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Solid Group of 10 Nominated for Cisk Stakes

Slated to run on Saturday, an excellent group has been nominated for the $40,000 added Cisk Stakes. To be run at 1 1/16 miles over the main track, this race for three-year-olds and up has six stakes-placed competitors in this bunch.

Leading the cast is Sharon Hild's Dust On The Bottle. The hero of the Hawthorne Gold Cup on October 7, Dust On The Bottle took on the best in the world in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Never firing in that start, the Glenn Hild trainee (a five-year-old Arkansas-bred) may be looking to this spot to get back on track. Dust On The Bottle has five wins from 16 starts in 2000 for over $450,000 in earnings.

A horse that may turn out being Illinois-bred of the year is Chicago Six. Owned by Richard Trebat and trained by Jere Smith, Sr., he comes into this spot with six wins from his last eight starts. Most recently, this five-year-old sired by Wild Again, ran to an impressive victory in winning by five lengths in the Illinois Coronet Handicap.

Another possibility in this race could be the ever amazing Magic Doe. Trained by James Eckrosh, Magic Doe has rounded into form in his last couple of starts. Two races back, he stalked the pace before grabbing victory in the Crafty Drone and two weeks ago he looked as impressive as ever when he ran to a length-and-a-half win in the Lightning Jet.

While Chicago Six was running off to victory in the Illinois Coronet, the only horse that was making up ground behind him was Beboppin Baby. Coming into that race off of a layoff, Beboppin Baby dropped some ten lengths out of things before turning in his late run. He ended up just five lengths behind Chicago Six at the wire and could improve more in this spot.

Although Chicago Six will be the more focused upon horse from the barn of Jere Smith, Sr., there is another possible entrant who may surprise this bunch. Although a winner only once in 2000, Muchacho Fino has faced some tough competition. He's run second to Chicago Six in May and finished behind stakes winners Reno Rumble and Where's Taylor in his last two starts.

Treat Me Doc has spent all of 2000 on the turf, but does have some past dirt form. A winner in three of 18 starts over the dirt in his career, Treat Me Doc can definitely pose a threat as an outside shot. He surprised everyone in the Kentucky Cup Mile at Kentucky Downs in 1999 when he posted a head victory at odds of 31-1. Since then, he taken on nothing but stakes competition and should show his class.

A three-year-old that's on the rise is Owen Hulse's Silver Zipper. Trained by Hugh Robertson, Silver Zipper had a good two-year-old campaign as he won two of four starts for over $30,000 in earnings. In 2000, he's hit the board in seven of eight races and most recently comes out of an impressive win in an optional claiming allowance on November 11.

When looking for consistency, trainer Wayne Catalano has found just that in Pleasant Italian. After closing out his 1999 season with a pair of wins, Pleasant Italian opened 2000 with a pair of second and third place finishes. Following those four races, Pleasant Italian rattled off three consecutive wins.

Black Forest is winless in 2000, but has taken on some good company. Trained by Charlie Bettis, Black Forest has run close-up efforts to Beboppin Baby and Pleasant Italian. Claimed for $50,000 six races back, he looks to improve off of his most recent efforts.

Rounding out the list of nominees is Technocat. Posting a win for a $45,000 tag, Technocat has three second-place finishes in 2000 for Lothenbach Stables and trainer Chris Block. The five-year-old gray does come into this spot off of a strong effort in an optional claiming allowance test.

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