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IRISH-BRED HIGHWEIGHTS VIE FOR ARLINGTON HANDICAP FAVORITISM
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill (July 26, 2001) -- Columbine Stable, C. B. Greely & Tom Nicholls' Takarian and Bruce Barton & Alvin Haynes' Make No Mistake will likely vie for favoritism in Saturday's $250,000 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park. Each horse is an Irish- bred and has been assigned to carry 116 pounds in Saturday's headliner by Arlington racing secretary David Bailey.
The Grade III Arlington Handicap is the last local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million and will be run at the Million distance of a mile and a quarter over Arlington's world-renowned turf course. The Arlington Handicap will be televised live by the CBS television network as part of the "NTRA Champions on CBS" series and is the centerpiece of Arlington's inaugural Million Preview Day that also features the running of the Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap and the Grade III $125,000 Round Table Stakes.
A son of Doyoun, Takarian invades from Hollywood Park where he rallied from just off the pace to win the Grade II American Handicap July 4. It was the first start in four months for the Beau Greely trainee who had throat surgery over the winter.
Prior to the surgery, Takarian had won only one start in this country, the $75,000 Paradise Mile Handicap at Turf Paradise in December. Mark Guidry has the mount aboard the 6-year-old horse.
Make No Mistake, a 6-year-old Darshaan horse, makes his first start in more than two months after running a good second to Hap in the Grade II $200,000 Dixie Handicap at Pimlico on Preakness Day. Prior to the Dixie, he captured the Grade III Bougainvillea Handicap at Hialeah Park March 31. Robby Albarado will ride the Burk Kessinger Jr. trainee.
Slated to the face the highweighted duo are: Oak Cliff Stable's El Gran Papa, 115 pounds, Garrett Gomez; Columbine Stable's Raypour, 113, Frank Alvarado; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Brickman's Smilin' Slew, 111, Carlos Silva; Bristol Stable's Pleasant King, 109, Zoe Cadman; Evergreen Thoroughbreds, Inc.'s Kick Boxer, 108, Larry Melancon; and Richard Englander's Orleans Road, 108, Rene Douglas.
El Gran Papa, a son of El Gran Senor, is a winner of his last two races including the $300,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park June 16 and is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel.
Raypour, a son of Barathea also entered in a turf allowance race Friday, finished sixth behind his stablemate Takarian in the American July 4 and eighth behind Million hopeful Bienamado in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood June 10.
Smilin' Slew was third in the $75,000 Cardinal Handicap against state-bred rivals in his last start; Pleasant King rallied from far back to run second in a two-other-than allowance race here June 14; Kick Boxer makes his first start since winning a second-level allowance race at the Fair Grounds in February; and Orleans Road was claimed for $35,000 by his current connections July 6.
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