Arlington Park news release
Contact: Brian W. Spencer
RIVELLI, VALDIVIA, PATRICIA’S HOPE LLC CLAIM MEET TITLES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 26, 2015) – Trainer Larry Rivelli, jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. and Vince Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC claimed meet titles at the conclusion of Arlington International Racecourse’s 77-day live meet on Saturday.
Leading the trainer standings from the outset, Rivelli captured his third leading trainer title at Arlington with a total of 72 wins, surpassing his personal best set in 2014 when he tallied 59 wins as leading trainer. Rivelli was also leading trainer at Arlington in 2011. Rivelli’s win count makes him only the second trainer in Arlington history to win 70 races at an Arlington meet, a feat accomplished three times by Wayne Catalano.
During the meet, Rivelli struck with an impressive 30 percent of his starters and was in the money 62 percent of the time. Runner-up Scott Becker also had a stellar meet, winning at 29 percent, while in the money 58 percent of the time.
Breeders’ Cup and Belmont Stakes winner Jose Valdivia, Jr. rode full time at Arlington for the first time this summer and was among the leading riders from the start of the meet. After taking the lead from Mitchell Murrill midway through the season, Valdivia steadily increased his margin to capture the title over Murrill by a tally of 80-72.
Vince Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC spent much of the meet in a battle with William Stiritz at the top of the owner standings but pulled clear in the meet’s final months, finishing with 48 wins. It was Patricia’s Hope’s first leading owner title at any racetrack.
Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 77-day meet in 2015 from Friday, May 1 through Saturday, Sept. 26. Arlington International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates ten off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Chicago, Waukegan, Villa Park, Rockford, South Elgin, Hodgkins, McHenry and Orland Hills. Arlington International Racecourse is a proud member of America’s Best Racing. Information on Arlington International Racecourse and Trackside OTB can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arlingtonpark and www.facebook.com/tracksideotb, and on Twitter at @Arlington_Park for the latest happenings, @arlingtonracing for the latest racing news and @tracksideotb for all things pertaining to off-track wagering.