Once again in 2011 as part of the
festivities leading up to the Arlington Million, five retired jockey greats
will return to the saddle for one race and square off against five of the top riders
in the Arlington Park standings in the “Arlington Fab 5” vs. “Legends” turf
race complete with pari-mutuel wagering to be held on Friday, August 12, one
day before the 29th running of the Arlington Million.
Slated to take a one-day break
from retirement are Hall-of-Fame jockeys Earlie Fires and Chris McCarron;
two-time Arlington Park champion Mark Guidry; Patti Cooksey, who has been
participating in similar Legends races the last two seasons; and 1977 Triple Crown-winning
jockey Jean Cruguet.
In addition to regular win,
place, show, exacta, trifecta and superfecta betting available on the race, Arlington
Park will offer a wager
pitting the “Arlington Fab 5” against the “Legends” in a Head-to-Head format
based on a point structure. Last year, a victory by Inez Karlsson gave a
group of Arlington
Park riders the edge over
five retired jockeys in the inaugural jockey challenge.
The top five jockeys in the Arlington
Park standings at the
conclusion of racing on Saturday, August 6 will represent the current jockey
colony. Riding assignments for the race will be pulled by lot when
entries are drawn for the Friday card on Sunday, August 7.
As of the conclusion of racing on
Sunday, July 31, the top five riders in the Arlington
standings were Jozbin Santana, James Graham, Eduardo Perez, E. T. Baird and
Junior Alvarado. Julio Felix, Seth Martinez and Tim Thornton are just outside
the Top 5 and could sneak in to race depending how they the next three days.
The five former riders will be at
part of the day’s third annual “Dining With The Dynasty” fund raiser, a charity
event that brings legendary jockeys from all over the country to raise funds to
benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Racetrack Chaplaincy of
This year’s event will provide
ticket purchasers with a unique chance to dine and share stories with legendary
jockeys. In addition to the five listed above, scheduled to appear are Walter
Blum, Bill Boland, Angel Cordero, Pat Day, David Erb, Jackie Fires, Sandy
Hawley, Laffit Pincay Jr., Randy Romero, John Rotz, Ray Sibille, Ron Turcotte
and Bobby Ussery.
Ticketholders will spend an
afternoon in Arlington’s
popular Mr. D.’s Sports Bar with the legendary and Hall of Fame jockeys who
will share stories, reminisce about racing experiences and autograph racing
memorabilia. Tickets are on sale now at arlingtonpark.com and the Arlington
Park box office.
In addition to “Dining With The
Dynasty”, many of the riders will appear at Breakfast at Arlington
from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 12 and will participate in a
public autograph session from 10:30 a.m. until Noon on Arlington Million Day,
Saturday, August 13.