|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Beginning with the Opening Day program of the 2002 season at Arlington Park on Wednesday, the parking lots at Arlington will open at 11:15 a.m.
Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m.
Post Time for the first race at Arlington Park will be 1 p.m.
Throughout the 107-day session all the above times will be in effect with the exception of special programs later in the season.
The first of those special opening times is Belmont Stakes Day on Saturday, June 8, when gates open at 10:30 a.m. First post is 1 p.m.
Edward P. Evans' Gold Mover, a winner of her last two outings, both in stakes company, has been assigned the top weight of 119 pounds for Saturday's Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap. The seven-furlong test for fillies and mares is the first added money event of the season at Arlington Park and will be contested as part of the initial weekend program of the 2002 meeting at Chicago's premier oval. Eighteen distaffers have been nominated to the extended sprint.
In her last trip to the post on May 4 at Churchill Downs, Gold Mover came from off the pace to score by a head in the Grade I Humana Distaff Handicap as the choice of the Kentucky Derby Day crowd. In her start before that on March 17 at Gulfstream Park, the daughter of Gold Fever won the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Handicap by a length after using the same tactics.
Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold, next in Arlington racing secretary David Bailey's list of weights at 116 pounds, was the victress in Philadelphia Park's $75,000 My Juliet Stakes May 25 in her last trip to the post. In that Mid-Atlantic outing, the Gilded Time filly increased her margin steadily in the lane to win by three and a half lengths.
Co-weighted at 115 pounds for the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap are Louie J. Roussel III's Extended View, a winner of her last two in a row on the Chicago circuit, and West Point Thoroughbreds' Sweet Nanette, clearly the best in her last trip to the post at Churchill Downs.
Carl F. Pollard's Caressing, winner of the Grade III Singapore Plate last year at Arlington, has been assigned 114 pounds for the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap. As a 2-year-old in 2000, Caressing finished second in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie but went on to capture the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and subsequently won an Eclipse Award as the 2-year-old filly champion.
Frank Muench's Meafara, winner of the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap in 1993, finished second in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint in 1992 and 1993.
Superfectas - the exciting exotic wager in which Thoroughbred racing fans are asked to pick the first four finishers in one race in the exact order of their official finish - will be offered on each race with at least seven betting interests every day.
Rolling Pick 3s will be offered on every race, beginning with the second race each afternoon through the third to last race each racing day.
In a Pick 3, Thoroughbred racing fans are asked to pick the winners of three successive races. The concept of a Rolling Pick 3 allows fans to make a new Pick 3 wager on three straight races even though they might have been eliminated from their previous Pick 3 wager by a loss.
There will be no Pick 6 wager at Arlington Park this season.
Fans visiting Arlington Park on Opening Day will be treated to a live appearance by WJMK Magic 104.3 FM personality Dick Biondi, who will be located at the foot of the track's Grand Staircase on the Apron Level. Biondi will be giving away special promotional prizes as well as doing live call-ins back to the station from noon until 3 p.m.
Late nominations to the Grade II Arlington Classic close Wednesday. The first leg of the Mid-America Triple will be contested on June 29 at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.
Veteran reinsman Carlos Silva continues his countdown to 3,000 wins. Through Sunday, Silva had 2,986 career trips to the winner's circle.
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