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In Today's Notes: Jockey Brandon Meier Ready for Return to Riding Friday; Hall of Fame Jockey Earlie Fires Preparing for Retired Riders' Race; Arlington's Eighth Race Saturday to Benefit 'Galloping Out'
ARLINGTON'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF RACING LOOMS ON AUG. 18; LARGEST LIST OF EUROPEAN RUNNERS IN ITS HISTORY APPEARS LIKELY
In Today's Notes: Arlington Million Prospect Afsare Earns an 'A' in York Run July 28; Stars to Shine Lights Up Likely Field for Beverly D.; Seth Scores Saturday Hat Trick to Tie for Third in Jock Standings; Roger Brueggemann Saddles Training Double Saturday
In Today's Notes: Chris Block: Suntracer Shining as American St. Leger Possibility; Jockeys Jeffrey Sanchez, Tim Thornton Ride Friday Doubles; Calumet Farm's Citation Retired at Arlington 61 Years Ago
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In Today's Notes: Catalano Cops a Quartet of Wins Thursday at Arlington; Jockey Miguel Mena Makes His Mark Scoring Thursday Triple
ARLINGTON BUGLER JEAN LAURENZ: WATCHING THE MAKING OF A STAR
What a pleasure it has been over the last few summers for Arlington's guests to watch the musical growth of bugler Jean Laurenz, and lately her star just seems to keep on rising.
GOSDEN-TRAINED COLOMBIAN NOW POSSIBLE FOR ARLINGTON MILLION; MAMMA MIA! – BEATRICE AURORE LATEST FILLY LIKELY FOR BEVERLY D.
In Today's Notes: Jockey Constantino Roman Captures First Graded Stakes Win; Rosemary Records Riding Triple at Arlington Saturday; Arlington Pick-4 Returns $29,871 Saturday
Hernandez Racing Club's Illinois-bred filly La Tia remained perfect in three starts as a 3-year-old and in three starts racing on Polytrack by wiring six open company rivals in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks.
LaSala's Last Career Mount Million Preview Day? – Maybe Not
Ceremonies ensued immediately after veteran Chicago-based jockey Jerry LaSala rode Arapaho Royal's Royal Alluvial in the seventh race on Arlington's Million Preview Day July 14. Why? The popular homegrown rider – born, raised and always a resident of the Windy City – had announced just days earlier that he was retiring from the saddle effective as soon as he jumped off that mount.
In Today's Notes: Willcox Inn Returns to Arlington in Sunday's Feature Attraction; Winner Pays $163.60 in Thursday's Arlington Finale
In Today's Notes: Torres Sets Torrid Pace Thru First Half of 2012 Arlington Season; Catalano, Rivelli, Stidham: All Vie In Battle for Leading Trainer
CRACKERJACK KING POPS INTO ARLINGTON MILLION XXX MIX; BEVERLY D. FIELD NOW LIKELY TO LASSO LAW OF THE RANGE
In Today's Notes: Rahystrada On Course for Another Arlington Million Run; Beverly D. Rematch Possible for Romacaca and Upperline; American St. Leger Might Be 'Bigtime's Next Marathon; Leading Rider Torres Celebrates Win Quartet Saturday
Trainer Chris Block could have entered Team Block's Ioya Bigtime in either the Grade III Arlington Handicap or the Grade III Stars and Stripes Stakes but opted at entry time for the latter race, a decision which proved to be fortunate as the son of Dynaformer stole the $150,000 race at odds of 41-1 over favored Musketier.
Trainer Dale Romans has accounted for two-thirds of the 2012 Mid-America Triple after sending Albaugh Family Stable's Cozzetti to win the Grade III $200,000 American Derby by a neck in a thrilling finish over Jim Tafel's All Stormy. Shaun Bridgmohan rode the son of Cozzene who covered a mile and three-sixteenths over "good" turf in 1:57.42.
Robert Courtney Jr.'s 2010 Grade III Arlington Handicap winner Rahystrada returned to Arlington Park to capture the 2012 edition of the $200,000 turf race in wire-to-wire fashion under jockey Joel Rosario. The Scooter Hughes-trained son of Rahy went the mile and a quarter over "good" turf in 2:01.84.
Frank Calabrese's Romacaca prevailed after a prolonged stretch duel with Barbara Hunter's Snow Top Mountain to win the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap by a neck Saturday at Arlington Park. The Danny Miller-trained daughter of Running Stag covered the mile and three-sixteenths over "good" turf in 1:56.67.
In Today's Notes: Bill Thayer Reminisces About 'Glory Days' With Harvey Vanier; Vanier Saddled Two Winners of American Derby, Modesty 'Cap; Thayer Another Legendary Figure in