On another unseasonably hot September day, the Arlington meet drew to a close. A pair of turf mile stakes anchored the card: the Les Ahrens Memorial Stakes for open company, and the Steve Morgan Memorial Stakes, the fillies’ and mares’ complement.
In the Les Ahrens Memorial Stakes, consistent Illinois-bred gelding Cammack found his winning ways once more. The Team Block homebred, for trainer Chris Block and rider Jose Lopez, kicked clear in the final furlong to tally his first victory of the Arlington summer meet in three tries.
Fittingly, the final stakes race of the meet went to the meet’s leading jockey, owner, and trainer. Daddy’s Boo, ridden by Jose Valdivia, took the Steve Morgan Memorial Stakes in gate-to-wire fashion for trainer Larry Rivelli and owner Patricia’s Hope LLC. Daddy’s Boo was a major part of that; her victory was her fourth of the summer at Arlington, all of which she achieved for that trio.
Head over to Picks and Ponderings, take a look back at the closing day features, and let me know your favourite moments of the Arlington racing meet in the comments!