|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Meadow Stable's Secretariat and Calumet Farm's Citation - two of the 11 horses who won Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown - are among 12 subjects featured in four-color photos within Arlington Park's new mid-year calendar.
The calendar, which begins in June of 2002 and runs through May of next year, will be given away to the first 10,000 people with paid admissions Saturday at Arlington Park during the first weekend of racing this year at Chicago's premier oval. The 134th running of Grade I Belmont Stakes, third leg of this spring's Triple Crown, will be contested Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park in New York, and be simulcast to Arlington as part the local afternoon racing program. Fans in attendance at Arlington will be able to wager directly into the Belmont pool or into a separate Illinois pool.
War Emblem, now owned by The Thoroughbred Corp., will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in Thoroughbred racing history by capturing Saturday's Belmont after winning the Grade I Kentucky Derby and Grade I Preakness earlier this spring. Like Secretariat and Citation before him, War Emblem has strong connections to Arlington Park and Illinois racing. War Emblem formerly raced in the silks of revered Arlington Park owner Russell L. Reineman, and broke his maiden at first asking at the local oval October 4. The colt, out of an Illinois-bred mare, won the Grade II Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park in April.
Secretariat, featured this June in a montage on Arlington Park's new calendar, won the Triple Crown in 1973 and on June 30 of that triumphant season came to the local oval to win the Arlington Invitational.
Citation, the last Triple Crown winner prior to Secretariat, had captured the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes 25 years earlier. Later, on July 4 of that summer of 1948, the Calumet color bearer came to Arlington Park to win the Stars and Stripes Handicap.
Should War Emblem win the Belmont on Saturday, he will become the first Triple Crown winner in 24 years. Harbor View Farm's Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978.
Featured in Saturday's giveaway calendar at Arlington Park for July is the great Cigar, owned by the late Allen E. Paulson, who won the Arlington-Citation Challenge on July 13, 1996.
For August, Arlington honors Dotsam Stable's John Henry, winner of the inaugural Grade I Arlington Million in 1981. That gallant gelding came back three years later to capture the Arlington Million in 1984, becoming the only two-time winner of the signature race of the local season.
Saturday's giveaway calendar at Arlington Park also comes with coupons valid at various times of the year for free admission to the track, free preferred parking, and discounts on food and beverage items.
Carl F. Pollard's Caressing, winner of the Grade III Singapore Plate last year at Arlington Park, is among those entered in Saturday's Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, the featured event on the opening weekend program at Chicago's premier oval.
As a 2-year-old in 2000, Caressing won the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and was subsequently awarded an Eclipse Award as the 2-year-old filly champion. The daughter of Honour and Glory had finished second in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie earlier that fall. Caressing has been assigned 114 pounds by Arlington racing secretary David Bailey for Saturday's seven-furlong filly and mare test.
Caressing is presently in foal to Fusaichi Pegasus, winner of the 2000 Kentucky Derby.
For the first time in Arlington Park history, females led both the jockey and trainer standings at the local oval - albeit briefly.
Aboveallcall, owned by James Harris, made the pace most of the way and held on willingly to capture to first race on Arlington's opening day program by a nose. The chestnut gelding is trained by Rickey Harris, wife of the owner.
Jockey Zoe Cadman became Arlington Park's all time leading female rider following her hard-fought victory astride Aboveallcall, besting the mark owned by Donna Barton-Brothers.
Brothers, now retired from the saddle, is the wife of trainer Frankie Brothers and the daughter of Patti Barton, the first female rider to achieve the 1,000-win milestone.
Female dominance at Arlington Park in the jockey and trainer standings proved short-lived when Frank C. Calabrese's Meadowminer, trained by Wayne Catalano and ridden by Rene Douglas, took down winning honors in the second race on the opening day program Wednesday.
Catalano won the training title at Arlington Park in 2000 but finished three wins behind Chicago newcomer Jerry Hollendorfer in the 2001 standings. That Northern California-based conditioner saddled Trickey Trevor, the winner of Wednesday's seventh race to draw even with Catalano following the first racing day in 2002. Trickey Trevor is owned by Hollendorfer and Marta Racing Ventures.
Meadowminer, a winner of three of four career starts at Arlington, is a son of 1985 Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Meadowlake and a grandson of Hold Your Peace, who won that same local 2-year-old showcase event in 1971. The Catalano trainee's dam is a daughter of Maudlin, sire of 1996 Arlington Million winner Mecke.
Trickey Trevor is undefeated, with both of his winning efforts coming at Arlington. Prior to Wednesday's win, the Florida-bred had captured his debut here last July.
Rene Douglas, back at Arlington Park to defend his local jockey championship garnered last season, was the riding star of Wednesday's opening day program with three winners during the afternoon.
In addition to tallies aboard Meadowminer and Trickey Trevor, the Panamian-born reinsman took the sixth race astride James & Ywachetta Driver's Red Wildcat.
"I'm really glad I got off to another good start," said Douglas Thursday. "I hope I have another good year. I really like it here at Arlington. It's a beautiful place."
Thoroughbred Today, the Arlington Park replay show telecast on CLTV, will be shown Friday at midnight because of a scheduled conflict with Chicago White Sox baseball. Regular airtime for Thoroughbred Today is 10 p.m.
Robert Henderson of Brookfield, Illinois, and Karen Reents, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, were the two winners of Wednesday's drawing for trips to New York and the Belmont Stakes this Saturday.
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