|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/19/03
In today's notes:
When jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. returned to the winner's circle following his fifth and final win on Arlington Park's Saturday program, he accomplished a goal he had never previously reached in his 19-year career, and was quick to dedicate his personal milestone performance.
"I'd like to thank all the trainers and owners and fans out there," Marquez said, "but this is for my Dad."
Carlos H. Marquez Sr., 56, who came to the United States to ride in 1967, won some of Arlington's biggest races, including a division of the 1968 Stars and Stripes Handicap aboard Rokeby Stable's Fort Marcy, before retiring from the saddle in 1985. The Puerto Rican native now lives in Cicero.
"I have always told him he could win five races in one day," said the senior Marquez Sunday morning. "He's a very good rider. When I rode, I was primarily known as a stakes horse rider. He (Junior) hasn't had the same kind of luck getting those kinds of horses, but he can ride any kind of horse. If trainers gave him a chance, he could be a good stakes rider, too."
Before his retirement, the senior Marquez won the Michigan Mile twice with Estreno II in 1967 and again in 1969 with Calandrito. Other major stakes wins for the elder Marquez came aboard Hitchcock in the 1972 Suburban Handicap, Lord Rebeau in the 1975 New Orleans Handicap, and King of the Castle in the 1969 Louisiana Derby. He was also astride Office Queen for her winning efforts in the 1970 Mother Goose and 1970 Black-Eyed Susan.
The junior Marquez won the 1997 Black-Eyed Susan, Pimlico's race for 3-year-old fillies that follows the Kentucky Oaks the way the Preakness follows the Kentucky Derby, with a filly named Salt It. It is the only major stakes race to date that both father and son have won.
However, the junior Marquez won Turfway's 1997 Jim Beam Stakes aboard Kinsman Farm's Concerto after capturing Churchill's Brown and Williamson Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes aboard that horse as a juvenile. Although the pair finished ninth in the 1997 Kentucky Derby, they combined their talents for wins in the Count Fleet and Whirlaway stakes during that colt's sophomore season.
Arlington's leading rider Rene Douglas, already assured his third straight title at the Northwest suburban Chicago oval, is the only other rider to have ridden five winners on a single program at Arlington this summer, and Douglas also superceded that accomplishment with one ultimate seven-win afternoon on July 24.
Marquez's five-win day began in Saturday's fourth race on DBK Racing Stable's King Sweep for trainer Jerry Calvin and continued the next race with Hussar Racing Stable LLC's Lighthouse Lil for conditioner Chris Block. The 35-year-old reinsman then completed his own personal Pick 3 (worth $402.10) with a win on Kevin McLaughlin & Hurstland Farm's Turn to Lass for trainer Gene Brajczewski in the sixth race of the day.
Marquez followed that with his fourth straight tally aboard John Castro's Kristine's King for conditioner Hugh Robertson in the seventh event, and completed his quintet astride David Maracich's False Promises in the finale for trainer Tony Granitz.
Fulgencio Malagon, 28, the ubiquitous forward field captain in Arlington Park's housekeeping department, was named winner of Arlington's 2003 Brightest Star Award in winner's circle ceremonies Saturday.
Accompanying the special recognition, Malagon was awarded $1,000 in American Express Gift Cheques. Also, all 14 Aspire Award winners in 2003 were guests at a special luncheon held in their honor in the Secretariat Suite Saturday.
Malagon, a native of Uriangato, Guanajuato, in Mexico, came to Arlington in 1994 and has been noted on several occasions for his positive attitude and dedication to service. His first cousin Alejandro Malagon was also among Arlington's Aspire Award winners in 2003.
Richey & Strode Stables LLC's Blondz Away, a prospective candidate for Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, breezed five furlongs Sunday in 1:00 4/5 under the watchful eye of trainer Keith Desormeaux with jockey Corey Lanerie aboard for the move.
Blondz Away, a Texas-campaigned daughter of 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away, broke her maiden last June 11 at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, and was most recently third in Retama's $100,000 La Senorita Stakes Aug. 30 at that oval on the outskirts of San Antonio.
Saturday's Arlington-Washington Lassie, Chicago's premier event for juvenile fillies, will be contested along with the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, another one-mile juvenile test open to all 2-year-olds, as part of a twin-featured program that will serve as closing day of the 2003 season at Arlington Park.
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