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INDYGO SHINER TOPS GRADE II ARLINGTON CLASSIC SATURDAY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 28, 2001) -- Jane & F. Lyon & Lacombe Racing Stable's Indygo Shiner, narrowly best in the Grade III Jefferson Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 9, should rule the choice based on that performance when he heads a field of eight 3-year-olds named to Saturday's headline attraction, the Grade II Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve.
The 67th running of the $200,000 Classic will be contested at a mile and an eighth over Arlington's world-renowned grass course. The nine furlong test will serve as the first leg of the Mid-America Triple, a series that will continue with the Grade II American Derby July 23, and conclude with the Grade I Secretariat August 18.
The $400,000 Secretariat will be run along with the $700,000 Beverly D. as part of the one-day International Festival of Racing at Arlington on Arlington Million Day. The three races, all run over the lawn, are the only Grade I events offered in Illinois.
Past winners of the Arlington Classic commence with legendary Thoroughbreds such as Gallant Fox and Omaha in the Thirties; include Native Dancer and Nashua in the Fifties; Buckpasser and Dr. Fager in the Sixties; Alydar in the Seventies; Lost Code in the Eighties and Saint Ballado in the Nineties.
Last year's Arlington Classic winner King Cugat is a prime candidate for this summer's Arlington Million, which is also the third leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship.
Indygo Shiner is a son of A. P. Indy, winner of the 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. In the Jefferson Cup, Indygo Shiner vied for the early lead while bumping with a rival and withstood a late challenge to tally by a neck. Previously, the chestnut had been fourth, beaten less than five lengths for all of it, in Pimlico's $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes on the main track May 19. He will shoulder 121 pounds in the Classic.
Indygo Shiner will be ridden by jockey Lonnie Meche, and is trained by Elliott Walden, who saddled Cavalier Stable's Hawk Attack to win the 1995 Arlington Classic.
Wenga Enterprises, Inc.'s Cherokee Kim, an invader from Southern California, may be the one to beat in Saturday's headline attraction.
In his last trip to the post, the Cherokee Colony colt closed to be third in the $100,000 California Sire Stakes at Hollywood Park June 9. The California-bred had been away from the races since April 28, when he came from far back to be fifth, beaten three lengths for all of it, in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood.
Cherokee Kim, trained by noted California horseman Jerry Fanning, has Frank Alvarado named to handle the reins in the Classic, and gets in with 116 pounds.
Opposing the top two in the Arlington Classic are: P. Miessler & C. Raber's Fan Club's Mister, 121, Randy Meier; Frank C. Calabrese's Curlew Flyer, 116, T. Thulliez; Jacks Or Better Farm's Monsieur Cat, 116, Rene Douglas; Keith Plaisance's Rahy's Secret, 116, Tim Doocy; Gary & Mary West's Baptize, 121, Mark Guidry; and Alan Drey's Bahroba, 116, Marlon St. Julien.
Of these, Fan Club's Mister, a winner of his last two in a row including the $100,000 Canterbury Breeders' Cup in his last start June 2, is also worthy of some consideration.
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