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Images: Opening Day at Arlington Park 2011

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  • Pat Maude of Palatine watches horses from the first race, including Strait of Mewsina, right, and Ship's Captain, pass by in the paddock on opening day at Arlington Park Friday.

       Pat Maude of Palatine watches horses from the first race, including Strait of Mewsina, right, and Ship's Captain, pass by in the paddock on opening day at Arlington Park Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Helicopter with jockey Eduardo Perez aboard eases up at the finish line after winning the first race on opening day at Arlington Park Friday.

       Helicopter with jockey Eduardo Perez aboard eases up at the finish line after winning the first race on opening day at Arlington Park Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Horses leave the starting gate in the first race at Arlington Park Friday.

       Horses leave the starting gate in the first race at Arlington Park Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Jacob Ackerley, 5, of South Bend, Ind., tries out his dad's binoculars prior to the start of racing.

       Jacob Ackerley, 5, of South Bend, Ind., tries out his dad's binoculars prior to the start of racing.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Horses in the first race remain bunched shortly after leaving the starting gate Friday.

       Horses in the first race remain bunched shortly after leaving the starting gate Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Horses in the fourth race head into the stretch on opening day at Arlington Park.

       Horses in the fourth race head into the stretch on opening day at Arlington Park.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Christian Ottaviano, 3, of Gilberts waits for horses near the winners circle Friday.

       Christian Ottaviano, 3, of Gilberts waits for horses near the winners circle Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comThird-race winner Zipping Away with Jockey Junior Alvarado passes the finish line during opening day at Arlington Park.

      JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.comThird-race winner Zipping Away with Jockey Junior Alvarado passes the finish line during opening day at Arlington Park.

  • Eduardo Perez enters the winners circle aboard Helicopter after the first race.

       Eduardo Perez enters the winners circle aboard Helicopter after the first race.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Royal Posh with jockey Eduardo Perez heads for the finish in the fourth race Friday.

       Royal Posh with jockey Eduardo Perez heads for the finish in the fourth race Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • A fan checks his racing form on opening day at Arlington Park Friday.

       A fan checks his racing form on opening day at Arlington Park Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 

Arlington park opening friday, may 6, with ladies in the customary fancy/funny hats and dapper gents dressed to the nines. there were young people and senior citizens and all ages in between. there were the wealthy and the not so wealthy and all monetary levels in between.

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