|Arlington Park Barn Notes
In today's notes:
"Pony Up with Money Or Cowboy Up & Ride!" says the flyer promoting an upcoming Arlington Park horsemen-oriented drive to find a cure for cancer.
That's what Arlington Park's television personality Christine Gabriel is asking local horsemen to do at her upcoming "Riding For A Cure" fundraiser that will originate and conclude at the Barrington Hills Riding Center during the afternoon and evening of September 23.
Proceeds from the upcoming event, which will include an evening of dinner and dancing, will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Prior to the dinner, however, a middle distance trail ride is to take place during the afternoon. Riders have been asked to find as many sponsors as they can to offer pledges per mile for their 20-mile ride.
Gabriel, a cancer survivor as well as Arlington Park's television personality since 1995, is also a member of the Northwest Suburban Regional Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society.
It was in that last capacity that Gabriel, wife of Arlington's vice president of racing and operations, came up with the idea for the fundraiser a little more than a week ago.
"I thought that those of us here at Arlington could get involved by bringing the local horsemen into the fold," said Gabriel. "We have a wonderful group of horsemen here, and I thought this would be a great way to incorporate riding with the goal of raising funds as well as awareness for the American Cancer Society.
"I spoke to Kim Duchossois (daughter of Arlington chairman Richard L. Duchossois), who is also on the Council, and she thought it was a wonderful idea, and after that things just really began to take off.
"Mary Zimmerman (a local horsewoman) got involved," Gabriel said, "and her assistance has been invaluable. She had the contacts to get this whole project off the ground. She spoke to the people at the Barrington Hills Riding Center, who are allowing us to rent their facility. They are also providing stall space for those Arlington horsemen who are lending out their own horses for the cause. Mary has just been wonderful helping out with this whole thing. She has so much energy!
"Tracy Gilman, Arlington's director of horsemen's relations, has been our liaison with the local horsemen," said Gabriel, "and Valerie Riggs (administrative assistant with Arlington racing and operations) has been tireless in getting all the forms printed up and ready to go.
"Everything has been a work in progress since those three got involved," said Gabriel.
Pledges to sponsor the riders on a per/mile basis for their 20-mile ride are also being gratefully accepted. Individuals and corporations are both encouraged to participate with donations as well as sponsor the riders.
There will also be barrel racing, flag racing and novice jumping contests as part of the festivities, with prizes for those events as well as a prize for the best costume at the event.
For more information, e-mail Christine Gabriel (email@example.com) or call Mary Zimmerman (708-267-6706).
Arthur I. Appleton's Galic Boy and Mt. Joy Stables Inc.'s Just Like Jimmy, equally weighted at 121 pounds for Sunday's $42,000 Golden Pheasant Handicap, will renew their rivalry in that one-mile turf test that serves as the featured event of the afternoon.
Each has finished in front of the other in their two meetings at Arlington Park this summer. Both made their last starts in the $60,000 The Bart Stakes August 18 with Just Like Jimmy finishing second by a head to Starlex Farm's Private Son. Galic Boy was fifth, a length further back in that mile and a sixteenth turf test.
Before that, when the pair matched strides in the $45,000 Bowl Game Stakes here July 7, Galic Boy was the victor, with Just Like Jimmy a length behind as the runner-up.
Galic Boy, a 7-year-old son of Irish River, won the Grade III Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne last November and was fourth in both the Grade III Ft. Lauderdale and Canadian Turf handicaps last winter at Gulfstream.
Just Like Jimmy, a 5-year-old son of American Derby winner The Name's Jimmy, was second by a head to Team Block's Mystery Giver in the $90,450 Cardinal Handicap here June 22 as part of Prairie State Festival Day.
Veteran reinsman Ray Sibille, regular rider of Galic Boy, will be in the irons once again on the Mickey Goldfine trainee, and Arlington Park defending jockey champion and current leading rider Rene Douglas will handle the reins on Just Like Jimmy, who is conditioned by Dallas Stewart.
Sure to provide a strong challenge to the two starting top weights is Live Oak Plantation's Monarch's Maze, assigned 119 pounds with Frankie Lovato Jr. up. The son of Kingmambo has been idle since finishing third in Gulfstream's $65,000 Fraise Stakes March 15 but won the Grade II Red Smith and Jamaica handicaps in New York last fall.
The rest of the Golden Pheasant field includes George Todaro, Howard Litt & Jerry Hollendorfer's Cappuchino, 117, Chris Emigh; Mrs. & Michael P. Brickman's Smilin' Slew, 117, Earlie Fires; John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred, 116, Seth Martinez; Richard L. Duchossois' Apt to Be, 116, Eddie Razo Jr.; Owen Hulse's Silver Zipper, 116, Zoe Cadman; Grace Turnbow's Man o'Rhythm, 114, Randy Meier; Millard Seldin & Estate of Hoss Inman's Purplest, 114, Eddie Perez; and Humberto Gracia & Arcadio Aburto's Summerzzene, 113, Larry Sterling Jr.
Jockeys Corey Lanerie and Frank Lovato Jr. both accomplished riding doubles on Thursday's program at Arlington Park, and both riders scored their two-baggers in back-to-back fashion. Lanerie won the third and fourth races respectively aboard William T. Reed's Dr Ante and Steven M. Asmussen's Revised Note. Lovato won both halves of the late daily double, taking the eighth astride Darin Moorhouse's Report Stage and the finale on Tom Dorris & Ken Sentel's Rupert's Fire.
Fifteen years ago Saturday, on September 7, 1987, fans joined Governor Jim Thompson, Arlington Heights Mayor James Ryan, Arlington Park chairman Richard L. Duchossois and Arlington Park president Ken Dunn for ground-breaking ceremonies in the winner's circle for the construction of the new Arlington.
Twenty years ago Saturday, on September 7, 1982, a racing rarity occurred when trainer/jockey Les Aherns won the second race with Disco Gal. (Current Illinois racing rules prevent trainers from holding a jockey license.) Aherns would give up his trainer's license a year later to return to full-time riding until 1989.
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