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Arlington Park Stakes Advance

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 14, 2001) -- Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein's Hidden Assets, winner of the Grade III Shirley Jones Handicap in February at Gulfstream, may be a tepid choice in the wagering when she faces six rivals in Saturday's 13th running of the $150,000-added Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at seven furlongs.

Hidden Assets was a disappointing seventh in the $50,000 Regal Rumor in her last start at Hawthorne May 26 when running a race contested over a sloppy track not to her liking. In the Regal Rumor, Hidden Assets was not able to make the lead.

The daughter of Mt. Livermore had finished third, beaten two and a quarter lengths in her start before that in Hialeah's Poinciana Handicap. In that South Florida outing, Hidden Assets had made the pace before tiring in the final furlong.

Previously, February 14 at Gulfstream, Hidden Assets used her favored front-running style successfully, capturing the Shirley Jones by three-quarters of a length, and had also made every pole a winning one in allowance company January 12 at the Hallandale oval.

Out of a Roberto mare, the Kentucky-bred Hidden Assets will share the top impost of 115 pounds in the Chicago Breeders' Cup, most of which will be made up by Jeremy Beasley.

Also in the Chicago Breeders' Cup with an 115-pound impost is the Irish-bred Rose of Zollern, who captured her last outing in allowance company at Churchill Downs by three and a quarter lengths. A 5-year-old mare by Seattle Dancer, Rose of Zollern pressed the early pace that day and drew off in the lane.

In her start before that on April 13 at Keeneland, Rose of Zollern was well back early but launched a bold bid in the lane to be clearly second best although two lengths behind the winner.

Rose of Zollern, who had finished third in the Grade II Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap in her previous trip to the post last November, has Mark Guidry, Arlington's leading rider last year, named to handle the reins on Saturday.

Named to oppose the co-highweights in the Chicago Breeders' Cup are: Marta Racing Ventures & Jerry Hollendorfer's Linda Love, 114; My Jo Lee Stable, Inc. & Hurstland Farms, Inc.'s Please Sign In, 114; Kerry & Linda Ozment's The Happy Hopper, 114; Claiborne Farm's Trip, 114; and Wimborne Farm's Must Be a Lady, 113.

Other riding assignments in the Chicago Breeders' Cup have Ray Sibille aboard Linda Love; Tim Doocy astride Must Be a Lady; Randy Meier in the tack on Please Sign In; Eddie Martin Jr. handling the reins on The Happy Hopper; and Craig Perret doing the booting on Trip.

The Chicago Breeders' Cup is the 37th of a 92-race series run at 42 tracks throughout the United States and Canada this year. The Breeders' Cup National Stakes Series program features 58 graded stakes and offers over $17 million in purses. Saturday's Arlington race is a $75,000-added affair with an additional $75,000 available from the Breeders' Cup Fund.

The Happy Hopper may provide strong competition for Hidden Assets and Rose of Zollern. The daughter of El Prado was fourth at last asking in the Grade II Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs on May 5, Kentucky Derby Day, beaten six lengths by the winning Dream Supreme.

However, The Happy Hopper had won Oaklawn's Carousel Handicap during the Racing Festival of the South at that central Arkansas oval, coming from well behind the early leaders and was drawing off by a length and a half at the wire.

Please Sign In is also worthy of consideration in the Saturday's Arlington Park attraction. Although fifth over the grass in her last trip to the post in the Grade III Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile, she had been no worse than second in her previous seven starts, three of which ended in trips to the winner's circle.

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