|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/24/03
In today's notes:
Arlington Park's second annual "Riding for a Cure" event, an all-day trail ride with participants collecting pledges on behalf of the American Cancer Society, was held Monday afternoon in nearby Barrington Hills, Illinois, and although totals are still incomplete, the donations toward cancer research are expected to reach $40,000 this year.
Last year's inaugural "Riding for a Cure" event -- which brings Arlington horsemen, employees, and others in the Thoroughbred industry together for the cause of cancer research -- raised more than $31,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Approximately 160 riders participated in Monday's event, a figure up significantly from the 125 riders who took part last year on the corresponding Monday. About 250 people attended the dinner/dance following Monday's trail ride, up from about 180 in attendance one year ago.
"The public response to 'Riding for a Cure' has been extremely gratifying once again this year," said Christine Gabriel, Arlington Park television personality and founder of the event. "Preparations for an event like this involve a lot of work, but the response we have gotten makes all the work worthwhile."
Entertainment at the dinner/dance following Monday's event was headed by the country & western band "The Camellians," who serve as a back-up band for country star Randy Travis. Additional entertainment was provided by jockey/singer Shane Sellers and his band, as well as Arlington-based jockey/singer Frank Lovato Jr.
An anonymous pledge of $5,000 was donated on behalf of Sid Drexler of Drexler Van Lines toward the American Cancer Society, and that company also donated their transportation services Monday.
Other corporate donations included $2,000 by Frank Mancari of Mancari's Chrysler Jeep Dodge, as well as $2,000 from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association Inc. with Arlington's leading owner Frank C. Calabrese donating $1,000 in a pledge to one of the riders.
Levy Restaurants donated food and beverages for the afternoon and evening of the 2003 "Riding for a Cure" event.
Seven years ago, London-born but Louisville-based trainer Patrick Byrne campaigned a pair of 2-year-olds, one male and one female, who eventually garnered Eclipse Awards in their respective divisions.
Favorite Trick, Byrne's juvenile colt, was also named 1997 Horse of the Year based largely on his victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, while Countess Diana assured her own championship when she captured the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies that year.
Now Byrne is bringing another pair of promising juveniles to Arlington Park for Saturday's closing day of the 2003 season.
Richard Nip's Everyday Angel will compete in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, Chicago's main event for juvenile fillies, and R. Durham Racing Stable LLC's Night Charger is slated to go to the post in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, open to 2-year-olds of both sexes. Byrne is the only conditioner that will start youngsters in both of Arlington's twin 2-year-old fixtures.
Everyday Angel closed out at 8.80-1 in last weekend's Future Wager for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies based on her 12¼-length score in the maiden ranks at Saratoga Aug. 11.
Night Charger broke his maiden by three lengths in the only start of his career Aug. 23 at Ellis Park.
Others slated for Saturday's Lassie include Richard H. Glander's Anapest, who breezed three furlongs in :35 4/5 Wednesday morning at Arlington, and Darley's Zosima, who breezed four furlongs in company in :48 3/5 Tuesday at Arlington.
Others in the Lassie are Ashby Thoroughbreds' Bad Kitty, Richey & Strode Stables LLC's Blondz Away, Robert H. Shepard's Cryptos' Best, Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Indian Jewel, Justin & Stefanie Carroll's Journey Fever, Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Lovely Afternoon, Roman Boruta's Rebel Lil, and Ten Broeck Farm Inc.'s Sala de Oro.
Saturday's local Futurity is headed by Dream Walkin Farm's Cactus Ridge, who closed at 7.10-1 in last weekend's Future Wager for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Others, in addition to Byrne's bay colt, that are expected for the Futurity are Janelle Grum's Glittergem, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Korbyn Gold, L.W.Z. Stable's Orphan Brigade, and Stonerside Stable Ltd.'s Texas Deputy.
Robert H. Shepard's Atten Hut and Arthur B. Hancock III & Runnymede Farm's Knox, each of whom broke their maidens on the grass, may vie for favoritism when they head a field of six juveniles named to Thursday's headliner, the $45,000-added Manila Stakes at one mile over Arlington Park's world famous turf course.
The eight-furlong event on the local lawn will have a gross value of $46,800 if the field remains intact, with a $28,080 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.
Others named to Thursday's Manila are John T. L. Jones Jr. & William Meaux's Trust Me, WinStar Farm LLC's Kickboard, Stonerside Stable Ltd.'s Texas Deputy, and Foggy Bottoms Stable X's El Charro.
Jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr., who rode five winners on Arlington Park's program last Saturday, came back with a riding double Sunday, winning the third race with Serendipity Thoroughbreds' Gracile for conditioner Richie Scherer and the sixth on William F. Wheeler's Justin Time Joe for trainer Tony Granitz.
Jockey Eddie Razo Jr. also rode two winners Sunday at Arlington, taking the second half of the daily double with Rullah Racing LLC's Shiny Meadow for trainer Tom Amoss and the eighth with Richard L. Duchossois' Apt to Be for conditioner Chris Block.
Jockey Eddie Perez and trainer Harvey Vanier combined for two winners Sunday, capturing the opener with Nancy A. Vanier's First Step House and the seventh with Nancy Vanier and G O B Racing Stable's Barrel Racer.
Groom of the Week this week is Ismael Rodriguez of the Michele Boyce Stable.
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