In May of 2009, jockey Inez Karlsson became the first female rider in Arlington
history to ride five winners on a single program. In June of that year,
the Swedish-born jockey became Arlington’s
all-time leading female rider, but on July 25 of 2011, Karlsson outdid those
accomplishments by delivering a baby daughter.
Sophia Rose Calcagno came into
the world last Monday tacking six pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches
long. Coincidentally, she was born on the same day that Karlsson’s former
agent Penny Ffitch-Heyes delivered her own recently-celebrated daughter Bella
four years earlier. In fact, Karlsson had attended a birthday party for
Bella on Sunday evening.
Ffitch-Heyes, in the meantime,
is serving as the agent for Arlington’s
current leading rider J. Z. Santana, as well as current fourth-place reinsman
E. T. Baird.
DEFENDING TRAINER CHAMP ‘CAT’ SADDLES SUNDAY BIRTHDAY
Conditioner Wayne Catalano, Arlington’s
defending trainer champion of the last six years, celebrated his 55th birthday
last Sunday by saddling two winners on the program.
The two-win day moved Catalano
into a tie with Chris Block for third-place in the trainer standings entering
Thursday’s racing day, five wins off the pace of Arlington’s current leading
trainer Scott Becker.
Catalano posed in the winner’s
circle with Charles Galli’s Capt. Bullet Bob after Sunday’s second race and
returned after Sunday’s fourth race with Mike Anderson Thoroughbreds’
2-year-old filly first time starter Awesome Gisel. Both of Catalano’s
winners were ridden by Seth Martinez.
In addition to his six
straight local titles, Catalano has been Arlington’s
trainer champion nine of the last 11 years and was also the nation’s second
leading rider behind Eclipse Award-winning rider Steve Cauthen in 1977.
Last year, Catalano enjoyed a
season by saddling 75 winners to better his own mark by one.
‘GIRLS DAY OUT’ RED CARPET GATHERING SATURDAY
Ladies interested in an
exclusive red carpet event to enhance Saturday’s “Girls Day Out” theme at Arlington
Park might be interested
in the new “Girls’ Day Out” package that will be offered in the International
Room, with tickets still available at arlingtonpark.com.
With floor-to-ceiling windows,
ladies will stay cool inside while watching the horses throughout the
afternoon. Also, guests purchasing this package will learn about the
latest makeup and fashion trends, get miniature spa treatments, and walk away
with some great freebies – all while enjoying special libations and summer
savories with sweet treats.
The International Room package
is designed to promise the ladies a fun-filled day of fashion, pampering,
shopping and festivities, but will also offer racing tips during the
afternoon’s racing program.
Last but not least, every girl
who purchases the International Room package is invited to enter to win the
Grand Prize, where one lucky lady will receive a $2,000 personal shopping
experience from every girl’s favorite luxury 5th
Avenue jeweler courtesy of Arlington
Also, all ladies attending
Saturday’s “Girls’ Day Out” get the chance to put on their favorite summer
dress, pull out their favorite fashion hat and enter the Fashion Hat Contest,
and sip on a specialty “Girls’ Day Out” cocktail during the afternoon.
“Prom Band” will be the
featured band in the Park Area Saturday, giving all the ladies a chance to
reminisce about old times with songs from the ‘70s to the present.
ATTENTION BETTORS: SURFACE CHANGE RULE ELIMINATED
Effective July 28, 2011, when
a scheduled turf race is moved to the Polytrack, fans will no longer receive an
“all” in the Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5 or Pick 6 wager pursuant to the repeal of
Illinois Racing Board rules 308.40 b) and 308.90 e).