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Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2002


Eight horses, evenly divided between locals and shippers, passed the entry box Tuesday morning for Saturday's $200,000 National Jockey Club Handicap, a Grade III race for 4-year-olds & upward at a mile and an eighth at Sportsman's Park. Defending champion Chicago Six looks to regain his stature as the best among the locals while Ubiquity is prominent on the list of invaders.

A 7-year-old son of Wild Again, Richard E. Trebat's Chicago Six comes into the NJC Handicap off an uncharacteristic fifth-place finish in the $100,000 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap here March 30, six days after finishing a fast-closing second to Mc Mahon in the $100,000 Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap. Last year, the Jere R. Smith Sr.-trained horse won three stakes races, topped by the NJC Handicap, in less than a one-month timespan. Chicago Six will be the starting highweight on Saturday, carrying 117 pounds including his regular jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Gary & Mary West's Ubiquity, a graded stakes winner with earnings approaching the $400,000 mark, returns to action after finishing 13th to stablemate Mongoose in the Grade I Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in his seasonal debut. Last fall, while under the tutelage of Bill Mott, the son of Colonial Affair pulled off a 19-1 upset in the Grade II Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, winning the mile and an eighth race by a neck in front-running fashion. Now trained by H. James Bond, Ubiquity has been assigned 115 pounds for the NJC 'Cap and will be ridden by Mike McCarthy.

Boyce & Ruffolo's Mc Mahon is trying to accomplish the same Sportsman's Park Breeders' Cup Handicap - National Jockey Club Handicap sweep that Chicago Six pulled off one year ago. In the Sportsman's BC, the Michele Boyce-trained son of Salt Lake wired his foes and held off the late charge of Chicago Six to prevail by a neck. Last Sunday when prepping for the NJC 'Cap, McMahon drilled seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 under jockey Larry Sterling Jr., who fills in for the injured Randall Meier in Saturday's headliner.

Peter M. Crane's Hail The Chief, trained by Niall O'Callaghan, invades off a solid second-place finish to Macho Uno in a beaten allowance race at Gulfstream Park in March after winning a similar race there one month earlier. Jorge Chavez will come in to ride the son of Be My Chief.

Yoshito Fujita's E Z Glory makes a second foray to Chicago after running second to Frazee's Folly last time out in a tough allowance race at Keeneland on April 7. Last year, the son of Cox's Ridge was four for eight with three second-place finishes including a victory in a third-level allowance at Arlington Park in his previous trip to Illinois. Calvin Borel has the mount aboard the Carl Bowman trainee.

Completing the field for the National Jockey Club Handicap (with jockey listed) are: C. Galli's Deferred Comp (Brian Peck), fifth in the Grade III Creme Fraiche Handicap at Gulfstream Park in March; and the locally based Apalachee Special (Eusebio Razo Jr.) and Bandana (E. T. Baird).


Because of a first-round Stanley Cup playoff game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues, Thursday's edition of "Post Time at Sportsman's" will air one-half hour earlier than usual, at 5 p.m. Central time. As long as the Blackhawks remain alive in the NHL post season, further schedule changes for "Post Time at Sportsman's" are possible. Check Sportsman's web site at www.sportsmanspark.com for any last minute changes.


Sportsman's Park, local area mayors and legislators, and West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) are teaming up May 4 to raise funds for people with disabilities in WSRRA recreation programs.

"Our 1st annual Derby Gala will bring mayors, legislators and village presidents together with friends of WSSRA to raise funds while having fun at Sportsman's Park. We will enjoy an afternoon of live racing, a great buffet lunch, open bar, contests, a silent auction and a simulcast of the Kentucky Derby," said Sandra Gbur, WSSRA executive director.

Derby Gala tickets are available for $50 and include the buffet and open bar. A hat contest and best tie competition will add to the festive celebration. Call WSSRA at (847) 455-2100 to reserve a ticket or to donate an auction item. WSSRA serves residents of Berwyn and Cicero with disabilities.




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