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Baird, Emigh & Silva to be Honored on Million Preview Day
Arlington Park-based jockeys E T Baird and Chris Emigh and recently retired rider Carlos Silva will be honored with a special presentation on Million Preview Day Saturday, July 17 for major milestones recorded here last season.
Baird earned the 2,000th victory of his career last July 17 when he guided John Karakourtis's Bond Street for trainer Hugh Robertson to a 2 1/2-length win in the second race that afternoon. The Chicago, Illinois, native has spent the bulk of his 25-year career on the Chicago circuit and is the son of the late R. L. Baird, a winner of more than 3,000 races himself.
Emigh, a mainstay at Arlington since the mid-1990s, notched the 3,000th victory of his career when he guided John Reinhart's Thanks Lord for trainer Frank Kirby to a 1 3/4-length win in the fourth race on May 30, 2009. Champion rider here in 2006 with 110 wins, the Portsmouth, Virginia, native has been a consistent top 10 performer here for more than a decade.
Silva, who hung up his tack in April after more than 30 years in the saddle, earned the last significant milestone of his long career when he picked up his 3,500th North American victory astride Ben Barnow's Iris Germanica for trainer Richard Hazelton to a 1 3/4-length win in the third race on Aug. 21, 2009. Since retiring, Silva has been serving as agent to jockey Brandon Meier.
Each of the three riders was honored in the winner's circle at the time of recording his milestone however since that time Arlington Park purchased trophies with special bases created to commemorate the jockeys on their accomplishments. The jockeys will be joined in the winner's circle by their families as well as their fellow riders.