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The Group I UAE Grosser Preis von Baden, fourth leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship which follows the Grade I Arlington Million by 15 days, will be broadcast "live" to North America on ESPNEWS this Sunday at 9:25 a.m. Central Time with Chris Lincoln anchoring the coverage.
Emirates World Series 2001 currently features a three-way tie at the top between Captain Steve, winner of the Group I Dubai World Cup in March; Galileo, victor in the Group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes in July; and Silvano, hero of the Million.
Austrian born jockey Andreas Suborics -- who rode Silvano, owned by Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof, to a three-length win in Arlington Million XIX -- will ride Silvano's half-brother Sabiango in Sunday's fourth leg of the Emirates World Series. The Grosser Preis von Baden will be contested over a mile and a half on the grass at Iffezheim Racecourse in Baden-Baden, Germany.
Silvano became the first German-bred to win the Arlington Million and the first German-bred to win any Grade I race in the United States two weeks ago, and Suborics became the first Austrian jockey to win the highlight event of Arlington's International Festival of Racing.
"I want to be the first Austrian World Champion since Nikki Lauda," said Suborics at Baden-Baden during a press conference for the Grosser Preis von Baden. Auto racing driver Nikki Lauda won the Formula One World Championship in 1975, 1977 and 1984.
"After that win (in the Million) I have a chance of riding in at least four of the remaining Emirates World Series races," Suborics said, "and if I win these then I will become like Nikki Lauda and become the next Austrian World Champion.
"If all is good with Silvano after that next run (in Belmont's Grade I Man o'War September 8)," Suborics said, "then he will go in the Cox Plate."
In addition to possibly riding Silvano in the Carlton Draught Cox Plate, eighth leg of the Emirates World Series in Melbourne, Australia, Suborics could ride him back still another time in the Group I Hong Kong Cup in the 12th and last leg of the Series.
Suborics could also have a mount on Paolini in the Grade I Canadian International at Woodbine, sixth leg of the Series; and Sabiango again in the Group I Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere in France as the seventh leg.
Suborics is currently tied for second position in the Series with jockey Michael Kinane, behind the current leader Jerry Bailey.
WinStar Farm LLC's Honest Deceiver, undefeated in two career trips to the post, showed that she had maintained her top form when she went an easy half-mile in :51 4/5 last Friday in a final move for Saturday's $75,000 Top Flight Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
"She breezed very well," said Debbie Graves, exercise rider and assistant in trainer Elliott Walden's Arlington barn. "It was just a nice little maintenance breeze. She came out of that last race very well."
Graves was speaking of Honest Deceiver's three and a quarter-length win in Arlington's $60,000 Eliza Stakes August 12. That successful outing had come following the daughter of Is It True's one-length tally at first asking in maiden company here July 29.
"She's starting to mature a little bit more each time she runs," said Graves of Honest Deceiver, who is a Kentucky-bred out of a Clever Trick mare. "She really stepped it up in that last race. She's pretty easy to be around, but she's kind of boring as far as stories go because she does everything you ask her to."
Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein's Outofthebox, second in a pair of Grade I races at Gulfstream Park during the winter and a Triple Crown candidate at that time, may be the starting highweight in Sunday's feature attraction at Arlington, the $55,000 Native Dancer Handicap for 3-year-olds at one mile.
Outofthebox went to the post as the favorite in the Grade I Fountain of Youth at the South Florida oval on February 17, could not catch the pacesetting Songandaprayer in that race, but gained the runner-up position in the late stages.
The Montbrook colt came back in the Grade I Florida Derby on March 10 at Gulfstream and finished second again, beaten by Monarchos, who went on to win the Grade I Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.
Outofthebox, on the other hand, went South, to finish fifth as the odds-on choice in the Grade III Flamingo at Hialeah April 7. In his most recent test, the Florida-bred was seventh in the $500,000 West Virginia Derby August 11 at Mountaineer Park.
Outofthebox has been assigned 119 pounds in the Native Dancer Handicap by Arlington racing secretary David Bailey.
Likely to oppose Outofthebox in Sunday's headliner are: Thomas Orr's Tub Tosser, 116; Richard F. Rudolph's San Pedro, 115; W. Dean West's Lil Mephistopheles, 114; Arthur Vogel's Storm Mist, 113; and Francisco Parra Garcia's Don Regino, 112.
Carolyn Friedberg's Freeway Ticket, at 112 pounds, remains a possibility for the Native Dancer Handicap at this time.
Pam Slaughter & Jack Murphy's Jake the Flake, assigned the top impost of 120 pounds for the $100,000-added Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile on Labor Day Monday, will now pass on that one-mile turf feature in favor of a race at Mountaineer Park on the same day.
"He's not Breeders' Cup eligible," explained Robin Wiggins, daughter-in-law of Jake the Flake's trainer Hal Wiggins, "so for just a few dollars less the owners finally decided to go for the easier money. We're taking a few horses down there for the day, including some from Churchill Downs.
Jockey Randy Meier went over the $1 million mark in earnings at Arlington Park this summer on Sunday, becoming the fourth rider to do so this season.
The largest daily double of the season was recorded here Wednesday, when John D. Bauman's Paavo's Princess won the second race paying $93.20, and combined with Greg Besinger's Pioneer Inn, who won the third for a $17.60 straight price. Together the pair returned a daily double worth $1,297.20 based on a $2 wager.
Friday's band for Miller Lite Party In The Park is "Voices," a band that plays modern rock.
Beginning next week and continuing throughout the months of September and October, both Wednesdays and Thursdays will be Senior Days with a special $2 discount admission for anyone 55 or older.
In Wednesday's first race, in which six horses participated, the field finished exactly in post position 1-6 numbered order. The odds of that happening are 720 to 1.
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