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ARLINGTON WELL REPRESENTED IN BREEDERS' CUP PRE-ENTRIES
Watch and Wager on the 18 2004 Arlington Graduates at Arlington Park or Trackside OTBs
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 20, 2004) -- Arlington Park again proved to be a stepping-stone for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships with 18 horses who raced at Arlington Park during the 2004 season and several others that passed through Arlington Park in previous years listed among the 101 horses pre-entered for this year's event.
The eight-race Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's richest day with $14 million in total purses, will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its eight Trackside OTB facilities.
Arlington Park will open its Million Room restaurant for a special Breeders' Cup package. For $30, fans will get parking, admission, a program, a reserved seat in the Million Room, a continental breakfast served from 9:30 until 11 a.m. plus a chef's table with hand-carved beef briskets, specialty sandwiches, salads and pasta from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Reservations are required for this package and can be secured by calling (847) 870-6943. Million Room attendees should enter the grounds via the Wilke Road entrance, park in Lot D and come into the building through the Grandstand Paddock Entrance.
Trackside Arlington Park, located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road, will open for wagering at 7 a.m. that day; Trackside Chicago and Quad Cities will open at 8 a.m.; Trackside Waukegan, Rockford and South Elgin will open at 9 a.m.; and Trackside South Beloit will open at 9:30 a.m. Each Trackside location will offer food and beverage specials throughout the day.
Advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup will begin Friday, Oct. 29, at all Illinois Trackside OTB locations.
Arlington-raced runners have been pre-entered in seven of eight of the Breeders' Cup races with five races having three Arlington-raced horses apiece. Only the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile is absent local representation.
Powerscourt, the first horse through the line in this year's Grade I Arlington Million before being disqualified and placed fourth; and Magistretti, officially second in the Million, are among the 11 turf stars pre-entered in the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf. Joining them on the list of pre-entries is Kitten's Joy, easy winner of the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on the Arlington Million Day card. Additionally, former Arlington performers Balto Star, runner-up in the 2002 Black Tie Affair Handicap; Better Talk Now, second in the 2003 Grade III Arlington Handicap; Sarafan, a close second in the '02 Million; and two-time Arlington starter Strut the Stage, second to Startac in the 2001 Secretariat, have been pre-entered in the Turf.
Riskaverse, runner-up in the Grade I Beverly D. this year and third in that same race a year ago, leads the Arlington-raced pre-entrants for the $1 million VO5 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Also nominated to the Filly & Mare Turf are Aubonne, sixth in the Beverly D.; and Shaconage, a two-time starter here in 2004 who finished third in the Grade III Modesty Handicap before running eighth in the Beverly D.
Honor in War, based at Arlington in each of the last three summers and third in the John Henry Stakes here in his recent comeback race, is one of three 2004 Arlington-raced runners pre-entered in the $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile, which was over-subscribed with 19 horses. Also on the list of Mile pre-entrants are Mr O'Brien, sixth in this year's Million; and the filly Musical Chimes, a close-up fourth in the Beverly D. Past Arlington starters Balto Star and Freefourinternet are on the list of also eligibles for the Mile.
Arlington-based Tamweel and Bare Necessities are both among the 12 pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, presented by Nextel. The Wayne Catalano-trained Tamwheel started here three times this season and won the Mariah's Storm Handicap in August and then ran second to Adoration in the Grade III Arlington Matron Handicap the following month. Bare Necessities, trained by Frank Kirby, was fifth in the Matron and is expected to conclude her career in the Distaff. One other 2004 Arlington starter, Indy Groove, who broke her maiden at Arlington in July 2002 and finished third in this year's Matron, is on the list of nominees. Additionally, two Breeders' Cup heroines from the 2002 edition held at Arlington Park, Distaff winner Azeri and Juvenile Filly victress Storm Flag Flying, return in search of their second Breeders' Cup victories.
The $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint features a trio of Arlington-raced horses, Gold Storm and Champali, the one-three finishers in the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint on Aug. 28; and Bay Marvel, who was based here all summer.
Culinary and Runway Model, the first two finishers in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, carry the local hopes in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
The lone 2004 Arlington starter pre-entered in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, powered by Dodge, is 3-year-old Fantasticat, runner-up in the $100,000 Round Table Stakes in July. Previous Arlington-raced runners in the Classic include Azeri, who is also nominated to the Distaff; Freefourinternet, scheduled to be ridden by female jockey Greta Kunzweiler, ran eighth in the '02 Million and was the recent winner of the Grade II Hawthorne Gold Cup; and Perfect Drift, who won the Grade II Washington Park Handicap last year and ran 12th in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Arlington in 2002.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 94-day meet in 2005 from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18. 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 Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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