|Arlington Park Barn Notes 06/11/03
In today's notes:
Arlington Park offers its first graded stakes of the season Saturday with the 15th running of the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, a $175,000-added event known for attracting horses prominent in Eclipse Award Sprint Champion balloting
However, Churchill Downs hosts "Stephen Foster Super Saturday" that same afternoon as the Twin Spires oval presents quality racing and the excitement of a $250,000 guaranteed "All Stakes" Pick 4.
Also on Saturday, "The NTRA Summer Racing Tour," presented by Long John Silver's, returns to CBS to offer three "live" stakes races and an NTRA Summer Pick 3 on those contests.
Arlington's Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, for fillies and mares at seven furlongs, has often served as a precursor to the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint in its history. Edward P. Evans' Raging Fever, heroine of Aqueduct's Grade II Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap, is expected to top Saturday's featured event at Arlington.
Churchill's Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap concludes the CDSN's "All Stakes" Pick 4 with Grade I Pimlico Special winner Mineshaft, owned by a partnership headed by Will Farish, former chairman of Churchill Downs, expected to match strides with Grade I Met Mile hero Aldebaran, owned by Flaxman Stable, at 4:44 p.m. CDT. The Stephen Foster, a $750,000-added event contested at a mile and an eighth, is also the final race in the NTRA's Summer Pick 3.
CDSN's "Stephen Foster Super Saturday 'All Stakes' Pick 4" begins at 3:07 p.m. CDT with the $100,000 Northern Dancer Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile, moves on at 3:39 with the Grade III Regret Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at nine furlongs on turf, and continues at 4:12 with the Grade II Fleur de Lis Handicap for older fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth before concluding with the Stephen Foster Handicap.
The NTRA Summer Pick 3 on Saturday begins with the Grade II Brooklyn Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at nine furlongs from Belmont Park and continues with the Grade III Leonard Richards Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth from Delaware Park before offering the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs as its final event.
Arlington Park guests will be invited to join in Chicago's longest Greek Dance Line following Saturday's last race of the day.
Chicagoland's longest Greek Dance Line will be the climactic event of Arlington Park's inaugural Greek Fest, co-sponsored by GreekCircle Magazine.
Greek Fest, Arlington's first Greek summer festival, will feature authentic Greek food, Greek dancing including dance troupe performances, and Greek music as well as family activities for children including pony rides, a petting zoo and coloring books and crayons.
Among the authentic Greek food items on the menu will be Gyros (sliced lamb served with pita break), Souvlaki (shish kebob), Grecian chicken (marinated and baked in olive oil), Spanakopita (chopped spinach cheese and spices baked in a phyllo dough), Tiropita (cheese baked in a phyllo dough), Greek wine and pastries for dessert.
A portion of the proceeds from Greek Fest will be donated to the new Greek American Rehabilitation & Nursing Centre.
Winners of Arlington Park's "Frequent Starter Rewards Program" during the first time period from May 9-June 6 have been announced by Frank G. Gabriel Jr., executive vice president of racing and racing secretary at Arlington.
Trainer Don Millonas started 11 horses to win Category 1 (1-5 stalls), with Jeffrey Crooks with nine starters finishing second and Kerry Zavash with seven starters finishing third.
Conditioner Joey Camardo, with 14 starters, won Category 2 (6-12 stalls). Second in Category 2 with 13 starters was Robert Gorham and third was Paul Lewellyn with 12.
Category 3 (13-19 stalls) was captured by Ron Shenofsky with 22 starters. Eusebio Razo Sr. and Pam Little each had 21 starters in that group, but Razo won the tiebreaker for second with more starters in the money.
David Hinsley captured Category 4 (20-29 stalls) with 27 starters, with Spanky Broussard second with 23 and Hector Magana third with 21.
Moises Yanez won Category 5 (30-39 stalls) with 40 starters. Finishing second behind Yanez was Tom Dorris with 38, while third was Christine Janks with 35.
Tommy Tomillo captured Category 6 (40 stalls and higher) with 50 starters, followed by Harvey Vanier (50) and Wayne Catalano (42). Tomillo won that tiebreaker with more starters in the money.
The jockey/trainer combination of Larry Sterling Jr./Michael Reavis won Sunday's daily double at Arlington Park with Richard A. Englander's Miss Clara Tess in the first and Frank Mancari & Mark Triffler's Fleetmaster in the second race of the day. The Sterling/Reavis combination has won seven times at the meeting, trailing only the Curt Bourque/Wayne Catalano team that visited the winner's circle 15 times together during the season through Sunday.
The jockey trainer combination of E. T. Baird/Louie Roussel III also posted two wins Sunday, winning the seventh with Sports Hero in a dead-heat and the eighth with Character Witness. It was E. T. Baird's second straight two-win racing day. Both of Sunday's winners race in Roussel's silks. Finishing on even terms with Sports Hero in the seventh was Larry Becker & Joe Pierobon's Racing Nut, trained by Frank Kirby and ridden by Chris Emigh.
Defending jockey champion Rene Douglas had a riding double, winning the fifth event with Larry Slavin's Pushed for trainer David Kassen and the sixth with Columbine Stable's McKee's Gallery for conditioner Albert Stall Jr.
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