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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington Matron (GIII)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 2, 2004) -- Amerman Racing Stables LLC's Adoration, upset winner of the $2 Million Breeders' Cup Distaff last year at Santa Anita Park, heads a talented field of nine fillies and mares entered for Saturday's $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap, a Grade III race to be run at a mile and an eighth on the main track.

A daughter of Honor Grades, Adoration was a wire-wire heroine at odds of 40-1 when taking the Distaff last fall. The David Hofman-trained mare proved that was no fluke and added victories in the Grade I Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita in March and the Grade II Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs in June. Shipped here earlier this week, Adoration has gotten a taste of the Arlington surface, drilling four furlongs in 48 seconds on Wednesday. Victor Espinoza, aboard for the Fleur de Lis win, has a return call Saturday astride Adoration, who will carry 123 pounds in the Matron and spot her rivals from five to 11 pounds.

Next in the weights at 118 pounds is Iron County Farms Inc.'s Bare Necessities. The daughter of Silver Deputy is looking to get back on the winning track after suffering six straight defeats against tough competition. Earlier this year she was second in the Grade I Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita, finishing ahead of Adoration in that nine-furlong race. In a previous foray to Chicago, Bare Necessities ran second in the Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne. Now locally trained by Frank Kirby, Bare Necessities will be ridden by C. H. Marquez Jr.

Lyon Stables' Miss Fortunate invades from Kentucky off a second-place finish in the Grade III Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park. Prior to that, she won the H.B.P.A. Handicap at the Western Kentucky oval. The Bill Mott-trained daughter of Deputy Minister will carry 116 pounds including jockey Brian Peck.

Turf Express Inc. & Darrell & Evelyn Yates Ltd.'s Tamwheel and Jim Tafel LLC's Allspice each have been assigned 115 pounds for the Matron. The former, by Gulch, was a five-length victress in the $52,400 Mariah's Storm Stakes on Aug. 13, which was the third straight win for the Wayne Catalano-trained 4-year-old. The latter, a Greg Geier-trained daughter of Coronado's Quest won the Sixty Sails at Hawthorne in April and most recently ran fourth in the Mariah's Storm. Rene Douglas has the mount on Tamwheel while Chris Emigh is slated to ride Allspice.

Completing the field for the Matron are (with jockey and weight assignments): Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Hennie's Song (James Graham, 114 pounds); Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Julie's Prize (Eusebio Razo Jr., 114); K and K Racing Stable LLC's La Reason (Jesse Campbell, 114); and Glen Hill Farm's Indy Groove (Earlie Fires, 112).

Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running 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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