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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2002


"I sure appreciate everything that everybody has done for me," said a grateful Roy Houghton Tuesday morning after his fellow horsemen and friends rallied around him to throw a fundraiser last Saturday night to help offset the substantial medical bills the trainer amassed during a recent hospital stay. "I thought it was great. I wasn't there (at the event) but I heard it was quite a turnout."

The fundraiser, which was held at jockey Eddie Perez' "After The Races" tavern located across from the track's stable area, was organized by trainer Janice Ely, track clocker Barb Poprawski and "After The Races" co-owner Iris Cotto.

"We went over the $10,000 mark in donations (Monday) afternoon," Ely said, "and there's still money trickling in via the mail. So many people helped to make this possible including Sid Drexler, who donated a 1 stall round trip van ride to Kentucky which (trainer) Richie Scherer won with a $350 bid. Eddie Burton donated a mint condition program from the Swaps-Nashua match race that went to (trainer) Dan Arrigo who bid $400.

"Tom Walsh got into the spirit of the moment and right there on the spot donated tickets and a limousine ride to a White Sox game that went for $180," she continued. "A Fred Stone print went to Rick Sanchez for something like $400."

A raffle for a brand new 2002 Ford Ranger, courtesy of local horseman Vince Domino's Domino Ford in Midlothian, and other prizes including a one-carat men's diamond ring will be held on May 18. Tickets, which are $20 apiece, can be purchased on-track in the horsemen's bookkeeper's office or at "After The Races."

Houghton, who has been out to the track on a limited basis since being released from the hospital a couple of weeks ago, sees his cardiologist today to see what course of treatment is next for the aneurysm in his chest.


Stakes coordinator Chris Polzin said that trainer Steve Flint indicated that he would start Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein's De Bertie in Sunday's Lady Hallie Handicap if it doesn't rain.

The daughter of De Niro, who was assigned 118 pounds by racing secretary Allan Plever, won the restricted Allen E. Paulson Handicap at Gulfstream Park in February after capturing the $65,000 Escena Stakes there the previous month. Last year, De Bertie was three for six including scores in the Grade III Sabin and Grade II Rampart handicaps at the south Florida oval.

Speaking of the Lady Hallie, trainer Charlie Vinci is hoping for a fast track Sunday for his charge Adam's Time, who is expected to start in the mile and a sixteenth race.

"She likes this track," Vinci said. "I just hope it isn't sloppy. She doesn't like that at all. She would have won (the Cicero Handicap) in one more jump. That race was six furlongs which is not her best distance."

Other likely starters include: Pretty Gale, Lady Tamworth, Technical Key, Twilight Aurora and Lunar Star. A decision on whether Pompeii, the race's 122-pound highweight, will start in the Lady Hallie is expected Tuesday afternoon.


With three more winners on Monday, jockey Larry Sterling Jr. expanded his lead over Alfredo Juarez Jr. in the standings to six. Entering Tuesday's card, Sterling holds a 29-23 edge over his closest rival. Defending champion Randall Meier is next in the standings with 21 victories, followed by Chris Emigh (17 wins) and Jesse Campbell (16) to round out the top five.

Top trainer Mike Reavis bagged another double on Monday to extend his advantage over second-place Frank Kirby to five, by a count of 19-14. Tom Dorris (10 wins), Charlie Vinci (8) and Richard Hazelton (8) complete the top five.

The Hondo Ranch of Sharon Kirby and the Russell L. Reineman Stable are deadlocked atop the owner standings with seven wins apiece. Wexler Stable's (6 wins), Rick Englander (5) and Mike Reavis (5) make-up the rest of the top five.


The Illinois Racing Board formally approved Sportsman's Park's request to add live racing on Thursdays April 11, 18 and 25 to make up for three cards lost in March. Post time for all three Thursdays will be at 1:10 p.m. Central and "Post Time at Sportsman's" will air each of those nights at 5:30 p.m. Central on FOX Sports Net Chicago.




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