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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Graham Ross (847) 385-7500 ext. 7319


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 30, 2001) -- Perfect Sting, voted an Eclipse Award as Female Turf Horse in 2000 after winning the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and five of six starts during the season, tops a group of 91 fillies and mares nominated to the 12th running of the Grade I Beverly D.

With a total purse increased to $700,000, the co-featured attraction of the International Festival of Racing will enjoy its richest renewal August 18 as one of Illinois' three Grade I races presented that day. Also contested that afternoon will be the Arlington Million and the Secretariat Stakes.

The Beverly D., restricted to distaffers 3-years-old and upward, is run at a mile and three- sixteenths over the Arlington grass course. Three of the last six Beverly D. winners - Flawlessly in 1993, Hatoof in 1994, and Possibly Perfect in 1995 - have gone on to win divisional honors as female turf horse during their respective seasons.

Perfect Sting, who has made one start this year, won Hialeah's Grade II Black Helen Handicap by two lengths on April 14 in an impressive performance as the odds-on choice of the fans. A pair of Grade II tallies in Saratoga's Diana Handicap on Labor Day and Belmont's New York Handicap in mid-July were other highlights in 2000.

Beverly D. nominee Happyanunoit won her seasonal bow May 26 in the Grade I Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park, coming from just off the pace to catch favored Tranquility Lake in the final strides. Happyanunoit missed by a length when finishing second in last year's Beverly D. as the odds-on choice of the fans after having won Hollywood's Grade I Beverly Hills Handicap in her previous trip to the post.

Tranquility Lake, winner of last fall's Grade I Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita and another Beverly D. nominee, returned to her winning ways in the Grade III Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park April 29, leading every step of the way as the even-money choice. She had clear command in mid-stretch during the Gamely, but just failed to withstand Happyanunoit late.

Also among the 2001 Beverly D. nominees based on the West Coast is Tout Charmant, who edged Tranquility Lake by a head when they were co-favored in the wagering last November 26 in the Grade I Matriarch at Hollywood.

A pair of East Coast rivals among the 2001 Beverly D. nominations are Gaviola and Spook Express. The South African-bred Spook Express defeated Gaviola in the latter's seasonal bow in the Grade III Suwannee River Handicap at Gulfstream February 18, but Gaviola returned to win Aqueduct's Grade III Beaugay Handicap May 6 while Spook Express finished third behind Perfect Sting in the Black Helen.

Local heroine Megans Bluff, winner of both the Grade III Arlington Oaks and the Grade III Arlington Matron last summer, is a nominee to the Beverly D. this year. The daughter of Pine Bluff won the Grade III Early Times Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs May 19 in her last trip to the post.

Other top nominees to this summer's Beverly D. include the Chilean-bred Printemps, winner of the Grade II Hawthorne Handicap at Hollywood Park May 6, and the British-bred Iftiraas, who captured the Grade III Citgo Distaff Turf Mile Stakes at Churchill Downs a day earlier.

Also noteworthy locally on the 2001 Beverly D. nominations list is License Fee, who tallied in the Grade III Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico May 18 and the Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap at Sportsman's Park April 29.

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

A LA REINE Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss Richard E. Mandella
ALEXINE (ARG) R. D. Hubbard, Robert Masterson & Rio Claro T'breds Richard E. Mandella
ASTRA Allen E. Paulson Living Trust Simon Bray
BADOUIZM Epona Farm Richard J. Lundy
BEAUTIFUL NOISE Janis R. Whitham Ronald L. McAnally
BEAUTIFUL PLEASURE John C. Oxley John T. Ward, Jr.
BEEFEATER BABY Helen Smith & Pam Blatz-Murff Robert J. Frankel
BIBI KARAM (IRE) George Griffin & Alvin D. Haynes Burk Kessinger, Jr.
BOISMORAND (FR) M. Clifford Pascal Bary
BORN SOMETHING (IRE) Wertheimer & Frere Christiane Head-Maarek
COLLECT THE CASH Stronach Stables, Inc. Joseph Orseno
COLSTAR Beverly R. Steinman Paul R. Fout
CRAZY ENSIGN Jose De All Richard E. Mandella
CRYSTAL MUSIC Lord Lloyd-Webber John Gosden
DALTAIYMA (IRE) H. H. Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre
DI MOI OUI (GB) Grundy Bloodstock Pascal Bary
ELDERBERRY Lindsey F. Williams C. Beau Greely
ENGLAND'S LEGEND (FR) Edourd de Rothschild Christophe Clement
ENTHUSED Niarchos Family Michael Stoute
EUROLINK RAINDANCE (IRE) Bull Market Stable Ben D. A. Cecil
EURYANTHE (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka Steven M. Asmussen
FALL HABIT (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka Neil Drysdale
FANTASTIC FILLY (FR) Agri-Harvest, Inc. Robert J. Frankel
FICKLE FRIENDS Amherst Stable Philip G. Johnson
FREE VACATION Mickey Canino, Bill Werner & Roger Attfield Roger L. Attfield
GAVIOLA Twilite Farms William H. Turner, Jr.
GHOST DANCE (IRE) #6 Racing Limited William I. Mott
GINO'S SPIRITS (GB) Thomas Van Meter & Peter Bradley W. Elliott Walden
GOOD GAME W. S. Farish & E. J. Hudson, Jr. Neil J. Howard
GREAT FEVER (FR) Frank C. Calabrese Wayne M. Catalano
HAPPYANUNOIT (NZ) Amerman Racing, LLC Robert J. Frankel
HIGH WALDEN Juddmonte Farms Robert J. Frankel
HISTOIRE SAINTE (FR) Gary A. Tanaka Steven M. Asmussen
HUMBLE CLERK Gary A. Tanaka Niall M. O'Callaghan
IFTIRAAS (GB) Gary A. Tanaka William I. Mott
INNIT (IRE) Richard L. Duchossois Ronald L. McAnally
JIG (IRE) John Stewart C. Beau Greely
KALAMBARA (IRE) H. H. Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre
KALATIARA (AUS) Stonerside Stable, LLC Ronald L. McAnally
KALYPSO KATIE (IRE) Michael Tabor Neil Drysdale
LA GANDILIE (FR) Sidney Port, San Gabriel Investments, et al Laura de Seroux
LADY OF PEACE Russell L. Reineman Stable, Inc. Frank R. Springer
LADY UPSTAGE (GB) Joseph Allen  
LAOUB Godolphin Racing, Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
LICENSE FEE WinStar Farm, LLC W. Elliott Walden
LITTLE FIREFLY (IRE) Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor Patrick Biancone
LIVADIYA (IRE) WinStar Farm, LLC W. Elliott Walden
LOUVE MYSTERIEUSE Gary A. Tanaka Neil Drysdale
MAID FOR FREEDOM Chris Brasher Gerard A. Butler
MARY KIES Allen E. Paulson Living Trust Simon Bray
MATANILLA (FR) Mrs. Alec Head Christiane Head-Maarek
MEGANS BLUFF James Routsong John K. Hennig
MELODY QUEEN Nigel Shields Michael W. Dickinson
MISS TEAK Beetle N Wedge Partnership Gerard A. Butler
MISTIC SUN (GB) Gary A. Tanaka Andreas Schutz
MOONLADY (GER) Gary A. Tanaka Niall M. O'Callaghan
MUWAKLEH (GB) Godolphin Racing, Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
MYSTIFY (GB) Lord Hartington Christophe Clement
NEW STORY Chantel Binet Neil Drysdale
ONLY TO YOU Sam-Son Farm Mark Frostad
OUT OF REACH (GB) Juddmonte Farms Robert J. Frankel
PAGA (ARG) R. D. Hubbard & Rio Claro Thoroughbreds Richard E. Mandella
PENNY'S GOLD Overbrook Farm Christophe Clement
PERFECT STING Stronach Stables, Inc. Joseph Orseno
POETIC The Thoroughbred Corp. John Shirreffs
POLAIRE (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka Donald J. Burke, II
PRETTY (IRE) Mme. Lilian Oung John Hammond
PRINCESS ELLEN (GB) Soo Thomas Thomas J. Skiffington
PRINTEMPS (CHI) Amerman Racing, LLC Ronald L. McAnally
PROSPECTRESS Soo Thomas Thomas J. Skiffington
SECRETSINTHESKY Bruce Barton & Alvin D. Haynes Burk Kessinger, Jr.
SHAWARA (IRE) H. H. Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre
SICY DU BARAIL (FR) James Cassidy James Cassidy
SILKEN (GB) WinStar Farm, LLC W. Elliott Walden
SIRINGAS (IRE) Lady O'Reilly James S. Bolger
SOLVIG Bentley L. Smith Carl A. Nafzger
SPOOK EXPRESS (SAF) Kinloch Enterprises Thomas J. Skiffington
STALDA Sandra Payson Nicholas P. Zito
SUMMER SOLSTICE (IRE) Gerald W. Leigh Christophe Clement
SUMMER SYMPHONY (IRE) Gerald W. Leigh Luca Cumani
SUNSETTER Des Swan Gerard A. Butler
TABADABADO Louis L. Haggin, III (Lessee) W. Elliott Walden
TEMPTING FATE (IRE) Godolphin Racing, Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
THE SEVEN SEAS Three Plus U Stable Robert J. Frankel
TIMI (GB) Sbarra Neil Drysdale
TOUT CHARMANT Stonerside Stable, LLC Ronald L. McAnally
TRANQUILITY LAKE Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Wygod Julio C. Canani
TWIN SET (GER) Richard L. Duchossois Robert J. Frankel
WELIMINA (IRE) Wertheimer & Frere Christiane Head-Maarek
WIN FOR US (GER) Gary A. Tanaka Donald J. Burke, II
ZAZA TOP (GER) Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof Andreas Wohler



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