1994 Arlington Million on Masayuki Nishiyama’s Paradise Creek and also four Arlington jockey championships over the course of his career, celebrated his biggest day at Arlington 23 years ago on September 13, 1989, when he won eight of the afternoon’s nine races and finished second in the only other race of the day during the initial season of Arlington’s rebuilt facility.

REMINDER: FRIDAY’S POST TIME NOW 2 PM

Due to September’s waning daylight hours, Arlington guests and fans of Arlington’s simulcast signal are reminded that Friday’s remaining scheduled twilight racing programs will begin with a first race post of 2 pm.

Arlington’s 2012 racing season comes to a close on Sunday, September 30.

- END -



index sitemap advanced
search engine by freefind

 

 


Recent headlines

Hawthorne meet opens with full fields, small purses (10/1)

Status quo dates for Illinois racing in 2015 (10/1)

Fairmount dates and news for 2015 (10/1)

Illinois Racing Board cuts back live horse racing (9/30)

Far fewer race dates in Chicago in 2015 (9/30)

Arlington meet closes with 19 percent dip in handle (9/30)

Hawthorne to offer twist to Pick 6 for Fall Thoroughbred meet (9/30)

Female jockey punches another at Arlington (9/29)

Female jockey punches opponent in the face (9/29)

Support for Fairmount Park becomes issue in legislative race (9/28)


 

 

Home | News Updates | Bloggers | Forums | Search
Resources | Links | Marketplace | Gallery | Advertising | Contact Us

Copyright © 2000-2014 Chicago Barn to Wire. All rights reserved.
Privacy policy