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Barn Notes: Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In Today's Notes: Four Days of Fun Scheduled for Arlington's Labor Day Weekend; Workin for Hops Ready to Try Saturday's Washington Park 'Cap; Beverly D. Runner Kapitale Works for Woodbine's Canadian Stakes; Torres, Graham Stay in Tight Battle for Leading Rider Honors
FOUR DAYS OF FUN SCHEDULED FOR ARLINGTON'S LABOR WEEKEND
Arlington's guests can look forward to four successive days of special attractions as the northwest suburban Chicago oval celebrates the end of summer during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
The fun begins Friday with a twilight racing program with a first post time of 3 p.m. – the last such post time of the season – but at the conclusion of Friday's races there will be a special "Party in the Park After Dark" with one of the biggest and best parties of the 2012 season.
Scheduled from 6-10 p.m., the concluding Party in the Park of Arlington's 2012 season will be an after-dark gathering will that will feature dancing, live music, popular entertainment and food and drink specials. The theme of the evening will be "80s Night" and guests are encouraged to arrive dressed in their favorite attire from that decade.
"Wedding Band" – a group that is described a musical experience as well as a show – will play favorite hits of the '80s throughout the night and a $25 bar package will be available featuring Miller products and Blue Moon cocktails.
On Saturday, there will be a Miller Lite Summer Bash in the Park area with the band "He Said She Said" performing on the main band stage from 1-5 p.m. Also, Mr. D's Sports Bar will stay open after the day's racing program is over.
Saturday's racing program showcases the 79th running of the Grade III Washington Park Handicap, a nine-furlong test for 3-year-olds and up that has been won in the past by such greats as Swaps, Round Table, Dr. Fager and Spectacular Bid.
Lothenbach Stables' Mister Marti Gras, the hero of last year's Washington Park 'Cap, will attempt to repeat that tally and equal the feat of Feel The Thunder Stable's Gran Estreno, who won the 2009 and 2010 renewals.
On Sunday of Labor Day weekend there will be Family Day activities sponsored by Pepsi and the Daily Herald, featuring the AZoosment Park and North Suburban Children's Business Network, but also offering the usual free pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and the new Junior Jockey Zone. Also, Radio Disney will be on hand at Arlington Sunday.
A special Labor Day Monday racing program, only the second Monday racing program of the summer, will take place to conclude the extended holiday weekend. The final Family Day sponsored by Pepsi and the Daily Herald will also be offered Monday, featuring Legoland Discovery Center but also including pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting.
The band "Jin & Tonic" will play live music on the band stage from 1-5 p.m. on Monday and a "Learn to Win" Seminar will be conducted from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Park.
WORKIN FOR HOPS READY TO TRY SATURDAY'S WASHINGTON PARK 'CAP
Barry Golden's Workin for Hops, who returned to the barn of trainer Mike Stidham in early June, will attempt to return to his winning ways at Arlington in Saturday's $150,000 Washington Park Handicap.
Two summers ago, Workin for Hops won the first two legs of Arlington's Mid-America Triple and last year he was second under the wire in the Washington Park before being disqualified and placed third.
BEVERLY D. RUNNER KAPITALE WORKS FOR GRADE II CANADIAN STAKES
The German-bred filly Kapitale, who finished fourth in the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes August 18 in the silks of Gestut Karlshof, breezed three furlongs in 36.40 over Arlington's Polytrack Wednesday morning in preparation for Woodbine's Grade II Canadian Stakes for fillies and mares on Sept. 16.
TORRES, GRAHAM STAY IN TIGHT BATTLE FOR LEADING RIDER HONORS
Veteran Chicago-raised reins master Francisco Torres, in pursuit of his first jockey championship at his hometown oval, is three wins in front of Arlington's defending jockey champion James Graham going into Thursday's race day – the 70th race day of Arlington's 2012 90-day session that will bring down the curtain Sept. 30.