|Arlington Park Barn Notes
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In today's notes:
Veteran reinsman Shane Sellers, who established the Arlington Park record of 219 winners during a single season here in 1991, will join Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel as her on-air co-host on Sunday, October 13, during Arlington's 75th anniversary celebration.
Sellers, a popular rider at Arlington throughout his many appearances here over the last decade, has had his riding career compromised by chronic knee problems in recent seasons.
"I've asked Shane to join me as our on-air handicapper for that day," Gabriel said, "and he has graciously accepted."
"I'm really looking forward to coming up there for Arlington's 75th anniversary celebration," said Sellers, speaking over the phone from Kentucky Saturday morning. "However, you know what they say about jockeys: they're supposed to be the worst handicappers in the world. I just felt I should warn everybody about that."
Since his record-setting performance in 1991, Sellers came back to repeat as Arlington's leading rider in 1993 with 136 winners, but moved on to the Kentucky circuit shortly after that with not as many local appearances.
"I still love the game," Sellers said, who also enjoys a career as a singer. "Riding has become too painful for me, but it's painful sitting on the sidelines, too. I'm kind of betwixt and between right now. I've considered training horses, but I've also been offered another record deal. There is a plan to release an album I've done and there are also plans to release another single."
Sellers, who was born and raised on the Bayou, was asked how his family had made out during Hurricane Lili, which ravaged Louisiana earlier this week.
"My mother lives in Abbeville," Sellers said, "and she was part of a mandatory evacuation. My little sister's home suffered some damage. Two towers came down near her home, but, thankfully, no one in my family got hurt."
Sellers' upcoming appearance as Arlington's in house television handicapper is the latest of events scheduled for Arlington's three-quarters of a century celebration.
Other Arlington 75th anniversary events scheduled for local guests on October 13 will include a free two-night stay at the Hilton Chicago for the 75th person that passes through the gates that day, and free admission for anyone 75 years of age.
A winner's circle ceremony featuring a giant Eli's Cheesecake and numerous other promotions and prizes will also be offered.
Cliveden Stud's Fraulein, the European-campaigned 3-year-old filly who came to North America to capture Woodbine's Grade I E. P. Taylor Stakes last Sunday, has arrived at Arlington Park in anticipation of a projected start in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
That $1 million mile and a quarter turf affair for fillies and mares will be contested October 26, when the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history.
Fraulein, a British-bred, is by the German sire Acatenango out of a German-bred mare who is by a sire named Legend of France. Fraulein came from England, where she had finished second by a length and three-quarters in her previous start August 14 prior to last Sunday's winning effort in Canada. Earlier in the summer, she had finished third in a June start at The Curragh in Ireland.
Fraulein is trained by Edward Dunlop and was ridden by Kevin Darley in that winning effort at Woodbine.
Among the celebrations planned for the City of Chicago in recognition of the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is FanFest, featuring musical entertainment located throughout the central business district.
Jim Peterik and the World Stage, featuring the lead singers from Survivor, Ides of March, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx and Night Ranger will be performing, and there will also be music throughout the weekend by other local favorites.
Other FanFest attractions and activities include food and beverages from local restaurants, carnival rides, educational racing exhibits, game for all ages, and a charity 5K Run/Walk.
Jockey Ray Sibille, who was Arlington Park's leading rider in 1980, maintained his winning ways into September with 11 wins from 80 mounts. His month, which included three riding doubles and a stakes win aboard Godolphin's Sharp Impact in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes September 7, resulted in an award as Arlington's September "Jockey of the Month."
Awarded "Trainer of the Month" for September at Arlington Park was Jerry Hollendorfer, who saddled eight winners from 31 starters. Hollendorfer, who was Arlington's trainer champion last summer, is the projected runner-up in the trainer standings at the conclusion of the current session.
Named as Arlington's "Owner of the Month" was Barrington resident Jim Tafel, who had two winners from six starters during the month. Tafel's month was highlighted by Lakenheath's victory in the Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap. That 4-year-old filly goes to the post in the Grade I Overbrook Spinster at Keeneland on Sunday.
"Barn of the Month" for September was awarded to trainer Leo Gabriel Jr.
Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow, winner of the Grade I Arlington Million this summer, goes to the post Sunday in Lexington in the Grade I Shadwell Keeneland Mile.
Leading rider and defending Arlington Park jockey champion Rene Douglas had a riding triple Friday, winning the opener on Marta Racing Ventures & Peter Abruzzo's Modus Viblairski, the fifth aboard Amerman Racing LLC's Deer Lake, and the seventh astride Relaunch Gal, owned by Hamilton Ranches Partnership.
Trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Corey Lanerie combined for a training/riding double with Rosendo G. Parra's Nite Gaze in the third and Asmussen's own Tricky Mocha in the sixth.
Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. had a back-to-back riding double with L. J. Gaudreau & Larry Gillen's Come September in the eighth, and Mike Riordan, John Bates & Rod Kirk's Silent Flick in the finale.
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