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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 1, 2001) -- Arthur I. Appleton's Galic Boy and Frank C. Calabrese's Langston appear to be the horses to beat as they headline a field of 12 horses in the $100,000-added Sea O' Erin Breeders' Cup Mile, the Labor Day headliner at Arlington Park.

The Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile, last raced in 1996 and the featured attraction on the special holiday Monday card that begins at 1 p.m., is the 69th race in the 2001 Breeders' Cup National Stakes program, a series of 92 races conducted at 42 tracks in the United States and Canada worth more than $17 million in combined purses.

Since all 12 starters are eligible for the $25,000 in Breeders' Cup funds included in the purse, should the field remain intact for the one-mile turf race, the total purse will be $121,300 with $72,780 of that sum going to owner of the winner.

A son of Irish River, Galic Boy comes into the Sea O' Erin off a gutsy, nose victory in the $60,000 John Henry Stakes here August 17. It was the second consecutive year that the Mickey Goldfine-trained horse captured the John Henry by that slim margin. Earlier this year, the bay 6-year-old took top honors in the $40,000 Overage Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course May 5. Starting highweight at 118 pounds, Galic Boy will spot his 11 rivals from one to six pounds. Ray Sibille has the mount.

Langston, who finished second to Galic Boy in the Overage, has won twice since that race, capturing a third-level allowance race at Hawthorne June 9 and scoring in a four-other-than allowance optional claimer here July 29. In between those efforts, the Wayne Catalano-trained son of 1992 Preakness hero Pine Bluff finished second to Falcon Flight in the Grade III $200,000 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf July 1. Jockey Marlon St. Julien will make up most of the 117-pound impost assigned Langston.

A quintet of horses -- Apt to Be, Intern, Kris's Sleigh, Orleans Road and Three Wonders -- have been assigned 115 pounds for the Sea O'Erin by racing secretary David Bailey.

Of these, Intern, who races in the colors of owner-trainer Louie Roussel III, holds the hot hand with three straight victories on his ledger. The son of Dynaformer was a 4-length victor on the main track here July 27 after posting a neck score in an optional claiming allowance race at Hawthorne in May and a 1-length tally in a similar race at the Fair Grounds in March. Eddie Martin Jr. gets a return call aboard the 5-year-old horse.

Coupled in the wagering with Intern is Louie Roussel III & Ronnie Lamarque's Kris's Sleigh. The Kris S. horse faded to ninth in the John Henry after forcing the issue for nearly a mile. Previously, the 5-year-old had run second in a $52,000 allowance race here July 19 after rattling off three straight scores on the turf at the Fair Grounds. Randall Meier is named to ride Kris's Sleigh.

Richard L. Duchossois' Apt to Be finished second in each of his last two trips to the post, the Grade III Hanshin Cup on the main track July 7 and a fourth-level allowance race on the turf July 29. In that July 29 race at a mile and a sixteenth, the Rahy gelding had the lead in the stretch before being overtaken by Langston in the final sixteenth of a mile and may appreciate the turn back in distance for the Sea O'Erin. Trained by Chris Block, Apt to Be, a gelding, will be ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr.

Claimed for $35,000 by trainer Mike Reavis on behalf of owner Richard Englander, Orleans Road has made two starts for his current connections. The son of Dixieland Band ran fourth in the Grade III Arlington Handicap July 28 and last time out was second, beaten a nose by Galic Boy, in the John Henry. Larry Sterling Jr. has the call.

Mark Stanley's Three Wonders returns to Arlington after racing to a fifth-place finish in the Grade II Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicap at Woodbine July 22. Before heading north of the border, the son of Storm Cat ran fourth in the July 1 Stars and Stripes over this course. Trainer Elliott Walden has given the riding chores to Corey Lanerie.

Completing the line-up for the Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Stewart M. Madison & Pete Gaffney's Ask the Lord, Craig Perret, 114 pounds; Carolyn Friedberg's Minor Wisdom, Frank Lovato Jr., 114; Donald R. Dizney's American Spirit, Shane Laviolette, 113; Horse Cents Stable's Mister Volare, Eduardo Perez, 113; and Carl Moore Management LLC's Soccer George, Carlos Montalvo, 111.

The Sea O'Erin is the first leg in America's Pick-4, a $1 wager linking the Sea O'Erin with the $200,000 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes from River Downs, the $500,000 Diana Handicap from Saratoga and the $150,000-added Miami Mile Breeders' Cup Handicap from Calder Race Course.

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