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In today's notes:
"Riding for a Cure" -- the recent, local fundraiser for the American Cancer Society (ACS) that attracted national attention -- raised more than $25,000 in donations for ACS when held September 23, it has been announced by Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel.
Conceived and developed by Gabriel to give Illinois horsemen a chance to contribute to a cure for cancer, "Riding for a Cure" involved an afternoon-long trail ride by more than 120 horse-and-rider teams that preceded a dinner attended by about 225 people later that evening.
"The horsemen really stepped up and made this colorful day a tremendous success," said Gabriel Friday afternoon after receiving the final totals that included post-event contributions. "It was such a success that we already have assigned a date for a second "Riding for a Cure" fundraiser to take place next year on September 22.
"This year's event would not have been possible without the $3,000 donated by Arlington's leading owner Frank Calabrese as start-up money prior to the event," Gabriel said. "He advanced us the money on behalf of his company FCL Graphics Inc."
Major donations to "Riding for a Cure" included $1,500 from The Duchossois Family Foundation; $1,000 from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association; $1,000 from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association; and $1,000 from Loeber Motors Inc. of Lincolnwood, Illinois.
"Winning recognition for the most money pledged toward those who rode was rider Caton Bredar, main talent of Television Games Network," said Gabriel. "She collected $1,630 in pledges toward her ride.
"Rider Tracy Gilman, director of horsemen's relations at Arlington Park, should be recognized for getting the most individual pledges at 29," Gabriel said.
"The highest single pledge came from the Sidney L. Port Trust at $1,000," said Gabriel. "That was collected by rider Eddie Arroyo, senior state steward of the Illinois Racing Board.
"Special thanks should also go to the steering committee of Valerie Riggs, Tracy Gilman, Mary Zimmerman and Patty Meroni," Gabriel said. "Also, the awesome organizational ground forces team consisting of Arlington's Frank Gabriel Jr., Tony Petrillo, Mario Ortiz and Tom Musielak They worked far into the night both Sunday and Monday while donating their time.
"I'd also like to give special recognition Levy Restaurants Inc. for donating refreshments at the dinner as well as chef Scott Bigelow for donating his time. Others worthy of mention for donating their services include cameraman "Jimmy G" Greenwald, jockey/entertainer Frank Lovato Jr., jockey agent/master of ceremonies Dennis Cooper, and trail guide Emily McHugh.
"Also, Jack Pallardy donated 50 filet mignons, Pat Greco contributed chicken and Italian sausage, our Arlington paramedics donated their time and Dare to Dream Stable donated items that raised over $800 during the auction after the dinner," Gabriel said.
"Other companies who contributed time and/or facilities were Kwik Kopy, Budget Signs, Waste Management Inc., Furlong Feed, William Cortesi and the Barrington Hills Police Department," Gabriel said. "Mr. Duchossois donated the refreshments at both Hill 'N Dale Farm and Horizon Farm along the trail ride. I'd also like to thank those that helped transport horses."
Trainers Sally Schu and Patti Miller, as well as Arlington's Valerie Riggs, were recognized for their costumes during that post-dinner contest.
The NTRA Fall Pick 3, a new national pick three wager introduced by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, will be offered Saturday on the three 2-year-old stakes shown live on CNBC's October 5 telecast of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge airing from 4-5 p.m. Central time.
The three featured races are the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity from Keeneland, post time 4:17 p.m. Central time; the Champagne Stakes from Belmont Park, 4:35 p.m.; and the Norfolk Stakes from Santa Anita, 5:45 p.m.
Minimum wager for the NTRA Fall Pick 3 will be $1. Fans should ask for Keeneland's Race 9 when making the wager.
Pamela A. & Bruce Little's Grey Cart and Grace Turnbow's Man o'Rhythm, a neck apart when first and second respectively in their last meeting September 21, match strides once again in Sunday's $45,000 added Taylor's Special Stakes at five furlongs on the grass.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships -- often called the Super Bowl of Thoroughbred racing -- are now only three weeks away, and guests at Arlington Park who visit the paddock to watch their horses being saddled have a constant reminder of that fast-approaching October 26 international event.
A large bronze statue with a marble base -- an exact replica of the Breeders' Cup trophy -- has been placed directly in the center of the Arlington Park paddock in anticipation of the first Breeders' Cup Championships to be held in Chicago during their 19-year-history.
Because of its bronze and marble makeup, the Breeders' Cup trophy replica serves as a consistent, tasteful addition to Arlington Park's landmark "Against All Odds" statue commemorating John Henry's nose victory over The Bart in the inaugural Arlington Million.
That memorialized 1981 race, commissioned privately by Arlington chairman Richard L. Duchossois when the local oval was rebuilt in 1989, sits outside the Arlington stands overlooking the paddock on the apron level.
The Breeders' Cup trophy, which is owned by Breeders' Cup Limited, is displayed at the host track in the days leading up to the Breeders' Cup Championships. During the balance of the year, it is on display at the National Museum of Racing at Saratoga Springs, New York.
The Breeders' Cup trophy is an authentic reproduction of the original Torrie horse that was created in Florence by Giovanni da Bologna in the late 1580s. The horse is an ecorche, showing the muscles of the animal in detail. Its original purpose is unknown, although it may have been made as a study for the equestrian statue of Duke Cosimo I of Florence cast in 1591. It reveals the influence and example of Leonardo da Vinci.
The Breeders' Cup winner's trophy is presented to the winning owner of each of the World Thoroughbred Championship races and is modeled from the original. The breeder, trainer and jockey of each Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship winner are presented half-size replicas of the Breeders' Cup winner's trophy.
Conditioner Gene Cilio posted a training double on Thursday's Arlington Park program.
Jockey Chris Emigh scored a riding double aboard both of the Cilio-trained pair.
Jockey Randy Meier also had a riding double winning the first and last races of the day.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez was the third jockey with two winners on Thursday's card.
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