|Arlington Park Barn Notes
Contact: Graham Ross
(847) 385-7500 ext. 7319
In today's notes:
Arthur I. Appleton's Galic Boy, fourth in each of two Grade III stakes at Gulfstream Park this winter, returns from a four and a half-month layoff to head a field of seven in Sunday's $45,000-added Bowl Game Stakes at Arlington Park.
The Bowl Game, for 3-year-olds and upward, will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass and have a gross value of $47,100 if the field remains intact, with a $28,260 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
In his last trip to the post in Gulfstream's Canadian Turf Handicap on February 23, Galic Boy was well placed early but had no late rally over the turf course rated "good" and finished fourth beaten more than 11 lengths. Previously, in the Ft. Lauderdale Handicap on January 26 at the South Florida oval, the 7-year-old son of Irish River was a good fourth, beaten two and a quarter lengths for the win.
Galic Boy captured the Grade III Carey Memorial Handicap last November 3 at Hawthorne when he came from off the pace for a length and a quarter tally. During the Arlington meeting last summer, he used the same tactics to capture the $60,000 John Henry Stakes here by a nose August 17 when the turf course was rated "yielding." Regular rider Ray Sibille, aboard in all his recent starts except those two at Gulfstream, is named to handle the reins once again.
Facing Galic Boy Sunday are James W. Orr Jr.'s Associate, Carlos Silva; Mt. Joy Stables Inc.'s Just Like Jimmy, Rene Douglas; Horse Cents Stable's Mister Volare, Carlos H. Marquez Jr.; Andrew F. Dowden III's Private Bound, Duane Salvino; Lothenbach Stables Inc.'s Promise of War, Larry Sterling Jr.; and Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's War Council, Chris Emigh.
Just Like Jimmy may be the one to beat. In the $90,450 Cardinal Handicap here June 22, also at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass, the 5-year-old by The Name's Jimmy was void of early foot but made a bold late run to finish second beaten a half-length at the wire. Just Like Jimmy won his two starts before that while in the allowance ranks at Churchill Downs.
The annual "Jockeys Across America Day," to be conducted Saturday at Arlington Park and at racetracks throughout the nation, has a special emphasis this year with the recent retirement of Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron.
In addition to his exemplary career as a reinsman, McCarron was one of the founding members of the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund to assist injured and disabled riders, and the Jockeys Across America Day is designed to help that fund.
On Saturday at Arlington, jockeys' wives will be selling $1 chances to win an autographed Chris McCarron poster, an autographed 16" x 20" photo of McCarron's last ride, a McCarron bobble head doll, and an Arlington Park jacket.
The chances will be sold at the entrances, in the building and at guest information booths until post time for the fifth race and in the paddock until horses leave the paddock for the sixth race. Arlington Park television analyst Christine Gabriel will announce the winners after the sixth race.
Up for bids in a silent auction to benefit the MacBeth Fund are $200 gift certificates to Bob Chinn's Crab House and Chicago Prime Steakhouse, donated by those respective restaurants. The two highest bidders will each get a gift certificate to be used for the winner and a guest, who will be joined by his choice of (participating) jockey and guest.
Also available as a prize in silent auction bidding to the top six bidders is the chance to compete against six jockeys in a "hoppity horse" race on the track after the fifth race Saturday. After the presentation of a check for $1,000 to the MacBeth Fund, all six participants and the six jockeys will be photographed in the winner's circle and each participant will get a photo.
For sale during the afternoon to Arlington Park guests with proceeds going to the MacBeth Fund will be jockey goggles for $5, Jockeys Across America pins for $5, Jockeys Across America caps for $10, and photos of children at Arlington Park taken with local jockeys aboard an Equicizer for $3.
Levy Restaurants, Arlington Park's caterer, will donate proceeds from the Hearth Bar during morning training hours to the MacBeth Fund, and Arlington Park will donate proceeds from the gift shop for sales of MacBeth related items.
In October, another MacBeth fundraiser will be held at Arlington Park.
Apprentice jockey Elvis Trujillo, veteran trainer Wayne Catalano and defending owner champion Frank C. Calabrese have been named Arlington Park's Jockey, Trainer and Owner of the Month, respectively, for June.
During June, Trujillo, who arrived in Chicago for the first time in his life as the Arlington Park season began, rode 25 winners from 76 mounts to be easily second in the standings. Trujillo finished the month three wins behind leading rider Rene Douglas, who won the jockey championship in 2001. The 18-year-old Panamanian sensation also posted six seconds and six thirds. He also won an overnight handicap, accomplished five riding triples, and had three doubles to his credit, while his mounts earned $385,670.
Wayne Catalano, who won the local trainer championship at Arlington Park in 2000 and made a bold late run to finish second last season, three wins behind 2001 champion Jerry Hollendorfer, has jumped to an early lead at this session during June. Catalano saddled 14 winners from 31 starters and also posted seven seconds and one third place finish. He also saddled the only training triple of the young season during June and had one training double to his credit. His trainees earned $247,130 during the month.
Calabrese-owned horses made 32 starts, visited the winner's circle 14 times, were second seven times and finished third once. His horses' earnings for the month were $248,090.
Bob Chinn of Chinn's World Famous Crab House is sponsor of the Owner, Trainer and Jockey of the Month Awards. Each winner gets a $100 gift certificate to the Wheeling eatery.
The Barn of the Month award winner was Sally Schu.
Actress Anne Archer will present the trophy to the winner of Saturday's Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf. Ms. Archer will be coming to the track with some of the cast and crew of the movie "Uncle Nino," presently being filmed in Chicago.
John Franks & Peter Abruzzo's Lost at Sea won Wednesday's $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She was saddled by Prairie Meadows-based Ray Tracy Jr. Lost at Sea was fourth in the $45,000 Flawlessly here in June.
Michael Tabor's Left Bank set a Belmont Park seven furlong track record of 1:20 en route to a six and a quarter length score in the Grade II Tom Fool Handicap on July 4. Left Bank is one of the horses listed for the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint in the Breeders' Cup Future Bet available at Arlington Park through Sunday. The Sprint will be held at Arlington Park October 26 as part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
On Sunday, for just $25 per person, guests can receive an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch, drinks and the best racing action all day long. Tickets must be purchased in advance and there is an eight-person minimum. For tickets, please call (847) 385-7550.
Also on Sunday, Junior Jockey Club activities will feature "Blacksmith Day" from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the paddock. Kids will get a chance to see a blacksmith shoeing a horse and the first 300 members will receive a horseshoe.
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