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STRAIGHT LINE IN REAL DANDY OF A ROUND TABLE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 14, 2005) -- Nancy A. Vanier & Cartwright Thoroughbreds LLC's Straight Line returns home and looks to rebound off a disappointing fifth-place run in the Grade II Ohio Derby on July 2 when he tops a field of nine sophomores entered for Saturday's $100,000 Round Table Stakes at Arlington Park. The Round Table, for 3-year-olds at nine furlongs on the main track, will be run as the ninth race on Saturday's 10-race card that starts at 1 p.m. Central time.
A son of the recently pensioned Boundary, Straight Line has an affinity for the Arlington surface with three victories in four starts here. Last year as a 2-year-old, the dark bay or brown colt broke his maiden at first asking when entered for a $50,000 claiming tag in July and scored right back to win $50,000 Honest Pleasure Stakes in August. In his only other start at Arlington during his freshman campaign, he was second in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity on closing day, Sept. 19. He closed out his initial season with a five-length tally in the Grade III Iroquois at Churchill Downs in November.
In three starts this year, the Brian Williamson-trained colt was eased in the Grade III Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park and captured a third-level allowance race here before finishing fifth after contesting the issue for more than a mile in the Ohio Derby. Chris Emigh has the mount Saturday.
Cathy & Bob Zollars' Real Dandy enters the Round Table off a third-place finish in the Grade III Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on June 18. The son of Yankee Victor is looking for his first added-money victory but he has been competitive in stakes competition with in-the-money finishes in Grade III Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds and in the Grade III Lone Star Derby in Texas as well as in the Northern Dancer.
Real Dandy will be coupled in the wagering with Jazzy Gallop, who also races in the colors of the Zollars. A son of Victory Gallop, Jazzy Gallop was most recently fourth in the $42,000 Native Dancer Stakes here June 26. Earlier this year, the bay colt captured the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park.
Both horses are trained by Steve Asmussen, who led the nation in wins last year. Mark Guidry is named aboard both halves of the entry.
Iron County Farms Inc.'s Apache Point makes his Arlington Park debut after running second, beaten only a length in the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows two weeks ago. The Royal Academy colt is one for three in his brief career. Shaun Bridgmohan will ride the Frank Kirby trainee.
S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership's High Expectations makes his first foray into open company after soundly defeating Ililnois-bred runners in his last three starts here by a combined 23 ¼ lengths. Last time out, the Christine Janks-trained son of Peaks and Valleys was an easy victor in the $88,900 Springfield Stakes to give jockey Jesse Campbell the 1,000th win in his career. Campbell re-teams with the gelding Saturday.
Pin Oak Stable LLC's Devilment just missed as the even money favorite in the Native Dancer, falling a neck short to the now-sidelined Three Hour Nap. The Mike Stidham-trained son of Peaks and Valleys will have the services of C. H. Marquez Jr.
Completing the field for the Round Table (with jockeys listed) are: Robert S. Folsom Sr.'s Bob O's Boy (Larry Sterling Jr.); Stonerside Stable LLC's Thunder Mission (Brian Hernandez Jr.) and Willmott Stables Inc.'s Tupper Lake (James Graham).
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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