|Arlington Park Barn Notes
Contact: Graham Ross
(847) 385-7500 ext. 7319
In today's notes:
Two weeks ago, trainer Janice Ely and her sisters Patti Miller and Barbara Poprawski ordered a box of commemorative baseball caps to help celebrate the imminent 3,000th career victory of jockey Carlos Silva.
On Wednesday at Arlington Park, Silva became the 101st rider in Thoroughbred racing history to accomplish that feat, piloting Cutshall Racing LLC's Buba's Caper to a neck victory in the third race of the afternoon. The trainer of Buba's Caper? Janice Ely, saddling her fourth winner of the local session from 28 horses sent to the post.
Fittingly, as friends of Carlos Silva and his family as well as professional associates, Ely and her sisters had every reason to be in the winner's circle to pass out the hats, including a special one specifically inscribed to the Chilean-born reinsman to recognize the occasion.
"I'm so glad I did this here at Arlington, it's such a beautiful place," Silva said during winner's circle ceremonies. "I have so many people to thank that I can't remember them all. I want to thank all the trainers and owners I have ridden for, as well as all the jockeys I have ridden with, but most of all, I want to thank my family. I'm glad they could be here today."
Silva's wife Aydee, son Carlos Jr. and daughter Charlene were there for the races and had reason to stay later following the races, when trainer Ely celebrated the occasion by grilling salmon near her Barn 6 headquarters on the Arlington backstretch.
"This is all a little impromptu," said Ely as she performed post-race chef duties Wednesday evening. "When we ordered those hats, we just did it because Carlos is such a good guy and has been such a good friend to all of us. I had no idea at the time that he would win his 3,000th on one of my horses. Then, Kerry Zavash (one of her owners) caught all these fish when he was out on the lake the other day, so we decided to do this tonight to celebrate Carlos' win."
Silva and his family stayed to enjoy the gathering. It was a chance to relax with friends, accept a multitude of congratulations, and also to enjoy some very good grilled salmon.
Flying Column II's Generous Rosi and Michele Boyce Racing Inc.'s & Cherrywood Racing Stable's Mc Mahon may vie for favoritism when they head a field six named to Saturday's feature attraction, the $50,000 Buckpasser Handicap.
Co-highweighted at 120 pounds by Arlington Park racing secretary David Bailey, the British-bred Generous Rosi and the Kentucky-bred Mc Mahon have taken vastly different routes in advance of Saturday's test for 3-year-olds and upward at a mile and an eighth.
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. In that last start March 24, the 7-year-old was always well placed but never launched a serious bid when beaten almost 10 lengths at the wire. Before that he had finished eighth in his only other start this season February 22 in New Orleans.
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. Last September 8, he captured the Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship in a wire to wire performance.
Mc Mahon's last trip to the post came four weeks ago, when he finished sixth in the Grade III Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap July 6 at Prairie Meadows. Previously, he had won the $100,000 Precisionist Handicap by two lengths at that Iowa oval on June 1.
Before that, the 4-year-old Salt Lake gelding was fifth in the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap April 20 but had won the Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap in March.
Generous Rosi has Robby Albarado named to handle the reins while Mc Mahon has Randy Meier slated for the tack.
Opposing those two are Mt. Joy Stable Inc.'s Just Like Jimmy, 119, Elvis Trujillo; Carmen Rorick's Saquache, 117, Chris Emigh; Mark Corrado & Mark Hanna's On Your Mark, 114, Rene Douglas; and Barr H. Inman's Apalachee Special, 113, Eddie Razo Jr. aboard.
Just Like Jimmy merits strong consideration here. At last asking he came from off the pace to finish second, beaten a length by Galic Boy in the $46,950 Bowl Game Stakes July 7 and was runner-up by a neck before that in the $90,450 Cardinal Handicap June 22. Both those races were on the grass but Just Like Jimmy won by three and three-quarter lengths on the main track at Churchill Downs April 28.
Ron L. Brandenburg's Tic N Tin, hero of the $84,400 White Oak Handicap here June 22 on Prairie State Festival Day, is expected to shoulder Arlington Park racing secretary David Bailey's top impost of 123 pounds in Sunday's $50,000 Zen Handicap at six and a half furlongs.
In the White Oak, Tic N Tin prompted the early pace, took command turning for home, alternated for the lead throughout the stretch run and prevailed by a nose at the wire in that six furlong test. However, in his most recent outing, the Southern Illinois-based son of Lac Ouimet captured the $25,000 Shecky Greene Handicap at Fairmount Park by five and three-quarter lengths July 19. Before that on June 30 here, he had disappointed in the $42,000 Dr. Fager Handicap when finishing fifth, beaten eighth lengths for all of it.
Others likely to contest Sunday's featured sprint include Asiel Stable's Classic Appeal and William Cortesi's Magic Doe, sharing the next highest impost at 119 pounds.
Also expected for the Zen Handicap: Freeway Ticket Partnership's Freeway Ticket and Terry Renfrow & Eugene Young's Too Many Bucks, each with 117 pounds; and Irene Hock, Vance Gricus & Jack Bogan's Meadow Champ, in light with 114 pounds.
Considered possible for the Zen at this time: W. Dean West's Lil Charlie Too and Samuel Henry, Dominic Marsella & Emerald Ridge Farm's Manitowish, both assigned 114 pounds.
One week after Arlington Park jockey Rene Douglas was named Thoroughbred Times Jockey of the Week, Gary A. Tanaka and Christophe Clement were named Owner of the Week and Trainer of the Week respectively by that publication based largely on Arlington exploits.
Tanaka won last Saturday's Thoroughbred Times Owner of the Week award based to some extent on Falcon Flight's win in the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 27. That race was the final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million August 17. Tanaka also won the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar Sunday with Sarafan.
Clement was named Thoroughbred Times Trainer of the Week due mostly to his win with Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend in the Grade III Modesty Handicap as part of Arlington Park's multiple stakes program last Saturday. The Modesty is the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. Handicap, also part of the International Festival of Racing August 17.
Trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Wayne Catalano, the leading trainers respectively in each of the last two Arlington Park seasons, will be available as part of a question-and-answer program for the public this Saturday at the Starting Gate Theater from 11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Arlington Park's Junior Jockey Club members will learn how to care for a horse during Sunday's session from 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the paddock area.
1996 Arlington jockey champion Robby Albarado had a riding triple Wednesday.
- END -