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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 9, 2001) -- Carl F. Pollard's Caressing, Eclipse Award-winning champion 2-year-old filly in 2000, tops a field of eight sophomore distaffers entered for Saturday's $125,000 Singapore Plate at Arlington Park.

The Singapore Plate, a Grade III race previously known as the Arlington Oaks, is a mile and an eighth main track race that serves as an exchange race with the Singapore Turf Club. Arlington Park maintains its international presence by reciprocating race names with tracks in Japan and Singapore. This year, Arlington hosts the Singapore Plate on August 11 and the Singapore Turf Club presents the Arlington Trophy Race two weeks later, on August 26.

A daughter of Honour and Glory, Caressing captured the 2000 edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs at odds of 47-1 after she finished second in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie over this course last September 30. The David Vance-trained miss began her current campaign with a score in the seven-furlong Grade III La Troienne Stakes at Churchill in May. In her two most recent starts, Caressing ran fifth in the Grade I Acorn at Belmont Park June 8 and seventh in the Grade III Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park July 21. Leading rider Rene Douglas picks up the mount.

Slated to face Caressing in the Singapore Plate are: Thomas Nichols' C Millie, Garrett Gomez; Hussar Stable L. L. C.'s Dancin Emi, Carlos Silva; James English's Gal On the Go, Craig Perret; Michael DiVitto & Joan Lemmens' Morning Sun, Ray Sibille; Northwest Farms' Northwest Colors, Frank Lovato Jr.; James Tafel LLC's Scoop, Marlon St. Julien; and Eugene L. Grandon's Supreme Song, Perry Compton.

Gal On the Go comes into the Singapore Plate off a second-place finish in the $60,000 Winning Colors Stakes here July 21. Previously, the Vickie Foley-trained daughter of Irgun had captured a $52,000 allowance race at Churchill by 4 lengths June 29 and won the $50,000 Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park in February.

The locally based Scoop took top honors in the $150,000 National Jockey Club Oaks at Sportsman's Park in April. After finishing fifth in the Grade II Black Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico the day before the Preakness, the Gene Cilio charge returned to Chicago and ran fifth in an "about" a mile and a sixteenth allowance race over this oval June 14.

The Janice Ely-trained Dancin Emi returns to her home base after finishing fourth in the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows July 5. Prior to the Iowa race, the daughter of Summer Squall had been unbeaten, winning one race at each of Chicago's three Thoroughbred racetracks including a wire-to-wire score here opening day, June 13.

The Iowa-based Supreme Song ships to Arlington after recording back-to-back runner-up finishes in the $50,000 Panthers Stakes at one mile June 16 and the mile and an eighth Iowa Oaks three weeks later. Her lone victory in 12 career trips to the post came when the William Hazen-trained daughter of Supremo broke her maiden May 26 at Prairie Meadows.

Though winless as a 3-year-old, Morning Sun has been racing exclusively in stakes competition, most recently running third in an overnight stakes race at Calder Race Course July 29. She won three races during her juvenile campaign including the $50,000 Nany's Appeal at that same south Florida oval December 17.

Northwest Colors broke her maiden here June 28 and C Millie wired maiden rivals over this track July 25.

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