|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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Elvis Trujillo, Arlington Park's lauded Panamanian apprentice jockey who has turned the heads of discerning horsemen throughout the initial days of the current season, lived up to the hype Friday at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval by scoring the first consecutive riding triple at Arlington in 2002.
Veteran reinsman Rene Douglas, the defending jockey champion at Arlington and the only other jockey with three wins on the same day this season, has accomplished the feat twice - on opening day June 5 and again Thursday - but his hat tricks were not accomplished in consecutive races.
"I'm really thankful to get off to such a good start here," said Trujillo, speaking in Spanish. "I have had a lot of people helping me since I got here, and I'd like to thank God that everything is working out so well."
Trujillo's Friday triple came aboard Chris Bukowiecki's Artic Champ in the second race, Abbu Racing Stables' Guiding Principle in the third, and Frank C. Calabrese's Suprem Dream in the fourth. In the fifth race Friday afternoon, Trujillo finished a competitive third astride Robert J. Neumeyer's No Paige, who went to the post as a 27-1 longshot.
The 18-year old youngster, who arrived in Chicago nine days ago, rode both halves of the daily double on the previous Friday program here. He began his American riding career last November in Southern California, but had never ridden three winners on the same program in the United States before Friday. However, while still riding in Mexico before switching his tack to Southern California, the native of Panama City, Panama rode five winners on a single program.
"This is a beautiful race course," said Trujillo of Arlington. "I'm living about 25 minutes away from the racetrack and I have already grown to love the city of Chicago."
How did he get the name Elvis?
"I don't know," he said. "It was just given to me."
Perhaps his parents were enamoured of one particular entertainer?
"No, not especially," he said.
Since coming to Chicago, Trujillo's engagements have been handled by Harry "The Hat" Hacek, who was upholding tradition as a native son of the Windy City Friday. When reached on his cell phone and told of his employer's riding triple, Hacek was sitting in the stands at Wrigley Field, watching the Cubs defeat the White Sox 8-4.
The newly named Mrs. Bobby Joe Scribner walked these halls (at Arlington Park) in a long white gown Friday - looking for the rest of her wedding party.
Less than an hour earlier, shortly before Arlington's first race, the former Frances Anderson had been married "at the courthouse across the street," and the wedding party of 12 had immediately adjourned in separate cars to attend an afternoon of Thoroughbred racing at Arlington.
The tuxedo-clad groom, accompanying his bride, asked the assistance of Arlington red coats in their eventually successful endeavor to reunite with the other wedding guests.
"My husband's grandmother just loves the races," said the bride, speaking of 93-year-old Bessie Ambrosia. "She was my maid of honor and we wanted to surprise her by bringing her here to Arlington right after the ceremony. It's Flag Day today, we're all feeling very patriotic, and Grandma likes to play."
The newlyweds will reside in Barrington, Illinois, where the groom will resume his career as a sculptor.
Youngsters entered in the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation 2002 Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale will begin breezing Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Park.
The breezes are scheduled Monday to give potential buyers a chance to preview the various equine talent on display prior to the 2002 I.T.B.O.F. Sale, which will be held Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Should inclement weather interfere with the scheduled Monday breezes, the under tack works will be scheduled Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. as a rain date.
Sixty-one 2-year-olds have been assigned hip numbers for the Saturday sale. An additional two horses, both 3-year-olds, also received hip numbers in the sales catalogue.
Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron, who has announced his retirement effective June 23, experienced the high point in his Arlington Park career when he rode Dotsam Stable's John Henry to victory in the 1984 Arlington Million. Other McCarron highlights at Arlington occurred when he guided Sidney L. Port & Charlie Whittingham's Claire Marine to a win in the 1989 Beverly D. McCarron returned to the winner's circle following the 1993 edition of the Beverly D. when Harbor View Farm's Flawlessly was adjudged the winner. The Massachusetts native also won the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity in 1992 aboard Milch & Silverman's Gilded Time.
Jockey Chris Emigh scored his second riding double of the young season Friday when he took the opener astride Tessies Calista, owned by Jupiter Farm Ltd., and returned to the winner's circle aboard Carl C. Dykema's Resident Rogue in the sixth race. The riding double vaulted Emigh into third place in the Arlington jockey standings, where he was tied with Trujillo with seven winners through Friday's program.
A racing rarity occurred in Friday's third race when jockey Elvis Trujillo won the race, jockey Tommy Molina finished second, and jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. finished third. Those same three riders had finished first, second and third in that order in the previous race of the day.
Twenty-one years ago today, on June 15, 1981, Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day recorded the first five-win day of his Arlington Park career.
Twenty-seven years ago tomorrow, on June 16, 1975, Day won his first Arlington Park race aboard Piker & Wilks' Boom Fella. Day is second on Arlington Park's all-time winning jockey list with 1,323 winners at the local oval.
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