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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 29, 2001) -- On Target Racing's Williams News will shoulder starting highweight of 116 pounds in his attempt to win the $200,000-added Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf for the second straight year Sunday at Arlington Park.

The Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf, a mile and a half grass race for 3-year-olds and upward, is part of the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, a series of more than 95 stakes races sponsored by the Breeders' Cup and participating tracks throughout the United Stakes and Canada.

The race, which will be broadcast nationally by CBS as part of a 90-minute NTRA Champions Series telecast airing from 3:30 to 5 p.m. CDT, also serves as a prep for the Grade I Arlington Million which will be run as part of Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing August 18.

A 6-year-old bay gelding, Williams News rallied from well off the early pace to win last year's Stars and Stripes by a length and three-quarters over Profit Option, who is also slated to start in this year's renewal. Last time out, the Tom Amoss trainee ran fifth beaten more than eight lengths in the $100,000 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. Earlier this year, Williams News annexed the Grade III Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland. Mark Guidry, Arlington Park's leading rider, has the mount.

M. Conway, K. Hoffman & Team Canonie's Profit Option looks to avenge his defeat in last year's Stars and Stripes. The 6-year-old son of Alleged finished second in the Louisville in his last start. The Ken Hoffman-trained horse has one win from five starts this season with the victory coming in an optional claiming/allowance race at Gulfstream Park in January. One of two horses assigned 113 pounds by racing secretary David Bailey, Profit Option will be ridden by Lonnie Meche.

Also in at 113 pounds is the Estate of Thomas Mueller's Chorwon. An 8-year-old gelding, Chorwon comes into the Stars and Stripes off a second-place finish in a $62,400 allowance race at Churchill. In his only other start this year, the Hal Wiggins charge ran fifth in a $59,800 allowance race at the Louisville oval. With career earnings in excess of $918,000, a victory in the Stars and Stripes would make Chorwon a millionaire. Eddie Martin Jr. will be in the saddle.

Though winless in five starts this year, Gary A. Tanaka's Falcon Flight has been competitive while racing against some of the best turf horses on the West Coast. In his last start, the 5-year-old son of Persian Bold finished fifth in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park, beaten only three lengths by Arlington Million hopeful Bienamado. Last season, the Donald J. Burke II pupil captured the Grade II El Rincon Handicap at Santa Anita Park in his North American debut. Jockey R. R. Douglas will make up most of his 114-pound weight assignment.

Completing the field for the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf are: Wilmott Stable's Dixie Crown, 112 pounds, Eusebio Razo Jr. in the saddle; Frank C. Calabrese's Langston, 112, Frank Alvarado aboard; Epona Farms & Elizabeth H. Alexander's Lonely Place, 112, Frank Lovato Jr. up; Gary A. Tanaka's Hesiode, 111, Shane Laviolette in the irons; Frank C. Calabrese's Ivars Big Peaceful, 111, Frank Alvarado named on both halves of the Calabrese-owned coupling; Mark Stanley's Three Wonders, 111, Eduardo Perez astride; and John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred, Zoe Cadman at the controls.

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