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Familiar Faces Valdivia, Rivelli, Patricia's Hope Defend Arlington Titles
Consistency reigned at Arlington International Racecourse in 2018 with trainer Larry Rivelli, jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr. and Vince Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC successfully defending their titles at the conclusion of the 71-day live meet on Saturday.
The trio have dominated the leaderboard at the Chicagoland oval in recent years with Rivelli earning his fifth consecutive title (sixth overall), while Valdivia and Foglia each secured their fourth consecutive championship.
Rivelli captured his sixth leading trainer title at Arlington with a total of 76 wins. Last year Rivelli set a meet record 79 wins to top the trainer table, eclipsing Wayne Catalano’s mark of 75 set in 2010. Catalano, who was second in the standings in 2017, maintained the position with 26 wins in 2018.
Valdivia won five races on the final day of the meet, earning his fourth leading rider title in as many seasons since moving his tack full time to Arlington in 2015. Valdivia, who scored sensational victories in the Grade III Arlington Classic, the Grade III Stars and Stripes and the Arlington-Washington Futurity this season, topped the podium with 112 wins, reaching triple digits in victories for the third consecutive season. Mitchell Murrill was the second-leading rider of the meet with 81 wins. Sophie Doyle completed a successful first season at Arlington with 52 wins to finish third in the standings.
Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC led all owners in both wins, 44, and purse earnings, $733,179, to continue their successful run at Arlington. Patricia's Hope LLC have the led the way in wins since 2015. Rich and Karen Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds, with 17 wins, finished second in the standings.
Live racing will return to Arlington International Racecourse next spring on Friday, May 3, 2019 for a 71-day meet. For more action, visit an Arlington Trackside off-track wagering facility near you, or for online wagering visit TwinSpires.com.