Former jockey Carlos Silva,
who retired from the tack less than two years ago as Arlington’s third all-time
leading rider, saddled his first winner as a trainer Saturday with a horse he
used to ride piloted by a jockey who he booked mounts for last season.
“I feel right now like I just
won the Kentucky Derby,” said Silva moments after Asiel Stable’s Heavenly Lass
drove to a half-length victory in Saturday’s fourth race under Brandon
Meier. “It was a beautiful race for me to win, and to win it with Brandon
made it even better. He’s my man.”
Last year, during Arlington’s
Prairie State Festival when working as Brandon’s
agent, Silva got Meier the mount on Heavenly Lass when she won the 2010 Purple
In October of 2009, Silva
guided Heavenly Lass to a five-length victory at Hawthorne
in her career debut when she was trained by Richard Hazelton, Arlington’s
all-time leading trainer.
Earlier this month on June 4,
Chilean native Silva officially embarked on his training career by saddling
Asiel Stable’s Dazzling Day to finish sixth after the horse was compromised by
repeated bumping leaving the gate.
MEIER RETURNS FROM INJURY WITH TWO WINS
Jockey Brandon Meier,
seriously injured in a spill at Hawthorne Race Course Feb. 18, visited the
winner’s circle for the first time Saturday since returning to riding June 22
by guiding Richard Ravin’s Neverrguwithrichie to a 7 3/4-length tally in the
first race of the day.
“It feels great to win a race
again,” said Meier. “Larry (winning trainer Rivelli) helped me out by
giving me back the mount on (Richard Ravin and Christine Wagner’s) Helicopter
last Sunday and I couldn’t get the job done, but then he was nice enough to
give me another shot with this horse.”
Meier, named Arlington’s
Rising Star in 2007, is the son of longtime Arlington
reinsman Randy Meier, 12th on Arlington’s
list of all-time leading riders, who was on hand to great his son shortly after
“He looked like me going to
the lead like that,” said the senior Meier, known for his front-running riding
style throughout his career.
“That’s where I learned it,”
his son responded.
Meier came right back to the
winner’s circle for his second win of the afternoon after the fourth race
Saturday aboard Asiel Stable’s Heavenly Lass to give Carlos Silva his first win
as a trainer.
“I was just happy for Carlos,”
Meier said after that win.
INDIAN JOCKEY NARREDU RETURNS TO INDIA
Jockey Suraj Narredu, a native
of India who reached the
1,000-career win milestone faster than any other rider in that nation’s
Thoroughbred history, returned to India
on Sunday after a six-week sojourn in the United
Narredu, 26, finished fourth
with his final American mount – Larry Bingham’s Run Big Bud Run – in Saturday’s
seventh race at Arlington.
“I have greatly enjoyed my
time here at Arlington this season and I want
to thank everybody for all their help to me while I was here,” said Narredu
Saturday, shortly before Arlington’s
fireworks show began. “Right now, I am under contract to return to India,
where I am scheduled to ride three very good mounts in three important races
back home on July 10, but I’m looking forward to coming back to America
Narredu’s lone local tally
came aboard owner-trainer Al Ali’s Invisible Star on May 29.
JOCKEY SETH MARTINEZ
SCORES SATURDAY HAT TRICK
Jockey Seth Martinez, hanging
his tack at Arlington
on a full-time basis for the first time this season, enjoyed his first
three-win day at the local oval on Saturday.
Martinez won the second half
of Saturday’s Daily Double aboard Jay Skibinski’s Drumblare for trainer Tammy
Domenosky; came right back to the winner’s circle after the third on Wendell
Yates, Tim Leary and Matt and Scott Maberry’s Well Excuuuse Me for defending
trainer champion Wayne Catalano; and completed his hat trick in the sixth
astride Marablue Farm’s Sweetbriar Academy to give Catalano a training double.