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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington Classic (GII)

Contact: David Zenner
Dzenner@arlingtonpark.com

TOASTED TOPS ARLINGTON CLASSIC LINE-UP

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 1, 2004) -- California-based Toasted, who races in the colors of Chicago businessman Sidney L. Port, should rule the choice in Saturday's $200,000 Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve, at Arlington Park. The Classic will be run as the ninth of 10 races on the pre-holiday card that starts at 1 p.m. Central time.

The Grade II race, to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on Arlington's world famous turf course, is for 3-year-olds and serves as the first leg of the Mid-America Triple which continues with the Grade II $250,000 American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, on July 24 and concludes with the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Arlington Million Day, Aug. 14.

Trained by Laura de Seroux, Toasted invades Arlington off a second-place finish in the Grade III Will Rogers Stakes at Hollywood Park. In that one-mile grass race, the son of Hennessey was squeezed at the start but rallied four wide to get up for the place money. Previously, the dark bay or brown colt was victorious in the $110,000 La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

Leading rider Rene Douglas, who won the last two renewals of the Arlington Classic, has the mount aboard Toasted, who breaks from the rail in the eight-horse field. Last year, Douglas was astride Pletcher & Simon's Lismore Knight while in 2002 the Panamanian reinsman scored with WinStar Farm LLC & Thomas Van Meter II's Mr. Mellon.

Slated to face Toasted are (with jockeys listed): Gene Voss, Abbott Properties & Hardeman LLC's Old Deuteronomy (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Darley Stable's Street Theatre (C. H. Marquez Jr.); David E. Garner's Cool Conductor (Cornelio Velasquez); Stony Oak Farm LLC's Exploited Storm (Frank Lovato Jr.); Victor Achar's Caiman (Larry Sterling Jr.); Ralls & Foster LLC's Up Anchor (Chris Emigh); and Count On the Tuna (Jesse Campbell).

Of these, Street Theatre provides the most familiar competition to Toasted having also come out of the Will Rogers where he finished third, only a length back of Toasted. The Eoin Harty-trained son of Theatrical has made but three lifetime starts but he broke his maiden on turf at Santa Anita in April.

Cool Conductor also exits a graded stakes in his start. The son of Stravinsky ran third in the Grade III Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs on June 12. In that nine-furlong grass event under the Twin Spires, the Bill Mott trainee was bumped at the start, made the pace for more than three-quarters of a mile before giving way in the final furlong.

Up Anchor looks for his second consecutive victory over the Arlington turf course in the Classic. In his last trip to the post, the Paul McGee-trained colt rallied from well off the pace to capture the one-mile Awad Handicap on June 12. The son of Polish Navy broke his maiden over this course last year during his 2-year-old campaign.

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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