There was little movement
Thursday in the race for leading rider honors at Arlington with current leader
James Graham and current runner-up J. Z. Santana both going winless, and
although current third-place jockey Junior Alvarado had one winner during the
day, the riding star of the afternoon was jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan with a
The 23-year-old Jamaican-born
reinsman won Thursday’s opener aboard Dale Wessels’ Gilded Quest for trainer
Tom Swearingen, came back to the winner’s circle to take the fifth on Power Ten
Farm’s At the Finish for conditioner Jere Smith Jr., and then bookended the
program astride Boss Girl, owned by MSN Equine Group and trained by Donna Dupuy.
The afternoon’s hat trick
moved Bridgmohan, who rode his 500th career winner earlier this summer, to the
cusp of the top 10 in the riding standings with Friday, Saturday and Sunday
programs remaining in Arlington’s 2011 86-day meeting.
Bridgmohan, who won the
$100,000 Arlington Sprint here in July aboard Silverton Hill’s Havelock
after capturing the $125,000 Indiana Distaff three days earlier astride Jean
and Ted Barlas and Mike Porcaro’s Trac N Jam, will journey along with agent Jon
Suwanski to Chicago’s southside for a fall
campaign at Hawthorne.
ARLINGTON FAMILY’S ANGELA HILLEBRAND SUWANSKI
Angela Hillebrand Suwanski,
daughter of the late longtime Illinois owner
and breeder John Hillebrand, and wife of Arlington
jockey agent Jon Suwanski, is continuing her recovery both emotionally and
physically from her tragic personal ordeal last month.
Mrs. Suwanski donated a kidney
to her father in August in an attempt to save his life, but Mr. Hillebrand died
shortly after the surgery. Arlington
Park observed a public
moment of silence in Mr. Hillebrand’s memory shortly after his death.
“(Angela)’s coming along
slowly,” said Jon Suwanski of his wife Thursday morning. “She’s just
taking it day-by-day. What she went through is a lot to overcome, but
she’s a tough woman. She’ll be all right, eventually. It’ll just
take some time.”
TRAINER DANNY MILLER GETTING BETTER
trainer Danny Miller, who had successful surgery to implant a new pacemaker in
his chest in early June, continues his own recovery from the operation that
necessitated making a baseball-size pocket in his chest to put the new
“The old one I had implanted
in 2007 was smaller, but it wasn’t doing the job anymore,” Miller explained.
“I’ll get better as time goes
on,” said Miller during training hours this week – more than three months after
the surgery. “I’ve gained some weight, and that’s good, but I’ll probably
never completely be back all the way.”
Miller, who had the operation
on a Tuesday, was released from the hospital the next morning in time to saddle
Dennis Becker and Rick Bost’s Minnie Sunshine in the second half of that
Wednesday’s Daily Double.
Minnie Sunshine, a 4-year-old
daughter of 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava, has continued to blossom for
Miller this summer.
“She’s a pretty nice filly and
I’ve had some good luck with her this season,” said Miller. “She’s won
three of five races for me this summer.”
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR TRAINER TOMMY TOMILLO FRIDAY
A memorial service for
longtime Arlington trainer Tommy Tomillo, who
died just over a year ago, will be held Friday at Arlington
Park after the 10th race
of the 11-race program.
Tomillo, a Chicago
native who was 66-years-old at the time of his death on Sept. 1, 2010, began
training at Arlington in 1971, had saddled 376 at Arlington during his career
and ranked 17th among Arlington’s all-time leading trainers entering
Arlington’s 2011 season.