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Tuesday, March 26, 2002
CHICAGO SIX ENTERED FOR SATURDAY'S MILWAUKEE AVENUE
Trainer Jere R. Smith Sr. entered defending champion Chicago Six Tuesday morning for Saturday's $100,000 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap, one of six stakes races that comprise Illinois Champions Day. The son of Wild Again ran second in last Sunday's $104,450 Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap and will be racing on just six days rest should he start in Saturday's race.
Smith said late Monday that Chicago Six would walk the shedrow on Tuesday and gallop on Wednesday morning. A decision on whether to start Saturday wouldn't be made until after Wednesday's gallop. Should he start, he'll carry 127 pounds including jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Last year, the Richard Trebat colorbearer won the Sportsman's BC and raced back a week later to capture the Milwaukee Avenue by four lengths.
Eyebrow Raiser, who ran a well-beaten sixth in the Sportsman's BC, has also been entered to run back on six days rest in the Milwaukee Avenue.
TUESDAY ILLINOIS CHAMPIONS DAY DRILLS
Several contenders for this Saturday's Illinois Champions Day races were on the track at Hawthorne Race Course Tuesday morning making their final preparations for their respective weekend starts.
Working a half-mile Tuesday morning were Classic Appeal (Chicagoland Handicap) in 50.40 seconds; Coping (Land of Lincoln Stakes) in 50.40; Faccia Bella (Peach Of It Handicap) in 54.80; Gracility (Violet Stakes) in 51.60; Lil Mephistopheles (Milwaukee Avenue Handicap) in 54.80; Slide to Glory (Peach Of It) in 49.80; and Tap Your Feet (Peach Of It) in 50 seconds flat.
Ballado's Baby (Peach Of It) went five furlongs in 1:06.80.
NEW AGENT FOR MONTALVO
Jockey agent Justin Cassity reports that starting Friday he will be booking mounts for Carlos Montalvo. Cassity also handles engagements for Shane Laviolette.
'DERBY DOUBLE' PLANNED FOR APRIL 6
Sportsman's Park and Santa Anita Park are joining forces on Saturday, April 6 to allow racing fans across the country to bet a daily double combining the $500,000 Illinois Derby (Grade II) with the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (Grade I).
The bet, called the Derby Double, is a $1 minimum wager that will be hubbed through Sportsman's Park. Post time for the Illinois Derby, the first half of the Derby Double, is slated for 4:17 p.m. Central time with the Santa Anita Derby to follow at 4:40 p.m. Central.
Both races will be televised live by ESPN as part of "Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby" that will air from 4-5 p.m. Central time April 6.
ALBARADO TO RIDE HERE ON ILLINOIS CHAMPIONS DAY
Jockey Robby Albarado will be in town this week to accept mounts on Saturday's Illinois Champions Day Card. Albarado, who rode here in 1995, has secured mounts aboard Tap Your Feet in the Peach Of It Handicap, Baker Road in the Milwaukee Avenue Handicap, Good Better Best in the Land Of Lincoln Stakes; Q. P. Cat in the Governor's Lady Handicap; and Freeway Ticket in the Chicagoland Handicap.
JUAREZ HITS MONDAY GRAND SLAM
Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. posted his second four-win afternoon of the season Monday to move one victory shy of leading rider Larry Sterling Jr., who owns an 18-17 advantage heading into Tuesday's card.
Juarez took the opener with Win Won and followed with three in a row later in the card, capturing the sixth race aboard L. A. Bull, the seventh with Thetford Chase and the eighth astride Rubikisses.
Other multiple winners on Monday's card were trainers Jere R. Smith Sr. and Roger Brueggemann.
FUND RAISER PLANNED FOR TRAINER HOUGHTON
A fund raiser for trainer Roy Houghton, who has been hospitalized at MacNeal Hospital since March 11, will be held Saturday, April 6 starting at 5:00 p.m. at Eddie Perez' "After the Races" bar located at 3638 S. Laramie Avenue.
For a $20 donation, which will be collected at the door, there will be an all-you-can-eat buffet, draft beer, music and prizes.
Houghton, who was diagnosed with a chest aneurysm, may be moved from MacNeal to Hines Veterans Hospital this afternoon.
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