|Arlington Park Barn Notes
Contact: Graham Ross
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In today's notes:
America's Birthday -- traditionally a mid-season highlight at Arlington Park -- will once again be accompanied by a spectacular after-dark fireworks show at the local oval this Thursday on the July 4 holiday.
However, with a special 4 p.m. post time in effect on Firecracker Day, guests on hand for the races that afternoon won't have a long wait prior to the evening's festivities in the sky.
Arlington's fireworks -- voted Best Fireworks Show by a Daily Herald reader's poll -- is the culmination of a Family Day program at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval that begins at 2:30 p.m. with face painters, pony rides and a petting zoo for the younger set. Those children's activities will continue until 6:30 p.m.
Patriotic ceremonies in conjunction America's Birthday begin at 3:45 p.m. when Mrs. Ellen Irwin will sing our National Anthem. The Black Horse Troop will present the colors from horseback on the main track and a United States Marine Corps color guard will present the colors inside the winner's circle.
Midway during the afternoon, The Only Sons, a Jimmy Buffet-Beach Boys type band will begin playing music appropriate to the summertime season in the Park area. The entertainment on July 4 is presented by Heineken.
Following the later races on the program, The Only Sons will play between races to add to the festive holiday feeling.
Shortly after 8 p.m., Arlington Park television host Christine Gabriel and Arlington Park announcer John G. Dooley will welcome guests to the Arlington Park Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, and moments later Kids' Happy Hopper Races will begin on the main track.
At 8:30 p.m., the band will play another 15-minute set, and that will be followed by a Pie Eating Contest at 8:45 p.m. in the winner's circle, with prizes awarded to the winners and participants.
Shortly before 9 p.m., Arlington Park managers and executives will toss T-shirts into the crowd, and the band will then play music for another 15 minutes.
Christine Gabriel and John G. Dooley will then thank the crowd for their attendance prior to the commencement of the fireworks display shortly after dark. When the fireworks end, a short movie will be shown on the Smart Vision TV in the infield to complete the ceremonies shortly before 10 p.m.
The 71st running of the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf, a $125,000-added event with an additional $75,000 available from the Breeders' Cup Fund, will be contested at a mile and a half over Arlington Park's world famous grass course on July 6.
Seventeen 3-year-olds and upward are nominated to the handicap event, and seven older horses are considered probable at this time, with another four presently considered as possible starters.
W. Claiborne & W. C. Jacobs' Two Point Two Mill, first under the wire before being disqualified at 67-1 in the Grade III Louisville Handicap June 1 at Churchill Downs, is expected to be one of the headline attractions in the Stars and Stripes field.
Diamond C Stable's Pisces, who missed Two Point Two Mill by a half-length as the choice of the fans in Louisville that day before being placed first, is also expected in the local July 6 turf test. Last winter at Gulfstream Park, Pisces captured the Grade II Appleton Handicap January 5.
Centaur Farms Inc.'s Classic Par, who dead-heated with Pisces for second under the wire in the Louisville Handicap and was subsequently also adjudged the winner, is also expected for the Stars and Stripes here.
Another expected Stars and Stripes participant who was victorious during the prime meeting in South Florida last winter is John A. Chandler's Cetewayo, best by more than three lengths in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap February 16. Most recently, the 8-year-old son of His Majesty took down winning honors in the $100,000 Greenwood Cup Handicap at Philadelphia Park.
Others likely for the Stars and Stripes at this time include Alan Drey's Bahroba, Dolphus Morrison's Red Mountain and Gary A. Tanaka's Riddlesdown.
Possible starters in the Stars and Stripes are Gainsborough Farm Inc.'s Catchy Word, Frank Jedlicki's Dontbotherknocking, Kim Glenney's Kim Loves Bucky and Starlex Farm's Private Son.
The first of four periods for a Breeders' Cup Future Bet commences on Thursday, July 4 and will run through Sunday, July 7.
Available for wagering during this first period are future wagers on the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic (Race #1), the Grade I Breeders' Cup Distaff (Race #2) and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint (Race #3).
Arlington Park is the host for the Breeders' Cup Future Bet that is being offered for the first time in the 18-year history of the Breeders' Cup. The Future Bet allows bettors around the country to wager on horses that are likely to be pointed to one of eight Breeders' Cup races to be held as part of the World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park on October 26.
The wager is simply a "win only" wager on one of 23 separate runners or a mutuel field encompassing all other horses, and the wager mirrors what Churchill Downs has accomplished in recent years with the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
The track record of :51.64 for four and a half furlongs at Arlington Park, held by Wheat Penny, was equaled Friday when Ben Barnow's Bold America toured that distance in that same time.
Bold America is trained by Richard Hazelton and was ridden by Carlos Silva. Silva was scoring his 2,992nd career win as he approaches the 3,000-career win milestone.
Twelve years ago today, Grover "Bud" Delp became the ninth trainer in history to collect 3,000 victories after saddling Tangier for a win at the local oval.
Apprentice Elvis Trujillo scored his meet-leading fourth riding triple of the season on Friday.
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