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"Arlington's Fab-5" vs. "Legends" in Pari-Mutuel Race
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 Arlington as 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 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 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 21.