|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/14/03
In today's notes:
Defending Arlington Park owner champion Frank C. Calabrese, as well as defending trainer champion Wayne Catalano, are pursuing their own records established last season for number of wins in a single season at Arlington.
Calabrese's silks were posed in the winner's circle 66 times last year, more than any other owner in Arlington Park history in during one meeting, and Catalano saddled 64 winners during the 2002 Arlington season, also a mark never previously obtained during a single session at the Northwest suburban Chicago oval by any other conditioner.
With 10 days to go in the meeting (including Sunday), Calabrese's horses have won 56 races, so if he averages a winner a day until closing day Sept. 27, he will equal his own mark.
Catalano, who has saddled 51 winners during the 2003 Arlington meeting going into Sunday's program, has a more difficult goal. An average of a winner a day until Sept. 27 would still leave him three shy of last year's mark.
However, Catalano's 2003 training championship is assured. His nearest rivals had less than half of his number of winners going into Sunday's program. Catalano's upcoming title will be his second straight, as well as his third Arlington title in the last four years.
The record for the most successive training titles at Arlington is five, established by Harvey Vanier from 1993-1997, and the record for most Arlington training titles overall is held jointly by conditioners William Hal Bishop and the still-active Richard Hazelton, who each won this Chicago crown eight times.
Hazelton is also Arlington Park's all-time leading trainer.
Calabrese's leading owner championship for 2003 at Arlington is also assured, and will give him three straight Arlington owner titles. The record for most successive owner titles is four, a mark shared by Calumet Farm and Irish Acres Farm, but Calumet is far in front for total number of Arlington owner titles with eight.
Panamanian-born jockey Rene Douglas took Arlington by storm when he won the Arlington jockey championship during his first full season of Chicago summer riding in 2001, and he has not released his grip on that title since.
Douglas defended his championship last season, and is 43 wins in front of Eddie Razo Jr., his closest pursuer, with 10 days to go in the summer session at Arlington.
Douglas's third straight Arlington title will tie him with the late Steve Brooks and Bill Hartack for most successive seasons with the Arlington jockey championship.
Hartack was inducted into the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs in 1959, and Brooks was accorded that same honor in 1963.
Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, Arlington's all-time leading reinsman and still active with 39 wins during the 2003 session going into Sunday's program, has won Arlington's jockey championship six times, more than any other rider. The Arkansas native was inducted at Saratoga in 2001.
Eddie Razo has enjoyed his finest summer at Arlington this year after first coming to Chicago in the 1980s, and will be a solid second in the final standings. The Mexican-born rider had 79 winners going into the Sunday program.
Veteran reinsman Curt Bourque, returning to Arlington after an absence of several years this summer, is clearly third in the latest local standings with 64 winners, while jockey Carlos Marquez Jr., was in the fourth spot with 55.
Chris Emigh was fifth in the standings with 50 winners going into Sunday's races.
Kudos to jockey Eddie Razo Jr., who scored a stakes double Saturday at two different racecourses. After capturing Arlington's $47,850 Smart Deb Stakes Saturday afternoon aboard Pop A Top LLC's Finally Here for conditioner Tom Amoss, Razo headed to nearby Palwaukee Airport for a flight to Iowa, where he won the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby Saturday night astride William Pacella, Ronald Schwed & Joe Rizza's Wiggins for trainer Tony Granitz.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. scored his second successive Arlington riding double on Saturday, winning the fourth race aboard Edward Stewart & Richard Perkins's Persuaggle for trainer Michael Weissman and the finale with Ron Shenofsky's Hurricane Merle for that conditioner.
Arlington champion Rene Douglas also rode two winners Saturday -- in back-to-back races -- taking the second with Marianne Welch's Mon Cabo for trainer Hal Wiggins and the third on Eugene L. Grandon's Pampered for conditioner Bob Holthus.
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