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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 21, 2001) -- Seven current or past Illinois equine champions will be in the spotlight Saturday as Arlington Park presents the second annual Prairie State Festival.

The Prairie State Festival is the all-Illinois Day at Arlington Park. In addition to six thrilling stakes races restricted to Illinois-registered Thoroughbreds, the event showcases Illinois experiences and offers visitors the opportunity to discover unique statewide destinations via performances, interactive booths and art exhibits.

The six $75,000 races that make up the Prairie State Festival are:

  • The Purple Violet Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile
  • The Springfield Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile
  • The Isaac Murphy Handicap for fillies & mares, 3-year-olds & upward at six furlongs
  • The White Oak Handicap for 3-year-olds & upward at six furlongs
  • The Lincoln Heritage Handicap for fillies & mares 3-year-olds & upward at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf
  • The Cardinal Handicap for 3-year-olds & upward at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf

Richard E. Trebat's Chicago Six, champion older male last year, squares off against former champion Horse Cents Stable's Mister Volare and 12 others in the Cardinal.

Chicago Six, who finished sixth in this race last year, comes into the Cardinal after having his five-race win streak snapped in the Grade II $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup May 19. Previously the son of Wild Again scored his biggest victory to date and first graded stakes win in the $200,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (GIII) at Sportsman's Park April 22.

Mister Volare was voted champion 2-year-old of 1999 after breaking his maiden in the $100,000 Jim Edgar Futurity in November of that year. Last out, the Harvey Vanier 4-year-old ran a good second in an open company allowance race at Hawthorne.

Slated to face this duo in the Cardinal are: Guy In The Sky Stable's Birthday Gift; S. M. Salvino Inc.'s Ceil's Winner; Richard Englander's Court Lite Kenny; Hondo Ranch Inc.'s G All Day; Mt. Joy Stables Inc.'s Just Like Jimmy; Thomas J. Kutrovacz's Just Like Prime; Team Block & Lin Grisham's Reno Rumble; Joe O'Brien & Bill Hamilton's Roberto's Minister; M. Crowe, J. Muno & Tom Swearingen Racing Inc.'s Sharp Critic; Mrs. & Michael P. Brickman's Smilin' Slew; Rick Lindsay's Spanish Hall and Howard E. Nelson & Dan Johns' Treat Me Doc.

Defending champion Ioya Two, who races in the colors of Team Block, heads the field for the Lincoln Heritage where she will have to face the likes of Faccia Bella, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1998 among her 12 rivals.

Ioya Two is coming into the Lincoln Heritage off a three-month layoff just as she did one year ago. The 6-year-old Lord At War mare has won two races since last year's Lincoln Heritage, capturing the $50,000 Reluctant Guest Stakes over this oval last August and an turf allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs in February.

Others in the Lincoln Heritage include: Triple B-E Stable's Bugsy Mae; Michele Boyce Racing Inc. & Cherrywood Racing Stable's Cozy; Patrick Mitchell Racing Stable Ltd.'s Erin G.; Thorobeam Stable's Erin Murphy; Moises R. Yanez & Marion Varney's M and M Machine; Mrs. & Michael P. Brickman's My Dallas; George D. Ditola's Nicky D. Taylor; Matthew Sularski's On The Hop; Emerald Ridge Farm's Something Wicked; Nancy A. Vanier & Lyda Williamson's Spring Open and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Starr Mis.

L. J. Gaudreau & Larry Gillen's Come September and John Conforti's Capitol View are set to renew their rivalry in the Isaac Murphy. The former, a Stars 'n Stripes 5-year-old, has two victories this year including the $50,000 Regal Rumor Stakes at Hawthorne May 26. The latter, by Sports View, is winless this year but was second beaten only three-quarters of a length in the Regal Rumor in her most recent effort. Last year, Capitol View won five straight races including a half-length victory in this race.

The rest of the line-up for the Isaac Murphy is: W. Dean West's Lil Bobbie Too, champion 2-year-old filly of 1999; Mel Silver Racing Ltd.'s Darling L; Crown's Way Farm, P. Cappas, Founders Group et. al.'s Kali's Smile; Robert Lockman's Lu Keel; Steve Pauls & Pat Endo's Mon Basier; J. Bishop, B. Brannigan, R. S. & W. Perkins' Q. P. Cat; David Halfacher's Rain Boots; Singer Farm Inc.'s Royal Bandita; and Crown's Way, J. Marovich LLC & Founders Group's Sandy's Way.

Imagine Stable's Davey's Cutlass returns to defend his title in the White Oak Handicap. The 5-year-old Rubiano horse hasn't raced since finishing sixth in an overnight handicap here last August but prepped for the White Oak with a 59 1/5-second workout over this track on June 13.

His rivals will include Crown's Way Farm, P. Cappas, Founders Group, et. al.'s Out Of My Way, who captured the Springfield Stakes during last year's Prairie State Festival; William Cortesi's Magic Doe, champion 3-year-old colt of 1998; and Asiel Stable's Classic Appeal, champion 3-year-old colt of 2000.

Also in the White Oak are: Asiel Stable's Chinkapin; William C. Brown's Esther Egg; Steven H. Lewis & Liane P. Davis' Golden Bound; James D. Denney's Jack's Storm; Samuel Henry, Dominic Marsella, Emerald Ridge Farm's Manitowish; and Bob Austin & Ron L. Brandenburg's Tic N Tin.

Eight 3-year-old fillies will vie for top honors in the Purple Violet Stakes including stakes winners CJH Inc.'s Bongo Bobbie, victress in the Showtime Deb Stakes at Hawthorne last fall at first asking, and Mary Cracchiola & Peter Cracchiola's Mattina, heroine of the 2000 Illinois Breeders' Debutante at Hawthorne.

The remainder of the field for the Purple Violet consists of: Dan Muckler & Jack Wolfner's Ballado's Baby; Sy Baskin's undefeated filly East Featherbed; Dennis & Elizabeth Keller's Mudgie; B. J. K. Thoroughbred's Shania's Code; Joseph Marovich & Crown's Way Farm's Shemya; and Team Block's Suprise Me Again.

W. Dean West's Lil Mephistopheles, winner of last year's $100,000 Jim Edgar Futurity and champion 2-year-old colt of 2000, faces six rivals in the Springfield Stakes including J. B. Stable's Crack The Vault, who captured the $50,000 Sun Power Stakes last fall.

Completing the field for the Springfield are: R 'n R Breeders' Act Of War; Nancy A. Vanier & Eiji Shirai's Apple Dapple; Richard W. Pletan's Bully Boy; Howard E. Nelson's Eyebrow Raiser; and Carolyn Friedberg's Freeway Ticket.

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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