|Contact: Graham Ross
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
TO 'WELD' AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Less than three weeks ago, Irish trainer Dermot Weld won the Grade 2 American Derby at Arlington International, filling a gap in his American resume.
Earlier this week, Weld added to his accomplishments at home when he set a record for number of winners trained in Ireland.
"It means a lot to me. It's a life's achievement - a life's work," Weld said Monday when he saddled Georgia Peach, a two-year-old Pennekamp colt, for a maiden victory at Naas. Weld's total of 2,578 wins eclipsed the record set by Jim Parkinson which had stood since 1947.
"I'm very proud to be Irish and I'm very proud to hear the national anthem playing around the world," Weld said. "It was very special to hear it when Go and Go won the Belmont Stakes and I get great pleasure from representing Ireland."
Weld had sent two representatives to Arlington International for the International Festival of Racing in 1997, finishing second with Casey Tibbs in the Secretariat and third with Dance Design in the Beverly D., so he was equally enthusiastic when he won the American Derby July 23.
"I've won on every track in America that I've sent a horse on except Arlington, so I had to rectify it," he said following the length and a half tally of Pine Dance.
Pine Dance, a son of 1992 Preakness winner Pine Bluff, is due back in Chicago on an overseas flight August 15 to compete in the Grade 1 Secretariat August 19.
"This is a horse with a future," Weld said. "That (the Secretariat) is the next logical spot for him."
Weld, a former jockey, became a trainer in 1972. He has been Ireland's leading trainer six times, most recently in 1996, and has conditioned eight Irish classic winners.
Despite saddling Go And Go to win the 1990 Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Weld considers the highlight of his career to be Zagreb's score in the 1996 Group 1 Irish Derby and Vintage Crop's win in the 1993 Group 1 Melbourne Cup.
FESTIVAL THURSDAY WILL BE LADIES DAY AT ARLINGTON
First post time Thursday, August 18 has been moved from 1:05 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. as part of the International Festival of Racing schedule.
"Friday's later post time has been extremely popular at Arlington both this year and in the past," said Arlington Director of Communications Dan Leary. "The 3:05 post time has allowed more people to start off their weekend with a visit to Arlington.
"Our International Festival of Racing is a celebration of the world's greatest racing and we would like to give as many of our fans as possible the chance to participate," explained Leary. "The later post time on Thursday that week provides an additional opportunity to come to Arlington and enjoy the festivities."
Admission for all women will be only $2 that day. Also that day, women wearing a hat will receive a free "bounce-back" admission coupon good any day in September.
TOM'S TRAINING TRIPLE
Trainer Tom Dorris scored a training triple at Arlington Sunday, the second time that feat had been accomplished during the current season. Conditioner Chris Block saddled three winners June 17 at Arlington on Prairie State Festival Day, but Dorris's "hat trick" came during three successive races.
Dorris saddled John Karakourtis' Fact's Image to win the third race of the afternoon, came right back to the winner's circle with Gary Tussey & Tom Dorris's Westgate Dancer in the fourth, and completed the triple with that partnership's My Beau Genius in the fifth.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000
Arlington jockey Eduardo Perez is closing in on the 1,000-win milestone. The count through Sunday: - Eduardo Perez - 995 lifetime wins, Arlington Total: 24.
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