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MAYO ON THE SIDE SERVES AS CHICAGO BC 'CAP MAIN COURSE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 17, 2004) -- Grade I stakes winner Mayo on the Side, who races in the colors of Lothenbach Stables Inc., looms the likely choice of the betting public when she faces four rivals in Saturday's $175,000 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington Park.
The Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade III race for the distaff set, will be run at the distance of seven furlongs and includes $75,000 in added money from the Breeders' Cup Fund for eligible horses.
A daughter of French Deputy, Mayo on the Side earned her biggest career score when she defeated 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri in the Grade I Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 1. Previously, the Carl Nafzger trainee won the $100,000 Doubledogdare at Keeneland on April 16. The 5-year-old mare is seven for 27 overall with earnings in excess of half a million dollars at $519,366. Eusebio Razo Jr. will be aboard Mayo on the Side for the first time in Saturday's headliner and will make up most of the starting high weight of 118 pounds.
Next in the weights at 116 pounds is Marc D. Goldish & Savoy Stable's Smoke Chaser. A daughter of Smoke Glacken, Smoke Chaser is looking for her third score in as many starts this season. In her two previous trips to the post, the Dale Bennett-trained mare captured a money allowance at Hawthorne Race Course on April 23 and followed that with a victory in the $41,875 Fit For a Queen Stakes over this course on May 15. Eduardo Perez, aboard for both of Smoke Chaser's two 2004 starts, has a return call.
Carl F. Pollard's My Trusty Cat invades from Churchill Downs off a fourth-place effort in the $100,000 Winning Colors Handicap on May 22. One start earlier, the Tale of the Cat filly finished a good second over sloppy going in a money allowance race at the Twin Spires oval. A career earner of $361,968, the David Vance pupil looks for her first win since February, when she captured a money allowance at Oaklawn Park. Rene Douglas has the mount aboard My Trusty Cat, who has been assigned 114 pounds for her engagement Saturday.
George Brunachi's Our Josephina, winner of the $75,000 Ohio Valley Handicap at Mountaineer Park in her last start, and Allen Tanis' Rich City Girl, a three-time victress over this track, complete the field. Chad Murphy has the call aboard Our Josephina while James Lopez has been named to ride Rich City Girl.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 96-day meet in 2004 from Friday, May 14 through Sunday, Sept. 19. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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