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Weights have been released for Saturday's Grade II Washington Park Handicap, with Tracy Farmer's Albert the Great, winner of a pair of Grade II handicaps, the Suburban and Brooklyn in his last two starts, heading the list at 125 pounds.
Michael E. Pegram's Captain Steve, hero of the Donn Handicap and the Dubai World Cup, both Grade I events, is next in the $400,000 Washington Park weights at 123 pounds, and Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup winner Aptitude, owned by Juddmonte Farms, follows on the list at 120 pounds.
However, it is Morton Fink's Guided Tour, assigned 116 pounds in the mile and a quarter local test, who may be the star attraction in the 69th running of the Washington Park.
The 5-old altered son of Hansel has won more than $800,000 this year, and most recently was upset winner of the Grade II Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs June 16.
Earlier in the year, Guided Tour won the Grade II San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita February 4, after capturing the $75,000 Louisiana Handicap at the Fair Grounds December 30.
Between his tallies in the San Antonio and the Stephen Foster were a fifth in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, a close second in the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap and a third in the Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup here in Chicago.
Morton Fink, owner of Guided Tour, is a Windy City resident.
Also looking at the Washington Park Handicap is Gatsas Thoroughbreds LLC and John Terranova, the owners and trainer of Gander, assigned 115 in Saturday's fixture. Gander was second behind Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Hap in the Grade III New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park June 23.
Richard E. Trebat's Chicago Six, who beat Guided Tour in the National Jockey Club Handicap at Sportsman's Park, is considered likely for the Washington Park and is assigned 114.
Also in with that impost and likely for the Washington Park is Stronach Stables, Inc.'s Milwaukee Brew. That Wild Again gelding was most recently second in the Grade III Baltimore Breeders' Cup Handicap June 16 at Pimlico.
A third horse assigned 114 pounds and likely for the Washington Park is Michael Tabor's Duckhorn, fourth in the Stephen Foster last time but length and a quarter winner of the Hawthorne Gold Cup before that.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s First Lieutenant, a winner of his last three in a row, and Earle I. Mack's Estio, a recent allowance winner at Delaware Park, are each assigned 113 pounds and under strong consideration for the Washington Park at this time.
Phillips Racing Partnership's Storm Day, a winner of back to back allowance races at Churchill Downs this spring, is considered likely for Saturday's test with 111 pounds assigned.
Still possible for the Washington Park are Cam Allard's A Fleets Dancer, 114, a winner of his last two; and David Hall, Braxton Case, E. Glasscock & B. Bleiden's Da Devil, 111, who tallied by four and a half in his last start in allowance company at Churchill.
Jockey Rene Douglas, a newcomer as a regular member of the jockey colony at Arlington Park this summer, intensified his challenge to leading rider Mark Guidry on Saturday while that defending champion was enjoying a successful day out of town.
Douglas won four races on the weekend program, including the featured $57,420 William J. McGinley Handicap aboard The Thoroughbred Corp.'s People's Princess.
The quartet of victories moved Douglas' total to 27 winners for the local season, two behind Guidry's 29 trips to the winner's circle.
With his riding accomplishment, Douglas equaled the feat of jockey Chris Emigh, the only other rider to have a four-win afternoon here at Arlington this season.
Earlier in the day, Douglas won the opener with Daniel Hurt's Three Little Words and the sixth with Highland Farms' Storm Dream. The Panamian concluded the afternoon with a tally in the last race of the day with New Phoenix Stable's Social Graces.
Arlington's defending rider champion Mark Guidry had a successful afternoon out of town Saturday, guiding Nelson Bunker Hunt's Hattiesburg to a half-length tally in the Grade III Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder Race Course.
Guidry settled Hattiesburg off the early pace, launched a bid when set down for the drive, and gained the advantage in the late stages.
Hattiesburg has now won five in a row, including a score in Arlington's Ribbon Stakes on June 24 for trainer Tom Amoss.
Richard E. Trebat's Chicago Six breezed five-eighths in 1:02 1/5 Sunday at Arlington Park in preparation for his upcoming engagement in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap Saturday.
On July 16, 1959, local horseman Charlie Vinci registered his first Arlington Park win by saddling Derby John, with Lois C. Cook aboard.
On July 17, 1939, Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden recorded the first five-win day by any jockey at Arlington Park, and the feat was accomplished on an eight-race program. The following day, Longden won four races here.
On July 17, 1967, Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg won his first Arlington race by sending out Lacon to score under jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.
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