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Arlington Park news release

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


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 25, 2001) -- A handsome unnamed 2-year-old colt, a son of Victory Speech out of the Wild Again mare Thinkinaboutyou, garnered the top price of $100,000 during Saturday night's record-setting Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation Sale at Arlington Park.

Frank C. Calabrese, leading owner at Arlington last year, was the buyer of the bay colt, who was consigned by agent Robert Cunningham. Cunningham also consigned last year's sale topper, a filly foaled in 1998 named Ipsofacto.

"For the second straight year, the Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation Annual Sale at Arlington was a great success," said Arlington CEO Scott Mordell. "This year the top price, the sales average and the number of people who attended increased, demonstrating the optimism for the future of Illinois racing."

The six-figure sum at Arlington's second annual I.T.B.O.F. sale topped last year's highest bid by $10,000 to register an 11 percent gain from the top single sale figure last year and 33 percent from two years ago.

During Tuesday's breezes at Arlington when the 85 horses in the catalogue were previewed, the Victory Speech colt was the fourth horse on the track, and breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 3/5.

"A horse bought this year might win one of the races in the Prairie State Festival next year," said Cheryl Magana, a co-director of Saturday's sale.

The average price of Saturday's sale was $16,779, up more than seven percent from last year's $15,625 average.

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