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SOUTH AFRICA'S CRIMSON PALACE, STELLAR AGAINST FEMALES, JOINS INTERCONTINENTAL, UNDEFEATED IN U.S., TO TOP 76 BEVERLY D. NOMINEES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 10, 2004) -- South African-bred Crimson Palace, who has not lost a race when facing members of her own sex during the last two years of her career overseas, is joined by British-bred Intercontinental, undefeated in her only three American starts, to top a list of 76 fillies and mares nominated to Arlington Park's $750,000 Beverly D., Chicago's traditional grass test restricted to members of the distaff set.
The 15th running of the Beverly D. to be run Aug. 14 at a mile and three-sixteenths as part of Arlington's International Festival of Racing, is the sister race to the Arlington Million. The 22nd running of the Arlington Million will contested that same afternoon. Along with the $400,000 Secretariat, restricted to the 3-year-olds of international caliber, also run on that second Saturday in August, the three grass events are the only Grade I events offered in the State of Illinois on an annual basis.
In Crimson Palace's most recent trip to the post May 12 in Great Britain in the Group III Totepool Middleton Stakes, a mile and five-eighths race restricted to females at York, the 5-year-old mare was best by three-quarters of a length. Before that, in the Grade I Dubai Duty Free March 27 at Nad al Sheba, the Godolphin color bearer finished fourth, beaten less than a length, by male rivals Right Approach and Paolini, who finished in a dead-heat for the win. The latter was the adjudged runner-up in last summer's Arlington Million, also after finishing on even terms with a rival.
In her first start this year Jan. 29 at Nad al Sheba, Crimson Palace beat males by four and three-quarter lengths although she had been away from the races for almost a year after leaving her native South Africa. She is currently trained by Saeed bin Suroor.
Far more familiar to American racing fans is Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Intercontinental, heroine of the Grade II Just A Game Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park on June 5, Belmont Stakes Day. That length and a quarter tally at the Long Island oval was preceded by a one-length victory April 18 in the Grade III Jenny Wiley at Keeneland. In her first start in the United States March 26 at Santa Anita, also her first of the year, the 4-year-old filly by Danehill was best by a length and a half despite hesitating at the break.
Intercontinental, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel since coming to America for her 2004 campaign, was fourth in the Group I Prix de la Foret at Longchamp last Oct. 12 while still under the tutelage of Andre Fabre during her two-year career in France.
Chilean-bred Noches de Rosa, owned by Diamond A Racing Corporation and conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, is another 2004 Beverly D. nomination with a prominent recent record. At last asking May 31, the 5-year-old mare captured the Grade I Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap by a length at Hollywood Park after making or forcing the pace throughout in that nine-furlong grass test.
Previously second by a length in the Grade I Santa Barbara Handicap April 17, Noches de Rosa captured the Grade II Santa Ana Handicap in the spring of 2003 at that same Southern California oval.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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