|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Rene Douglas, the jockey champion at Arlington Park last season and currently on top in the local standings this year, is a native of Panama.
Carlos Silva, a veteran Chicago rider on the cusp of the 3,000-win milestone, was born in Santiago, Chile.
Elvis Trujillo, the sensational apprentice jockey who is pressing Douglas in the race for leading rider, is another who hails from Panama.
These athletes are three of many reasons that Arlington Park will team with Reflejos Direct Media to host the inaugural Fiesta In The Park at Arlington Park on July 13 brought to you by Harris Bank and the Daily Herald.
The Fiesta has been developed in recognition of the Latino jockeys, horsemen and Arlington employees and is designed to bring some "Salsa" to the Thoroughbred races at Chicago's premier oval.
Fiesta In The Park will open at 10:30 a.m. with a soccer clinic sponsored by the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team and conducted by MLS Camps. Authentic Latino cuisine will be served up to the rhythms of South American music starting at noon. The family oriented event will include a petting zoo, games and assorted children activities.
All day activities will also include jockey appearances, prizes and appearances by disc jockeys. La Ley 107.9 FM Radio will broadcast from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The Sones de Mexico Band will appear from noon-2 p.m. and the Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl from noon-4 p.m.
From 2-4 p.m. Mariachi Perla de Mexico will perform, followed by the Gomez con Cache Band from 4-6 p.m.
Latino celebrities and entertainment will also be highlighted in the Winner's Circle at Arlington Park between the day's scheduled races. Fiesta In The Park is expected to be one of the largest venues for a Latino festival in the Chicago Northwest Suburbs.
Jockeys Rene Douglas and Alfredo Juarez Jr., a native of Mexico, will be interviewed by on-air talent in the studios of WSNS-TV, Telemundo, at 3 p.m. on Monday in anticipation of Saturday's Fiesta In The Park at Arlington Park.
"Fiesta In The Park makes a strong statement to the growing awareness of mainstream entertainment venues in taking a more active role in promoting their products and services to the Latino community," said Jerry Campagna, president of Reflejos Publications and the official event promoter of Fiesta In The Park at Arlington Park.
From a promotional perspective, the first time event has already attracted Pepsi's interest in becoming a Platinum Sponsor at Fiesta In The Park. The daylong event will offer booth and banner branding opportunities to area businesses that wish to reach out to the Latino community in the race to earn a greater market share in the fastest growing U.S. ethnic market segment.
General admission to Arlington is $5 and includes a Daily Racing Guide. Children 16 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. The first 1,000 attendees will receive a free Fiesta Poster.
Today is "Jockeys Across America Day" throughout the nation, when participating racetracks nationally raise money for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund to assist injured and disabled riders.
Arlington Park, traditionally one of the leaders among racetracks contributing to the Fund on this day, has always used the "Jockey Dunk Tank" as prime fundraising source, and this year is no exception.
At the Tank, Arlington's jockeys take turns sitting in the hot seat where a well-thrown ball will send them into a tub of water below. Arlington's guests can get three chances (three balls) for $1, and those with accurate aim can give the jockey an immediate bath.
Other sources of funds that have been last minute additions to this year's Jockeys Across America Day locally include the pledge by contributing jockeys to donate money earned from losing mounts.
The Arlington Park mutuels department is collecting money from their employees, and will have a check to present at the end of the day.
Levy Restaurants, Arlington Park's food service company, has donated a prize of lunch for four in the Paddock Pub, and chances for that prize will be sold for $1.
Arlington Park has donated a prize of one Arlington Park season pass, as well all coins collected from the fountain at the Grand Staircase.
These sources of funds are late additions to previous fundraising activities scheduled, highlighted by $1 chances to win an autographed Chris McCarron poster and an autographed 16" x 20" photo of McCarron's last ride.
Also 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 by the winner and a guest, who will be joined by his choice of (participating) jockey and guest.
Veteran Chicago reinsman Carlos Silva captured the third race Friday aboard Nick E. Angelou's Always Freezing, bringing his career victory total to 2,995, five short of the coveted 3,000-win milestone.
A season-high Superfecta of $32,570.20 lit up the Arlington Park board after the ninth race Friday, based on a $1 wager.
Sixty-eight years ago tomorrow, on July 7, 1934, Mary Hirsch became the first female to be licensed as a Thoroughbred trainer - and that was in Illinois. Hirsch subsequently was licensed in Michigan that year. Two years later, on April 9, she was licensed by The Jockey Club to train in New York.
FDNY firefighters Shawn Holey and Scott Schrimpe, as well as NYPD force members Lt. Eugene Fastook, Sgt. Michael Bridenbach, Sgt. AnneMarie Berbil, Officer William Behan and the retired Edward Fastook will be interviewed by Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel after the third race Saturday. Included with them will be Niles Police Chief Jerry Sheehan. All participated in the Niles Fourth of July Parade on Thursday.
Dr. Joe Foerner of the American Association of Equine Practioners "On Call" program will be assisting CBS sports for Saturday's telecast.
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