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Arlington Park Stakes advance

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 5, 2001) -- George Todaro, Howard Litt & Jerry Hollendorfer's Globalize, winner of the Grade II Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park last year, and Lazy Lane Farm Inc.'s Bright Valour, adjudged champion of this race last year, headline a field of 10 older horses entered for Saturday's $100,000 Hanshin Cup.

The Grade III Hanshin Cup, known for most of its existence as the Equipoise Mile, is an exchange race with the Japan Racing Association. Each year Hanshin Race Course, located just outside of Chicago's sister city of Osaka, Japan, runs an Arlington-titled stakes race. As part of the festivities at Arlington Saturday, the Japanese National Anthem will be played and a demonstration by traditional Japanese dancers will take place in the winner's circle.

A 4-year-old son of Summer Squall, Globalize returned to the races after a year layoff with a fourth-place finish in the $42,000 Barry Shipp Handicap here June 13. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained colt, a multiple graded stakes winner with earnings in excess of $600,000, will carry highweight of 118 pounds and be ridden by Ray Sibille.

Following a disqualification, Bright Valour was awarded the victory in last year's Hanshin after he had previously won the $42,000 Dr. Fager Handicap over this oval. In his most recent start, the Albert Stall Jr. trainee captured a $57,200 allowance race at Churchill Downs. Assigned 115 pounds for the Hanshin by racing secretary David Bailey, Bright Valour will have the services of jockey Robby Albarado.

Five horses -- James W. Orr Jr.'s A'fire; Mike Langford's Fan The Flame; Henry Pabst's Nite Dreamer; Cherrywood Racing Stables Inc.'s Rocky Robyn; and Bob Austin & Ron Brandenburg's Tic N Tin -- are next on Bailey's list of weights at 114 pounds.

A'fire, winner of three of his last four race, will be ridden by Chris Valovich. Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount on Fan The Flame, who won the Grade III Round Table Stakes here last year. Nite Dreamer, the richest of the race's starters with earning of more than $1.1 million, gets leading rider Mark Guidry. Bosselman Gus Fonner Handicap victor Rocky Robyn will be ridden by Eduardo Perez while Tic N Tin, winner of the $75,000 White Oak Handicap here June 23, will have Ramsey Zimmerman in the saddle.

Completing the lineup for the Hanshin are: Richard L. Duchossois' Apt To Be, a wire-to-wire winner here June 17, 113 pounds, Eusebio Razo Jr.; Irv Weimer & John McLane's Kombat Kat, second in the Grade III Fifth Season Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oaklawn in April, 113, Randall Meier; and Richard F. Rudolph's Castlewood, a two-time victor at Sportsman's Park this spring, 112, Carlos Silva.

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