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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Round Table Stakes

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 15, 2004) -- Pin Oak Stable LLC's Cryptograph, most recently third in the $250,000 Iowa Derby, looks to return to his winning ways when he heads a field of nine sophomores entered for Saturday's $100,000 Round Table Stakes, a nine-furlong dirt affair for 3-year-olds.

A son of Cryptoclearance, Cryptograph looks to rebound after two losing efforts in six-figure races. Prior to his third-place run in Iowa, the Donnie K. Von Hemel charge finished eighth in the $200,000 USA Stakes on the turf at Lone Star Park in May. Earlier this year at that Texas oval, he captured the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, which was transferred to a sloppy main track. Don Pettinger, aboard for all eight of Cryptograph's races, has a return call on Saturday's 3-1 morning line favorite.

R. Sidney Brown II's Real Trooper, the 7-2 second choice in the line, invades from Churchill Downs for the Round Table after posting a wire-to-wire, four-length tally at the Louisville oval. The Dale Romans-trained son of Subordination will be making his stakes debut Saturday and will be ridden by Arlington Park jockey Chris Emigh for the first time.

Also in with a good chance on Saturday is Team Block's Fort Prado, recent victor in the Illinois-bred restricted $88,050 Springfield Stakes on June 26. Trained by Chris Block, the son of El Prado broke his maiden in open company at the Fair Grounds this winter but Saturday's race does pose a significant class jump for the Illinois-bred colt. However, it should be noted that Wiggins, last year's Round Table hero, was foaled in the Prairie State. Jesse Campbell has the mount.

Wilbur K. France's Avid Skier, winner of the $41,500 Native Dancer Handicap here June 27, looks to make it two straight over the Arlington oval. The well-traveled Appealing Skier colt remained at Arlington with trainer Dale Bennett following his three-length score last month. Veteran Bobby Lester, who teamed with Avid Skier for the first time in the Native Dancer, will make a return trip to Chicago for the Round Table.

Completing the field for the Round Table (with jockeys listed) are: Darrell & Sadie Brommer's Iosilver (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Briland Farm's Chippewa Trail (C. H. Marquez Jr.); R Bar S Thoroughbreds LLP's Fantasticat (Rene Douglas); Richard Perkins & Edward Stewart's Persuaggle (Cruz Contreras); and C B Racing Inc.'s American Link (Liz Morris).

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

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