trainer Jimmy DiVito saddled three winners at Chicago’s
northwest oval Saturday, including both halves of the Daily Double.
The 61-year-old native
Chicagoan, son of the late longtime local trainer Pete DiVito, gave a leg up to
jockey J. Z. Santana on Doubledown Stables’ Blue Forty in the opener, and then
hoisted Santana aboard his own 4-year-old colt Jimmy Got Even in the second
race to give that Puerto Rican-born reinsman a riding double for the day.
DiVito then returned to the
paddock in the fifth event to saddle William Cox’s Ann of the Dance, like Blue
Forty a 2-year-old filly making the first start of her career, to win that
six-furlong dash and allow her sire, grass champion English Channel, his first
winner at stud. Spanish-born jockey Diego Sanchez was up on Ann of the
“I think I’ll keep the
D’Wildcat filly (Blue Forty) sprinting for awhile,” said DiVito Sunday morning
during training hours, but as for the English Channel
filly, she may have a future on the grass.
“I’ve got a real good record
teaming up with J. Z.,” said DiVito of Sanchez after that rider swept the Daily
Double. “He’s a good little up-and-coming rider. As for Diego, he’s
kind of a mainstay around the barn. He works a lot of horses for me.”
Richard Templer, owner of Blue
Forty’s Doubledown Stables silks, and William Cox, the Chicago
doctor who owns Ann of the Dance, are, like DiVito, native Chicagoans.
Arlington’s current leading
trainer Larry Rivelli, another native Chicagoan, and current runner-up Scott
Becker, born downstate in Belleville, are the two other horsemen who have saddled
training triples this season at Arlington Park.
JOCKEY JULIO FELIX HITS A HAT TRICK AT ARLINGTON
Jockey Julio Felix, who came
to Arlington as a relative unknown in 2010 before riding three winners last
August 27, tallied with another hat trick Saturday to register as the riding
star of the afternoon.
Born in The Bronx, New
York, but raised in St. Croix, U.
S. Virgin Islands, Felix kicked off his Saturday triple in
the fourth race astride Virginia Inman’s Hello Love for trainer Charlie
Livesay, came back to the winner’s circle after the eighth aboard Jerry
Jamgotchian’s Gribble’s Gamble for conditioner Eric Reed and concluded the hat
trick in the finale on Ken Sentel and Tom Dorris’s No More Talkin for trainer
FUNDRAISER FOR RETIRING RACEHORSES COMING JUNE 25
A chance to meet Arlington
Park jockeys, a party in the paddock
and a winner’s circle celebration are some of the highlights scheduled for the
upcoming 2011 Annual Charity Fundraiser to Save Retiring Racehorses, to be held
June 25 at Arlington
after the last race of the afternoon.
Live entertainment, including
Elvis at the Track, and a raffle will also be part of the package for $25 a
ticket that will include entrance to the event, two cocktails as well as hors
d’oeuvres. For more information, contact: ITHA, Mary Stout at (847)
FIRE AND POLICE APPRECIATION DAY AT ARLINGTON
Fire and Police Appreciation
Day, a day designed to honor and appreciate local fire and police men and women
and their families, is coming to Arlington
Park on Sunday, June 26.
Arlington Park would like to
help “Camp I Am Me” – an effort designed to provide a get away for child burn
survivors – and a portion of online ticket sales by June 22 with the promo code
AP11FIREPOLICE (for only $4) will go to benefit Burn Camp/Camp I Am Me.
HOSTS ALL-TURF PICK-5 WEDNESDAY
has also scheduled an All-Turf Pick-5 for Wednesday’s program, weather