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INAUGURAL MANILA STAKES ATTRACTS DOZEN JUVENILES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 18, 2001) -- A full field of 12 2-year-olds, many making their turf debut, has been entered for Saturday's $75,000 Manila Stakes at a mile on the turf at Arlington Park. The Manila, named for the 1987 Arlington Million hero, is the penultimate event on Arlington's 29-race $5.5 million stakes schedule.
Frank C. Calabrese's Jaha may merit favoritism. The French-bred son of Diesis out of the Lear Fan mare Lyrical Dance was a victor in his lone start, breaking his maiden by 2½ lengths on the Arlington turf on Sept. 8. Arlington's leading jockey, Rene Douglas, will pilot the Wayne Catalano-trained colt.
Two stakes winners, James Arnold's Spring Winds and Jim Tilton's U S S Tinosa, appear among the 12 contestants. The former, by Wekiva Springs, is a perfect three-for-three in his career with his two most recent victories coming in restricted stakes competition at Great Lakes Downs. The Gerald Bennett pupil, who will be ridden by Michigan-based reinsman Terry Houghton, captured the $45,000 Little Ones Stakes in August and the $45,000 Patrick Wood Stakes the next month at the Muskgeon oval.
The latter named, a Foxhound colt, broke his maiden in the $75,000 Juvenile Stakes against Ohio-bred rivals at Thistledown Sept. 8 and returned exactly one month later to take the $75,000 Best of Ohio Juvenile Championship at Beulah Park. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has named Randall Meier to ride.
Alan Drey's Chatsworth broke his maiden in his second start and first try over the turf when he bested 10 rivals in a one-mile special weight race Oct. 3. Frank Lovato Jr will ride the Dennis Ebert trainee.
Glen Hill farm's Dell Place also won his turf debut, capturing a one-mile maiden race at Kentucky Downs Sept. 23. Hall-of-Fame jockey Earlie Fires will be at the controls for the Tom Proctor-trained son of Royal Academy.
Others in the field (with jockeys listed in parenthesis) include: Okoboji Racing Stables' Country Warrior (Chris Emigh), an 11¼-length maiden victor at Prairie Meadows Sept. 18; Stonerside Stable LLC's No Trouble (Eddie Martin Jr.), sixth in the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity in his last start; Tom R. Durant's Runaway Choice (Corey Lanerie), unplaced in two stakes tries after breaking his maiden at Keeneland in April; and Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc.'s War Emblem (Alfredo Juarez Jr.), a winner in his lone start Oct. 4.
Also, Scott E. Ricker's Secret Command (Larry Sterling Jr.), a four-length winner for a $50,000 tag in his lone start Oct. 7; Choctaw Racing Stable's Rylstone (Eusebio Razo Jr.), still a maiden after two starts at Saratoga this summer; and Carolyn Friedberg's first-time starter Algezir (Zoe Cadman), a half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner Shires Ende.
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