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Horses Arrive at Arlington Monday, April 12
With the first pitch of the baseball season signaling the unofficial return to spring, another rite of spring is on the horizon as horses return to Arlington Park on Monday, April 12, when the track's barn area opens for the 2010 season.
"Spring training" at Arlington Park begins Monday morning when the track opens its barn area at 7:00 a.m. Several outfits are expected to arrive throughout the day on Monday, the first day the track's barn area is available for stabling for the 2010 season, which begins on Thursday, April 29.
Stables will be arriving from as far as away as Hot Springs, Ark., and as close as Cicero, Ill. when trainers Donnie K. Von Hemel, Jeff Lynn, Charles Simon and Ingrid Mason are amongst those expected to ship-in early on.
Training on Arlington's 1 1/8-mile, all-weather Polytrack synthetic surface, which recently had a three-week scheduled maintenance project known as "inverting the track" completed, will begin Wednesday, April 14, at 8 a.m. Training hours on the main track will be from 8 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. until April 21, and will expand to 5:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. on April 22.
Arlington can house 2,140 horses in its stable area that consists of 35 barns.