When jockey Carlos H. Marquez Jr. returned to the winner's circle following his fifth and final win on Arlington Park's Saturday program, he accomplished a goal he had never previously reached in his 19-year career, and was quick to dedicate his personal milestone performance. "I'd like to thank all the trainers and owners and fans out there," Marquez said, "but this is for my Dad." Carlos H. Marquez Sr., 56, who came to the United States to ride in 1967, won some of Arlington's biggest races, including a division of the 1968 Stars and Stripes Handicap aboard Rokeby Stable's Fort Marcy, before retiring from the saddle in 1985. The Puerto Rican native now lives in Cicero. "I have always told him he could win five races in one day," said the senior Marquez Sunday morning. "He's a very good rider. When I rode, I was primarily known as a stakes horse rider. He (Junior) hasn't had the same kind of luck getting those kinds of horses, but he can ride any kind of horse. If trainers gave him a chance, he could be a good stakes rider, too." The junior Marquez won the 1997 Black-Eyed Susan, Pimlico's race for 3-year-old fillies that follows the Kentucky Oaks the way the Preakness follows the Kentucky Derby, with a filly named Salt It. It is the only major stakes race to date that both father and son have won. Arlington's leading rider Rene Douglas, already assured his third straight title at the Northwest suburban Chicago oval, is the only other rider to have ridden five winners on a single program at Arlington this summer, and Douglas also superceded that accomplishment with one ultimate seven-win afternoon on July 24. Marquez's five-win day began in Saturday's fourth race on DBK Racing Stable's King Sweep for trainer Jerry Calvin and continued the next race with Hussar Racing Stable LLC's Lighthouse Lil for conditioner Chris Block. The 35-year-old reinsman then completed his own personal Pick 3 (worth $402.10) with a win on Kevin McLaughlin & Hurstland Farm's Turn to Lass for trainer Gene Brajczewski in the sixth race of the day.
Marquez followed that with his fourth straight tally aboard John Castro's Kristine's King for conditioner Hugh Robertson in the seventh event, and completed his quintet astride David Maracich's False Promises in the finale for trainer Tony Granitz.