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CRAFTY SHAW SET FOR HANSHIN CUP REPEAT BID
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 26, 2005) -- Charles J. Cella's Crafty Shaw returns from nearly eight months on the sidelines to make his 2005 seasonal debut in the Grade III Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park on Saturday, May 28. Last year, the Peter Vestal-trained horse captured the $100,000 race by 1¼ lengths over defending champion Apt To Be.
Since winning the 2004 Hanshin, a one-turn one-mile race on the main track, the son of Crafty Prospector ran third to eventual Dubai World Cup (Grade I) hero Roses in May in the Grade III $300,000 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Prairie Meadows and second in the Grade III $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship at that Northern Kentucky oval.
Crafty Shaw will be partnered again with his regular jockey Craig Perret, who will make up most of the 119-pound starting high impost, and will spot his rivals from two to six pounds.
Next in the weights at 117 pounds are Whippoorwill Farm, Inc.'s Missme and S J Stables LLC's Stormy Impact.
A son of Belong to Me, Missme most recently finished third in the $100,000 Alysheba stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs May 6. Last year, the Lynn Whiting-trained gelding captured the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Mile at Kentucky Downs. Calvin Borel has the mount.
Locally-based Stormy Impact comes into the race off a victory in the $100,000 Bosselman Gus Fonner Handicap in Nebraska on April 23. Three weeks earlier on April 2, the Frank Kirby-trained son of Major Impact won the $40,000 Sarco Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course. Tim Thornton, who has ridden the 6-year-old gelding in all four of his starts this year, has a return call.
Lord of the Game, who races in the colors of 2 Blondes, Inc., had a five-race win streak snapped when he finished third behind Pollard's Vision and Badge of Silver in the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap at Hawthorne on April 23. The son of Saint Ballado broke his maiden by more than 22 lengths for trainer Jim McMullen when entered for a $10,000 tag on Dec. 31 but was claimed out of that effort by trainer Tom Tomillo.
Under Tomillo's care, the 4-year-old colt raced through his conditions in rapid succession before tasting defeat for the first time in the NJC 'Cap. Eusebio Razo Jr. rides.
Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Home of Stars is the only Illinois-bred in the eight-horse lineup. The son of Home At Last is six for 17 in his career and owns restricted stakes victories in the $100,000 High Alexander Handicap last fall at Hawthorne and the $100,000 Milwaukee Avenue Handicap there this spring. Trainer Frank Springer has named James Graham to ride.
Completing the field for Hanshin (with jockeys and weight assignments listed) are: Swifty Farms' Pass Rush (Shaun Bridgmohan, 115 pounds); Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm & William Lydon's Nkosi Reigns (Chris Emigh, 114); and Eugene & Laura Melnyk's Gouldings Green (C. H. Marquez Jr., 113).
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running 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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