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DEFENDING CHAMPION MY TRUSTY CAT FACES SIX FOES IN CHICAGO BREEDERS' CUP HANDICAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 16, 2005) -- The winner of the 2004 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, Carl F. Pollard's My Trusty Cat, returns to Arlington Park Saturday to defend her title in the Grade III $175,000 race against six rivals in the seven-furlong race for the distaff set which goes as the eighth of 10 races on the program that gets underway at 1 p.m. Central time.
Since capturing last year's Chicago Breeders' Cup, the daughter of Tale of the Cat added the Grade II Honorable Miss Handicap at Saratoga last summer and the Grade I Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs in her most recent start to her win total. The 5-year-old mare is now eight for 27 in her career with earnings of $869,753.
In last year's edition of the Chicago Breeders' Cup The Dave Vance-trained miss carried 116 pounds including then-leading rider Rene Douglas and was sent off as the 9-2 second choice behind Humana Distaff victress Mayo On The Side. This year, My Trusty Cat comes into the race as a Grade I winner and will shoulder highweight of 120 pounds, spotting her foes from three to six pounds. She has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite and will be ridden by the meet's leading jockey, Shaun Bridgmohan.
Brenda & Philip Robertson's Savorthetime, second in the weights at 117 pounds, comes into the Chicago Breeders' Cup off a second-place finish in the $100,000 Valid Expectation Stakes at Lone Star Park in Texas in her last trip to the post. Previously, the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Gilded Time won the Grade III First Lady Handicap at Gulfstream Park in January and the $49,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in April. The 6-year-old mare is three for three over the Arlington Park oval but hasn't started here since the summer of 2003. Larry Sterling Jr. has been named to ride.
Stewart Mather Madison's Happy Ticket brings a perfect eight for eight record to Arlington for the Chicago Breeders' Cup but she will be facing her toughest test to date. The 4-year-old daughter of Anet has done all of her bidding in Louisiana, where her average win margin is 6 1/4 lengths. Most of her success has come in state-bred restricted races but she did capture the open $50,000 Southern Accent Stakes at Louisiana Downs last time out. Trainer Andrew Leggio Jr. has given the mount Eusebio Razo Jr., who will be aboard Happy Ticket for the first time on Saturday.
Turf Express Inc. and Darrell & Evelyn Yates Ltd.'s Injustice has been setting the pace in two turn races lately but turns back in distance for Saturday's race. The daughter of Lit de Justice captured the Grade III Azeri Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn Park in March before finishing sixth in the Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course the following month. Now trained by Wayne Catalano, Injustice will be ridden Saturday by C. H. Marquez Jr.
Both Happy Ticket and Injustice will carry 115 pounds Saturday.
Completing the field for the Chicago Breeders' Cup (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Silver Crown (James Graham, 114 pounds); Chester J. Porter, Randy Bloch & Phil Milner's Two Punch Gal (Chris Emigh, 114); and Bernard G. Schaeffer's Fly Away Angel (John McKee, 114).
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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