Three carryover pools than
grew over the course of Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing
weekend will be up for grabs Thursday when live racing returns to Chicago’s
northwest suburban oval.
Pick-6 carryover pool of $15,872 is estimated to swell to about $25,000 by the
time Thursday’s fifth race leaves the gate. Arlington’s
Pick-6 is based on a $1 wager in which players are asked to pick the winners of
fifth through 10th races Thursday on the same ticket.
Pick-5 carryover pool of $6,207 is also estimated to balloon to approximately
$25,000 by the time Thursday’s sixth race goes off. Arlington’s
Pick-5 is based on a 50-cent wager where fans must pick the winners of the
sixth through 10th races on the same ticket. As an added incentive, the
Pick-5 is enhanced by a low 15 percent takeout on the wager.
Pick-9 carryover pool is $6,687 entering Thursday and is estimated to grow to
approximately $15,000 by the time Arlington’s
first race goes to the post at 1 p.m. In the Place Pick-9, which is based
on a $1 wager, speculators are required to have their selected horses finish
first or second on the same ticket in Thursday’s first through ninth race.
O’BRIEN’S TWO STARTERS MAKE HIM TOP MONEY WINNING
ubiquitous globetrotting trainer Aidan O’Brien zeroed in on Arlington
Park Saturday with his first two
starters of the local season, and by the time the day was over he had become Arlington’s
top money-winning trainer of the 2011 session.
That’s because O’Brien’s two
equine invaders were the Irish-bred Arlington
Blanco, owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and
Michael Tabor, and the British-bred
also owned by Smith, Mrs. Magnier and Tabor.
Blanco and Treasure
Beach gave O’Brien purse
earnings of $808,800, third highest among single-day earnings amassed by any
conditioner on Arlington Million Day.
The late Hall of Fame trainer
Bobby Frankel recorded single-day purse earnings of $840,000 when he won the
2002 Arlington Million with the British-bred Beat Hollow, owned and bred by
Juddmonte Farms, and the 2002 Secretariat Stakes with the Kentucky-bred
Chiselling, also owned and bred by Juddmonte.
However, the largest
single-day purse earnings recorded by any trainer on Arlington Million Day was
also registered by Frankel in 2000 when the Million had a $2 million purse and
the winner was Chester House, also owned and bred by Juddmonte in Kentucky.
The winner’s purse earnings that year were $1,200,000.
Interestingly, the Aidan
O’Brien-trained Ciro, owned by Jayeff B. Stable, won the Secretariat Stakes
Arlington-based trainer Chris
Block, who had recorded purse earnings of $656,628 through Sunday’s 61st racing
day of Arlington’s 86-day 2011 season, appears the most likely of those who
could catch O’Brien as Arlington’s top money-winning trainer by the time the
local session ends Sept. 25.
Due to their 2011 Arlington
Million win with Cape Blanco,
the ownership group of Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and
Michael Tabor are now Arlington’s
leading money-winning owners with $576,000 in purse earnings, but owner William
Stiritz has purse earnings of $543,514 and is in a position to easily surpass
MILLER, DIVITO, SANTANA AND SANCHEZ ALL GET SUNDAY
Conditioners Danny Miller and
Jimmy DiVito both scored training doubles Sunday at Arlington, with Miller
saddling Marco Bommarito’s You’re too Wild to win the third race and returning
to the winner’s circle after the ninth with Miller Racing Stable’s Phoenix
DiVito, who had a training
triple here earlier this season, won back-to-back races Sunday, taking the
seventh with Lee Battaglia’s Macho Coach and the eighth with William Cox’s Ann
of the Dance.
current leading jockey J. Z. Santana won both halves of Sunday’s Daily Double,
winning the opener on American Star Racing Stable’s Proud Osceola for trainer
Steve Fridley and the second aboard Bluegrass Equine Bloodstock’s Free Ticket
for Mike Maker.
Spanish-born rider Diego
Sanchez won Sunday’s sixth race on Jose Nava’s Miss Palatine for trainer Gary
Delong and was also astride Ann of the Dance for DiVito in the eighth.