|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Katie Mikolay, who is working as an intern in the Arlington Park press box throughout the 2002 Thoroughbred racing season, will take a brief hiatus from her duties here to work in the V.I.P. tent at the upcoming Western Open with golf superstar Tiger Woods.
The 99th Advil Western Open will be conducted July 4-7 at the Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois, but Mikolay, who began a modeling career about five years ago, will start her V.I.P. tent fashion duties a day before the tournament gets underway.
"I don't know too much about it yet," said Mikolay, who was born at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights and now lives in Elk Grove Village. "However, from what my agent has told me, I'll be working in the V.I.P. tent with Tiger Woods, handing out some photos of him that he has autographed for the guests in the tent there at Cog Hill. Naturally, I'm very excited about the job. It's a big opportunity for me."
Mikolay, 22, is on the cusp of graduation from Roosevelt University in Chicago, using the summer intern program at Arlington Park to help complete her college credits. She began her duties at the local oval shortly before the 107-day session began June 5, and will remain throughout the meeting, which runs through October 27.
"Eventually, I would like to get into broadcasting or go to work for a public relations firm," said Mikolay, "but for the immediate future, I welcome the chance to expand my modeling career now that I'm almost through my studies."
Despite her schedule during her student years, Mikolay was able to do a women's fashions portfolio for Ellen Tracy as well as various photo shoots, runway modeling, tradeshows and promotions at locations like the Woodfield Mall and Harper College Fashion Shows.
Two wins from three starts at the meeting have helped veteran Arlington Park trainers Janice Ely and Jerry Calvin hit the ground running in the initial days of the 107-day local session which will run through October 27.
Ely saddled Dennis Becker & Kurt Gronset's Phyllis Court for a score in Thursday's fourth race. The daughter of Boundlessly, who was ridden by Zoe Cadman, returned a win mutuel of $55.80 -- largest win price of the meeting based on a $2 wager.
"Two starts back she got pinched back at the break, but stayed down on the inside and came running late despite getting hit in the face with a lot of dirt," Ely said. "I was really proud of her, and then in her last start she came running late again. When she was younger, she wouldn't have done that. She's been trying to tell me that's the way she wants to do it now, so Zoe and I discussed it before the race and agreed to try it that way -- just let her settle and then come running late and it worked out for us."
Congratulated on her .667 win percentage, Ely said: "It might have been three-for-three if the jock hadn't fallen off my horse in that race earlier in the day. I thought she (Peacock Stable's No Winking in the second race) was in a good spot."
Calvin saddled James & Ywachetta Driver's Spectacular Cat to win the sixth race Thursday, giving Calvin that same two-wins-from-three-starts win percentage. Two years ago, when racing in the silks of the late Bill Davenport and his wife Dee, Spectacular Cat won the inaugural running of the Spectacular Bid Stakes here.
The Drivers, who live in Dallas, purchased three horses out of the Davenport estate, and all three have now won their first starts in the new silks under Calvin's tutelage.
"I used to train for this man 15 years ago," said Calvin of the Driver ownership, "but he has an office 10 minutes from Lone Star so I lost him for awhile. I talked to him last night to tell him about the race."
When asked if the new ownership was pleased, Calvin said, "Most of 'em are when you win for 'em."
The Saturday Summer Cookout and Grand Slam of Sports, featuring an afternoon-long barbecue in the Park and a chance to win two tickets to each of five major Chicago sporting events, debuts tomorrow at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval.
"Celebrate Father's Day weekend with the chance two win the ultimate sports package," says an advertisement that ran in the Chicago Sun-Times Thursday and Friday. "This Father's Day Weekend, score the ultimate sports package for your dad. One lucky race fan will win a prize package including two tickets to the Arlington Million and Advil Western Open, as well as a pair of tickets to a Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks and Bulls regular season game."
To participate in this promotion, a patron must be 18 years of age, must write his/her name, address and telephone number, on the entry form (included in the advertisement), and deposit it in specially designated boxes located throughout the Arlington Park facility.
All entries must be deposited before Arlington Park's fourth race on Saturday, and contestants will be selected in a random drawing after Arlington Park's eighth race on that day. The winning contestant, who must be present to win, will be announced at Arlington Park via the public address system following the drawing on Saturday.
Thirty-five years ago today, on June 14, 1967, jockey Craig Perret won the first race of his career aboard S. Pierce's Gadget Man for trainer Joe Pierce Jr. at Arlington Park. Despite starting well into the year, he would finish third among apprentices nationally in races won and topped all apprentices in earnings with $610,003. Perret went on to win the Arlington jockey title in 1968 and currently ranks 30th among the leading riders of all time with 4,335 victories through last Wednesday.
Defending jockey champion Rene Douglas increased his lead in the local jockey standings Thursday by riding his second triple of the young local session. Douglas is the only rider to have accomplished a "hat trick" so far this season.
Jockey E. T. Baird, second in the standings, rode one winner Thursday to stay within striking distance, four wins behind Douglas. Baird's win came aboard SSH Racing Ltd.'s One Objective, who returned a $48.80 win mutuel, second highest straight payoff of the meeting.
Arlington Park sends its deepest condolences to the family of Floyd Smith, who died Thursday. Mr. Smith was the father of trainer J. R. Smith Sr. and grandfather of trainer J. R. Smith Jr. The funeral for Mr. Smith will be in Marion, Indiana, at the Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Home at 1341 North Baldwin Avenue. (765) 644-5030). The arrangements are for Tuesday. The wake will be at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m.
Arlington Park also sends it deepest condolences to the family of Martin Jackson Jr. after his sudden death. Mr. Jackson worked in the Arlington Park Security Department since July of last year. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Greater Walters AME Zion Church, 8422 South Damen, Chicago, Illinois.
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