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“Young Guns” vs. “Cagey Veterans” in Pari-Mutuel Race
Five retired jockey greats will return to the saddle for one race and square off against the five of the top riders in the Arlington Park standings in a "Young Guns" vs. "Cagey Veterans" turf race with pari-mutuel wagering to be held on Friday, August 20, one day before the 28th running of the Arlington Million.
Slated to take a one-day break from retirement are Hall-of-Fame jockeys Earlie Fires and Gary Stevens; two-time Arlington Park champion Mark Guidry; Patti Cooksey, who won the Female Legends race earlier this year; 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 "young guns" vs. "cagey veterans" in a Head-to-Head format based on a point structure.
The top four male riders and the leading female rider in the Arlington Park standings at the conclusion of racing on Saturday, August 14 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 15.
The top four riders in the Arlington standings are currently Junior Alvarado, Michael Baze, James Graham and Jesus Castanon, and the leading female jockey at the current meet is Inez Karlsson.
The five former riders will be at Arlington as part of the day's second 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 America.
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 Hall of Famers: Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, Laffit Pincay Jr., 2010 inductee Randy Romero, John Rotz and Ron Turcotte; plus Bill Boland, Jackie Fires, Dennis Keehan and Ray Sibille.
Ticketholders will spend an afternoon in Arlington's brand new Longshots 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 20 and will participate in a public autograph session from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Arlington Million Day, Saturday, August 21.