06/04/2009 11:00PM

Jermaine Bridgmohan moves tack to Chicago


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan was named on three horses Sunday at Arlington Park and will shift his tack from Calder Race Course to Arlington this weekend, agent Dennis Cooper confirmed Friday.

Bridgmohan was named on horses for trainers Hugh Robertson and Tom Swearingen, regular clients of Cooper, who has handled the leading rider at Arlington for most of the last decade. Cooper was booking mounts here for Rene Douglas before Douglas was badly injured in a spill May 23. Cooper also served as the agent for Bridgmohan's older brother, Shaun, when he won the Arlington riding title in 2005.

Jermaine Bridgmohan has been riding at Calder, where he had 10 wins from 56 mounts through June 4. Cooper said Bridgmohan was scheduled to ride at Calder on Saturday and then would fly into Arlington on Sunday morning to ride the card here that afternoon.

Bridgmohan, 20, only began riding in 2006 after graduating from high school. He is a former leading rider at Calder.

Weather may hurt Lemonade Kid

A very decent number of 95 horses made it onto the entry list for Sunday's 11-race card at Arlington Park - it's just that not one of them is an open allowance horse.

Featured - if you'd like to call it that - on the Sunday program is race 10, an entry-level allowance race carded for 1 1/8 miles on the turf course. Lemonade Kid appears to verge on standout status in a field of eight, but this is a hard-luck horse and, as usual, there are two potential pitfalls in his path.

The greater is weather: With rain possible both Saturday and Sunday, Arlington's 10th could wind up getting rained off turf. That's happened three times before to Lemonade Kid, who looks far better on turf than on either dirt or synthetic. The lesser problem is a lack of apparent pace. A closer, Lemonade Kid may find himself trying to rally into slow fractions. The finishing kick he's displayed the two times he's gotten in a grass race should suffice to overcome that issue, provided Lemonade Kid gets the proper racing surface.

Alvarado avoids three-day ban

Jockey Junior Alvarado, Arlington's leading rider by wins through Thursday, won't have to miss any days, despite being disqualified from a turf race Sunday and issued a penalty this week. Arlington stewards gave Alvarado a three-day suspension for the bumping incident in Sunday's eighth race, where Alvarado rode Guanahani to a second-place finish. But since Alvarado has not yet been suspended this year, he has taken the option of instead paying a $1,500 fine as rules in Chicago allow.