Jockeys helped Larry Rivelli celebrate his single-season win record at Arlington Park in 2017
Trainer Larry Rivelli will look to continue his dominant ways at Arlington International Race Course when the 2018 meet kicks off this Friday, May 4.
Rivelli will be eyeing his sixth training title at the Chicagoland oval after setting a single season record last summer with 79 victories on the meet. Trainer Wayne Catalano was the previous record holder when making 75 trips to the Arlington winner’s circle in 2010.
“I didn’t foresee winning that many last meet but I ended up getting on a little bit of a roll,” Rivelli said. “The ones you lose by nose turn into winners by a nose and so it wasn’t really a goal to beat Catalano’s record, but once we got close we started paying a little more attention.”
On opening day, the Rivelli stable will be well represented with a total of ten horses entered throughout the eight-race card.
“I gave some of them some rest,” Rivelli said of his opening day entrants. “Some had injuries and are coming back and so you don’t know how they’re going to be, if they’ll be as good as last year. Costly King (race 3) I always give a freshening up and he’s in an easy spot. He’s doing well. I claimed one of my old homebreds back, Dom The Bomb (race 6), and he likes this track. He runs really well over this track as well. This will be his first race in about six months.”
Rivelli is proven to have a knack for training young horses and believes that one could see more young talent out of his barn this year than last.
“This year, I have a lot better 2-year-olds,” Rivelli said. “I probably won’t get to run them all here so I may have to ship some of them around, probably to Saratoga, Woodbine or other venues. The last two years we went to the Breeders’ Cup with some horses that we bought at the sale, which is really hard to do, I always go to the sale to try and buy an athlete more so than breeding. I had Cocked and Loaded (fifth, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile) three years ago, then we went with Wellabled (tenth, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) two years ago and The Tabulator (fifth, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile) last year.”
Speaking of the latter, he will be making his 3-year-old debut on Thursday night in Prairie Meadows’ $50,000 Golden Circle Stakes. The son of Dialed In has not raced since the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which is the only loss of his four-race career. Prior to that effort he won the Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.
“He’s in on Thursday night and he’s been doing great,” Rivelli said.
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