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ARLINGTON WELL REPRESENTED IN BREEDERS' CUP PRE-ENTRIES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 19, 2001) -- Thirteen horses who raced or trained at Arlington Park during the 2001 season are among the 104 horses pre-entered for the 18th Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The eight-race Breeders' Cup, thoroughbred racing's richest day, will be held Sat., Oct. 27 at Belmont Park in New York and will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its extensive intertrack and off-track wagering network.
Arlington-raced runners have been pre-entered in six of the eight races, with only the $2 million Distaff (G1) and $1 million Juvenile Fillies absent of local representation. The $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) have the strongest contingent of Arlington starters pre-entered with three in each race.
Leading the trio of Arlington Turf pre-entrants is Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Hap, runner-up to Silvano in the Grade I Arlington Million August 18. Also pre-entered for the Turf are Sam-Son Farm's Quiet Resolve, who finished 10th in the Million after pressing the pace for more than three-quarters of a mile, and Phoebe Mueller's Chorwon, who finished fifth in the Grade III Stars & Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf and the John Henry Stakes.
Edouard de Rothschild's England's Legend, heroine of the Grade I Beverly D. on August 18, heads the list of Arlington-started runners pre-entered for the Filly & Mare Turf, the newest of the eight Breeders' Cup races. She is joined on the Filly & Mare Turf roster by Robert & Janet Aron's Spook Express, who ran third in the Beverly D., and Bentley L. Smith's Solvig, third in the Grade III Modesty and fifth in the Beverly D.
Morton Fink's Guided Tour and Cam Allard's A Fleets Dancer, the one-two finishers in the Grade II $400,000 Washington Park Handicap on July 21, carry Arlington's hopes in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the richest Thoroughbred race in North America.
Triple Crown Bloodstock's Publication, who won the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity in just his second trip to the post on Sept. 29, remains in training at the local oval and is expected to depart for his engagement in the $1 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile early next week. Darwin Olson's It'sallinthechase, the Futurity runner-up who also finished fourth in the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes on Sept. 8, is also pre-entered for the Juvenile.
David P. Holloway Racing Inc.'s Bet On Sunshine, a three-time winner of the Arlington Sprint, is expected to make his third start in the $1 Million Penske Auto Center Breeders' Cup Sprint. The Bet Big gelding finished third in the 1997 Sprint at Hollywood Park and third again last year at Churchill Downs. In addition to Bet On Sunshine, Columbine Stable & Kitchwa Stables' Five Star Day stabled and worked here as part of trainer Beau Greely's Chicago contingent.
In addition to Hap, who is cross-entered in the Turf as well as the $1 million Breeders' Cup Mile, Jayeff B. Stables' Navesink, fifth in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes August 18, has been pre-entered for the Mile.
Though the Distaff is without representation of an Arlington-started runner, there is a local hope in the race as Joseph F. Graffeo's Two Item Limit is an Illinois-foaled daughter of Twining and the reigning Illinois Horse of the Year.
Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run its 102-day live racing meet from June 13 through October 28, 2001. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities at Trackside at Arlington Park, Quad City Downs and in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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