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'Dynasties' Event Planned at Arlington

'Dynasties' Event Planned at Arlington

Hall of Fame jockeys Jerry Bailey, Pat Day and Earlie Fires will host "Dining with the Dynasties," a special lunch for seven other participants at Arlington Park on Aug. 8, the day before the Arlington Million (gr. IT). The luncheon, in the track's Million Room, is being auctioned on eBay to benefit the Illinois Race Track Chaplaincy of America division and the Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Arlington Riders Greet Aspiring Jockey

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Arlington Riders Greet Aspiring Jockey

Brayden Cecchi, a 3-year-old who suffers from leukemia but loves horses, horse racing and jockeys, presented the trophy following the second race at Arlington Park on June 29.

Spotsgone Tries to Repeat in Hanshin Cup

Spotsgone Tries to Repeat in Hanshin Cup

This time one year ago, Robert Yagos' Spotsgone was sent off at odds of 81-1 in the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III). In the 2008 edition to be held May 24 at Arlington Park, the son of Bright Launch was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Of course, the drastic change in odds may have a little something to do with Spotsgone lighting up the toteboard with a $165 mutual in last year's edition.

Fires Guides Major Rhythm to Stars & Stripes Victory

No jockey has won more races at Arlington Park than Hall of Fame rider Earlie Fires, and the veteran added to his total with a well-timed come-from-behind upset victory by a head aboard Major Rhythm in Sunday's $195,500 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT).

Fires Visits Arlington Winner's Circle for 37th Year

Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, Arlington Park's all-time leading rider, won a the Chicago track for a record 37th season Sunday when he guided James Messineo's Major Rhythm to a rousing win in the eighth race of the afternoon.

Paul Meyocks Dead at 81

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Paul Blair Meyocks, longtime jockey agent and father of former New York Racing Association president Terry Meyocks, died Sunday at Manor Care Nursing Home in Plantation, Fla. after a lengthy illness. He was 81.

Fires Reaches Keeneland Milestone

Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, the fourth-leading rider in Keeneland history, won his first race in Lexington since the 1995 spring meeting, when he piloted Glen Hill Farm's Poydras to a 6 1/2-length score Saturday at Keeneland.

Reluctant Full Mandate Wins Black Tie Affair

Padua Stables & Fog City Stables' Full Mandate rallied from last to take the lead at the eighth pole and hold off a game Bonus Pack to win the $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap by a neck Saturday at Arlington Park.

Deford Keynote Speaker at Hall of Fame Ceremonies

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Frank Deford, himself a member of the National Association of Sporstcasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker at this years National Musuem of Racing and Hall of Fame inductiion ceremony. The new members of the Hall of Fame will be enshrined at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Fires, Mandella Elected to Hall of Fame

Earlie Fires, who led all apprentice jockeys in 1965 and is one of only 14 North American riders to win more than 6,000 races, and trainer Richard Mandella, who won his first stakes in 1974, are among the newest members of the Hall of Fame. This year's equine inductees will be Holy Bull, Paseana, and Maskette.

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