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Young gun has edge over cagey veteran
By Mike Spellman | Daily Herald Staff

World famous woman jockeys Patricia Cooksey and Zoe Cadman get in the horsey mood before their fifth race together and clown around for the crowd making them break out in laughter at Arlington Park.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Some of the best jockeys in the world, Patricia Cooksey with Earlie Fires, Zoe Cadman and Inez Karlsson at Arlington Park after the Jockey Challenge race on Friday.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Being a gentleman jockey that he is Jockey James Graham gives world famous woman jockey Zoe Cadman a ride into the paddock area before she rode in the fifth race on Friday at Arlington park.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Jockey Inez Karlsson crosses the finish line in the Jockey Challenge race at Arlington Park on Friday.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Being a gentleman jockey that he is Jockey James Graham gives world famous woman jockey Zoe Cadman a ride into the paddock area before she rode in the fifth race on Friday at Arlington park.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

World famous jockey Inez Karlsson celebrates on her horse Saint Leon after winning the Jockey Challenge race at Arlinton Park.

 

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

World famous jockeys from Zoe Cadman to Earlie Fires line up for group picture before the Jockey Challenge fifth race at Arlington park.

 

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Published: 8/20/2010 10:12 PM

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How badly did 63-year-old retired jockey Earlie Fires want to win the "Cagey Veterans vs. Young Guns" race Friday at Arlington Park?

Just ask the eventual winning jockey in the race, Inez Karlsson, who guided Saint Leon to his third straight win and fourth in his last five starts this year, this one in front-running style.

"At the three-eighths pole, I looked back and I could see Earlie (on Bobby Sands) coming," Karlsson said. "He was blowing hard and I didn't know if it was the horse or him."

As it turned out, it didn't matter who it was because Saint Leon drew off for a 4-length victory with Fires and Bobby Sands second.

"I was following one of the current jockeys (Junior Alvarado), I figured he knew the pace so I was sitting along side of him, and then I didn't have enough horse," Fires said. "It was a lot of fun to do it, and everyone got interested."

Saint Leon paid $5.80, $4 and $3.20 as the 19-10 betting favorite. Bobby Sands returned $3.60 and $3.20. Serengeti Tour paid $5.20.

Minus one: Marsh Side, entered Tuesday for Saturday's 28th running of the Arlington Million, has officially been scratched for the race, leaving a field of nine, including morning-line favorite Gio Ponti.

Tune in: The Million will be shown live in a half-hour telecast airing today from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Hosted by Chicago sportscaster and longtime horse racing enthusiast Howard Sudberry, the 30-minute program will feature contributions from Daily Herald and horseplayernow.com handicapper Joe Kristufek, Arlington Park paddock analyst Jessica Pacheco and Arlington Park reporter Alyssa Ali.

The Beverly D and Secretariat will also be shown, on tape delay.

New trophy to hold: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will present the Arlington Million trophy after today's race.

Quenneville, of course, has been lifting the Stanley Cup trophy in recent months after the Blackhawks earned their first league championship since 1961, winning the 2010 Stanley Cup.

• John Leusch contributed to this report.