|Arlington Park Barn Notes 06/6/03
In today's notes:
Veteran Arlington trainer Christine Janks, off to a fast local start this season, is now tied for third in the Arlington trainer standings with six wins at the meeting after saddling two winners Thursday.
Jockey Marlon St. Julien was aboard both Janks winners Thursday to score a riding double for the afternoon.
The Janks-St. Julien team won the fifth race with Emerald Ridge Farm's Gweniveve, who just got up in the last strides by a half-length to best Ken Meeker & Emerald Ridge Farm's Ms. Mary H, an entrymate and another Janks trainee who was ridden by apprentice Tim Thornton. That "bug rider" had accepted his first career mount last week and almost held on Thursday for his first career winner after leading during most of the stretch run.
"I was telling everybody that's the only kind of photo I can win," said Janks Friday morning. "I think I've lost every other photo I've been involved in this year, but for the first time I had a photo I couldn't lose."
The Janks coupling went off odds-on, but it was Gweniveve who drew all the financial backing, the trainer was quick to admit.
"I was teasing Marlin after the race, telling him he really had to work to beat the bug rider," Janks said. "Actually, I thought the bug boy did a terrific job. That horse (Ms. Mary H) is much less capable, and by herself she would have probably been 30-1.
"How about that Double Audit filly?" said Janks, speaking of the undefeated 3-year-old filly who won Thursday's finale by three lengths for Janks and owners Sy Sommer & Jack Korngold. "You've got to give the owners credit on that one. They bought her (for $4,000 at OBS in 2002). That's the kind of filly who makes my job easy. She makes me look good."
Double Audit, who broke her maiden by four and a half lengths on opening day, is now two-for-two in her career following Thursday's score. She stays with Ken Meeker & Emerald Ridge Farm's Fifteen Rounds among the ranks of the undefeated in the Janks barn.
"I'm thinking about a couple of different things for him," said Janks when asked when the 3-year-old Fifteen Rounds might make his third career start. "I'm not sure, but it will probably be this month. I like to take my time with young horses."
Arlington Chaplain Luis Peralta will offer the first of weekly non-denominational services in the Starting Gate Theatre this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The weekly services are for members of the Arlington Park family including employees and backstretch workers and are expected to last about 30 minutes each week.
Peralta, of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America and now in his third season at Arlington Park, will conduct the initial services, but guest pastors may be added from time to time later in the season.
"Quite a few people have asked me about these services," said Chaplain Luis, "and I'm looking forward to getting them underway. It may not be too long before we outgrow the Starting Gate Theatre area."
On Saturday, from 8-10 a.m., Peralta will oversee a "meet-and-greet" coffee get together for Arlington horsemen at the Hearth Bar on the main floor of the clubhouse in anticipation of the upcoming Sunday services.
Jer-Mar Stable's Scottago and Three Diamonds Stable's Megoman, both coming off winning efforts at Arlington Park earlier in the season, head a field of 10, including a coupling, in Sunday's featured $48,000 Awad Stakes at one mile over the Arlington turf course.
Marc Goldish & Savoy Stable's Mr Mississippi, an invader from Gulfstream Park who was second beaten a length in his last start April 19 at the South Florida oval, could provide strong competition for the top two.
Scottago has Carlos Marquez Jr. named to handle the reins, while Tommy Molina is listed aboard Megoman and Mr Mississippi has Rene Douglas slated for the tack.
Completing the field are the Louie Roussel III-owned entry of Character Witness and Bluesnclues, E. T. Baird with a double call; David Maracich's False Promises, Chris DeCarlo; Brenda M. Hill's Digimon, Joe Judice; Oak Crest Farm's Herculated, Frank Lovato Jr.; Eugene & Laura Melnyk's Moonshine Hall, Curt Bourque; and Virginia Inman's Distinguishable, Eddie Razo Jr. up.
Rene Douglas, defending jockey champion at Arlington Park for two years running, proved an effective counter-puncher once again Thursday by riding three winners to tie Curt Bourque in the 2003 Arlington standings.
Bourque, who won the first race of the current season and has led the standings or been tied with Douglas most of the meeting, had drawn off with a riding triple last Sunday.
Douglas's Thursday triple began with Robert B. & Beverly J. Lewis's Arbitrate in the fourth for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, continued with Starlex Farm's Warbib who was saddled by Sally Schu, and concluded with Steve W. Fish & Chris Bukowiecki's North of Six for conditioner Chris Bukowiecki.
Jockey Mary Jo Brennan, who returned to a career in the saddle after being an Arlington press box employee while sidelined by injuries in recent seasons, scored her first winner at Arlington in several years when she guided Asiel Stable's Di's Delight to the winner's circle after Thursday's seventh race. Arlington's all-time leading trainer Richard Hazelton saddled Di's Delight.
Veteran Arlington Park jockey Carlos Silva, who scored his 3,000th career victory at Arlington last season, celebrates his 47th birthday Saturday.
Sunday's Junior Jockey Club gathering offers a box lunch to the first 300 members.
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