|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Flying Column II's Generous Rosi and Michele Boyce Racing Inc. & Cherrywood Racing Stable's Mc Mahon, co-highweights in Saturday's $50,000 Buckpasser Handicap, are expected to match strides in the featured event of the Arlington Park weekend.
Generous Rosi, who traveled to the Orient to race on the Japan Cup undercard last fall, has been away from competition since finishing fifth in the $100,000 Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap. Mc Mahon started four weeks prior to Saturday's test when sixth in the Grade III Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap July 6.
Both the British-bred Generous Rosi and the Kentucky-bred Mc Mahon have been asked to shoulder Arlington Park racing secretary David Bailey's top impost of 120 pounds in the Buckpasser, for 3-year-olds and upward at a mile and an eighth.
In that last Sportsman's Park outing at a flat mile, the 7-year-old Generous Rosi was always well placed but never launched a serious bid when beaten almost 10 lengths at the wire. Before that he was an uninspiring eighth in an allowance race in New Orleans in his first start of the year.
Interestingly, last November 24, Generous Rosi traveled to Tokyo to compete in a race at a mile and five-sixteenths, where he finished ninth, but before that, on October 6 at Belmont Park, he had been second in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup. On September 8, he had captured the Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship in a wire to wire performance
Before his last start in the Cornhusker, Mc Mahon had won the $100,000 Precisionist Handicap by two lengths at Prairie Meadows on June 1 after dueling for the lead throughout most of the mile and a sixteenth test. Previously, the 4-year-old Salt Lake gelding was fifth in the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap April 20, but had won the Sportman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap in March.
Trainer Carl Bowman, who nominated Yoshio Fujita's E Z Glory and Mark Corrado & Mark Hanna's On Your Mark to the Buckpasser, is expected to start one of those but not both.
E Z Glory, who is assigned 119 pounds Saturday, was eighth in the Cornhusker, but a good second, beaten two lengths by Mc Mahon in the Precisionist when giving one pound to that rival. Before that the son of Cox's Ridge was second in the National Jockey Club Handicap.
On Your Mark was ninth in the second grass outing of his career at last asking July 6 at Churchill Downs, and fifth before that over a sloppy main track at the Twin Spires oval June 12. Both those races came in the allowance ranks.
Also likely for the Buckpasser at this time is Carmen Rorick's Saquache, who has been assigned 117 pounds. The 5-year-old by Blushing John won over the local oval at last asking June 23 when going nine furlongs in an allowance race.
Barr H. Inman's Apalachee Special completes the list of those likely for the Buckpasser, and gets in lightest of all at 113 pounds. A 7-year-old by Apalachee, he was third in a nine-furlong allowance test here July 12.
The Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago, in partnership with Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, will present "Irish Fest" at Arlington Park this Saturday from noon to 5:30 p.m.
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls is a 114-year-old not-for-profit residential care facility in Chicago's West Loop and Beverly neighborhood caring for hurting and troubled children 11 to 19 seeking security, stability, guidance, and the opportunity to change. Mercy Home is 98 percent donor supported.
A $25 ticket donation includes admission, Irish entertainment, wine, beer, soda and Celtic Food Menu, provided by O'Brien's Restaurant & Bar. Children's entertainment, including face painting, is available for the youngsters, and no donation is expected from those under 12. A $35 donation also includes a round trip bus ride from O'Brien's to Arlington Park.
Live entertainment will feature "Dyed in the Wool" from noon until 2 p.m.; "The Shannon Rovers" from 2 to 3 p.m.; "The Mullane Irish Dancers from 3 to 3:30 p.m.; "Bohola" from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and "Susan McNeely & Friends" from 1-5 p.m.
Veteran Arlington Park reinsman Carlos Silva, a native of Chile but a resident of Rolling Meadows, has four chances to reach the 3,000-career win milestone on Wednesday.
Silva, who rode his 2,999th winner Sunday, would become the 101st jockey in Thoroughbred racing history to accomplish the feat.
Silva rides Michael P. Brickman's I Wanna Go Go in the opener, in the third race, Cutshall Racing LLC's Buba's Caper, Michael Conway & Miller Racing Stable Ltd.'s Alfayiz in the fifth, and Shari L. & Michael P. Brickman's My Ranger in the sixth.
Silva's listed mount in the second race, Asiel Stable's Classic Chaps, was scratched earlier in the morning.
Jockey Ray Sibille, involved in a spill on last Wednesday's program, will now be forced to take some time off.
Although the veteran Louisiana native rode the rest of the week, Sibille, who has more than 4,000 career wins, has been diagnosed with a cracked rib and is expected to be out of action for at least a week and possibly longer.
Sibille tried to work horses Monday morning here but had to suspend his activity during Monday training hours. He was originally scheduled for four mounts Wednesday.
Trainer Wayne Catalano, leading trainer here two years ago, is currently one ahead of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, last summer's champion, as they renew their battle for leading trainer honors at the current session Wednesday. Catalano saddled one winner Sunday.
Friday's band during Arlington Park's Miller Lite Party In The Park is "The Nod," a blues-rock band.
Friday's band for "Party On The Patio" at Trackside Arlington Park is "BMR4," a blues-jazz band.
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