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Arlington Park Stakes advance

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 20, 2001) -- Columbine Stable's Sligo Bay and K. K. & Vilasini Jayaraman's Royal Spy will likely vie for favoritism in Sunday's $250,000 American Derby at Arlington Park.

The American Derby, a Grade II race for 3-year-olds at a mile and three-sixteenths on the turf, is the second leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple. The series began June 30 with the Grade II $200,000 Arlington Classic and concludes August 18 with the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.

A son of Sadler's Wells, Sligo Bay made his seasonal debut a winning one by capturing his North American bow with a one-length score in the Grade III $100,000 Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park May 20. Prior to the Cinema, he had been idle since last fall at Saint-Cloud where he finished third going a mile and a half over soft going at the French race course. Sligo Bay is trained by C. Beau Greely and will be ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., Thoroughbred racing's all-time leading jockey in races won.

Royal Spy ships to Arlington after posting a pair of impressive stakes scores at Lone Star Park, winning the $200,000 Diamond A USA Stakes May 28 by 9 lengths and coming back to take the $125,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge by seven lengths at the Texas oval. His turf record stands at a perfect three-for-three with his other grass victory coming in a $33,000 allowance race at Lone Star. Anthony Lovato will be astride the Cole Norman-trained son of Peteski.

Slated to face the top duo are: Wenga Enterprises, Inc.'s Cherokee Kim, Frank Alvarado; P. Miessler & C. Raber's Fan Club's Mister, Randall Meier; P. Lauer, J. Merritt & G. Uligian's Heptagone, Robby Albarado; Jacks or Better Farm's Monsieur Cat, Craig Perret; and Keith Plaisance's Rahy's Secret, Eddie Martin Jr.

The California-based Cherokee Kim remained at Arlington after finishing third behind Baptize and Indygo Shiner in the Arlington Classic. Prior to the Classic, the Jerry Fanning-trained son of Cherokee Colony ran third in the restricted California Sires Stakes at Hollywood June 9.

Fan Club's Mister and Rahy's Secret, fourth and fifth respectively in the Classic, finished one-two in the $100,000 Canterbury Breeders' Cup Derby in their previous meeting June 2.

Monsieur Cat finished sixth in the Grade III Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs June 9 after winning an allowance race at the Louisville, Ky. racetrack May 17, while Heptagone comes to off back-to-back turf wins at the Twin Spires oval.

Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run its 102-day live racing meet from June 13 through October 28, 2001. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" at Arlington Park (Arlington Heights) and Quad City Downs (East Moline), and in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at

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