|Arlington Park Barn Notes 9/27/03
In today's notes:
In addition to be being the centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, the Grade I Arlington Million has also annually served as the initial American event in the World Series of Racing in recent years.
However, when the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere goes to the post at 10:30 a.m. (CDT) on Sunday, Oct. 5, at Longchamp on the outskirts of Paris, France, international racing enthusiasts will be able to watch and wager on the world-renowned French classic at Trackside Arlington Park.
Although Arlington closes for live racing Sept. 27 this year, the northwest suburban Chicago oval will again serve as the North and South American and Caribbean simulcast wagering hub for the "Arc" and five undercard stakes races from the French oval.
Churchill Downs Simulcast Network ("CDSN") outlets in Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky will offer advance wagering on the "Arc" the five undercard races beginning Saturday, Oct. 4 and will be open on Oct. 5 for race day wagering. The four Group I races preceding the "Arc" on that day are the Prix de l'Abbaye, Prix de l'Opera, Prix Marcel Boussac and the Grand Criterium. Wagering will also be offered on the Group I Prix du Grand Hotel Barriere, which follows the feature race. Win, place, show, exacta and trifecta wagering on all six races will be offered, as well as one Pick 3 beginning with the Prix Marcel-Boussac.
The "Arc," for 3-year-olds and upward, is contested at a mile and a half on the turf as part of the international World Series Racing Championship in partnership with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited. Since this year's Arlington Million, the World Series of Racing has continued with the Group I Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes on Sept. 6 at Leopardstown on The Emerald Isle and the Group I Grosser Bugatti Preis at Baden-Baden in Germany on Sept. 7.
Following the "Arc," the World Series will return to North America for the Grade I Canadian International at Woodbine Race Course Oct. 19 and again for the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge during the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.
Owner Frank C. Calabrese, trainer Wayne Catalano and jockey Rene Douglas have all successfully defended their respective championships garnered last season at Arlington Park.
Calabrese, who will be leading owner for the third straight season at Arlington, has 64 winners going into Saturday's closing day program, two shy of his record 66 winners established one year ago. With three starters entered Saturday -- Tuxson in the opener, an entry of Noble and Spicy Prospector in the third and Right Uppercut for the finale -- Calabrese still has a chance to eclipse the Arlington record of last season, but that additional accomplishment appears unlikely.
Trainer Wayne Catalano will win his second straight Arlington Park training championship this season, and also his third title in the last four years after finishing second by a narrow margin to conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer for the 2001 championship.
Jockey Rene Douglas, who won the 2001 riding championship at Arlington Park during his first full season here, successfully defended his title last season and has earned his third straight championship in 2003.
Only two other jockeys have ever won three straight Arlington Park jockey championships, and they are both now in the National Museum and Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs.
Steve Brooks won three straight Arlington titles from 1947-49, and Bill Hartack equaled that feat during the 1955-57 summer seasons in Chicago.
In 1992, Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Gilded Time, owned by Milch & Silverman, went on to Eclipse Award juvenile championship honors as the last 2-year-old to accomplish that double.
Also in 1992, Arlington-Washington Lassie winner Eliza, owned by Allen E. Paulson, went on to win the Eclipse Award as the juvenile filly champion as the last member of the distaff set to accomplish that double.
The last two winners of the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park, Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift this summer and Joseph Vitello's Tenpins last season, are both entered in Sunday's Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup at that south side Chicago oval.
The famed "piano player's double" of the 8-8 combination was in tune Friday at Arlington Park when Millsap Stables Inc.'s Dehere Blues won the opener for trainer Hal Wiggins with jockey Corey Lanerie aboard and Mrs. H. J. Logan's Petite Zinger won the second race for conditioner Joe McKeller with Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires up.
The trainer-jockey combination of Hal Wiggins and Corey Lanerie combined for a two-win day of their own when Paul A. Lichtefeld & Jack D. Stewart's Captain's Daughter won the seventh race. It was also Lanerie's second straight multi-win day at Arlington.
Earlie Fires, Arlington's all-time leading reinsman, also had a riding double Friday, completed when he won the sixth race with Glen Hill Farm's Strength Within for trainer Tom Proctor.
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