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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

Contact: David Zenner (773) 242-1121 ext. 310

Tuesday, February 26, 2002
3 Days Until Opening Day


An overnight snowfall couldn't cool the red-hot enthusiasm of the local horsemen as the entry box was overflowing for Friday's opening day card at Sportsman's Park. The March 1 opener, the first of 46 days scheduled for the Cicero, Illinois, oval, attracted 89 entries (plus six also eligible horses) for the nine-race program.

Trainer Kris Turner kicked things off when she phoned in the first entry of the season to assistant racing secretary Gary Duch shortly after 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. Unfortunately that horse, Report to All, ended up on the also eligible list for the 1st race.

The opening day featured eighth race is a six-furlong optional claiming/allowance race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward which are non-winners of four races other than maiden, claiming or starter or have been entered for a claiming price of $50,000.

My Jo Lee Stable II's Soul Onarazorsedge has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the field of nine distaffers. Last time out, the daughter of Carson City finished fourth in the $50,000 American Beauty at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 9 after running second in the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park on Jan. 12. The Eugene Brajczewski-trained filly will be ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr.

Among those she'll be facing are Illinois-bred distaffers Buba's Caper, recent winner of a third-level allowance race at Mountaineer Park and Q.P. Cat, second in the Little Sucker Stakes at Hawthorne last fall.

As of Friday afternoon, there were 1,222 on the grounds. More than 80 horses arrived over the weekend to boost the total past 1,300 with horses arriving by the vanload daily.


Entry forms for the $5,000 Chi Town Challenge are available online at The Chi Town Challenge is a free sudden-death competition that begins Monday, March 4 and continues every racing day until there is one person left standing. The handicapper who lasts the longest will receive the only prize: $5,000. The prize money will be divided equally if there is more than one winner.

The object of Chi Town Challenge is to select just one horse in any race on each day of the live racing at Sportsman's Park that you think will finish in the money (1st, 2nd or 3rd). Select correctly on Day No. 1 and you'll move on to Day No. 2 and so on. Entrants who fail to correctly select a horse to finish in the money or who fail to make a selection before the deadline of any race day are eliminated from the contest.

Deadline to make daily selections will be 12:30 p.m. CST every race day. Scratches and changes will be made available by 11:45 a.m. CST every race day.

To enter the contest people are requested to complete the electronic registration form that is available at Sportsman's Park must receive all registrations by 11:30 a.m. CST on Monday, March 4, 2002.


Because of FOX Sports Net Chicago's commitment to NASCAR, college basketball and the Chicago Bulls, the first edition of "Post Time at Sportsman's Park" will air at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The show will move to its regular 5:30 p.m. time slot the following day.

On Sunday, March 3, there likely will not be a show because of lack of available airtime. On Monday, March 4, the show will air at 4:30 p.m. while on Tuesday, March 5, the show is slated for a 7 p.m. timeslot.

Beginning Friday, March 8, the program will move to its 5:30 p.m. timeslot on a regular basis.


Be sure to come to Sportsman's Park Saturday, March 2 as Sportsman's and the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association are giving away free golf shirts to the first 5,000 paid admissions (after 10:30 am).




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