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Contact: David Zenner
REMIND, FORT PRADO TOP COMPETITVE SEA O'ERIN BC MILE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 3, 2005) -- Claiborne Farm's Remind and Team Block's Fort Prado should vie for favoritism in a competitive field of seven lawn cutters entered for Saturday's $150,000 Sea o'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park.
The one-mile turf race includes $50,000 in added money from the Breeders' Cup Funds for horses eligible to the Breeders' Cup program. Of the seven entrants, only Fort Prado and Gondolieri are not eligible for the additional money.
Highweghted at 120 pounds by racing secretary Frank Gabriel Jr., Remind comes into Saturday's headliner off a third-place finish in the Grade III Poker Handicap at Belmont Park. In that one-mile test, the Bill Mott-trained son of Deputy Minister made a wide move to get within a neck of the lead at the furlong pole but weakened late to finish third, beaten a length and a half. In five starts this year, the 5-year-old horse has just one victory, a wire-to-wire score in a fourth-level allowance at Gulfstream Park in March. Leading rider Shaun Bridgmohan accepts the call Saturday.
Fort Prado, an Illinois-foaled son El Prado, beat state-bred rivals in the $86,950 Black Tie Affair Handicap in his most recent trip to the post but the Chris Block-trained 4-year-old captured the $42,000 Mister Gus Stakes against open company earlier this season. Named Illinois Champion 3-Year-Old in 2004, Fort Prado is well on his way to another championship season with a perfect three-for-three record heading into the Sea o'Erin. He will carry 119 pounds Saturday and will be ridden by his regular jockey Eusebio Razo Jr.
Named to face the top pair are (with jockey and weight assignment): Silverton Hill LLC's Gin and Sin (Brice Blanc, 117 pounds); Nelson Bunker Hunt's Gondolieri (Roman Chapa, 117); Larry Spiegler's Parker Run (Brian Hernandez Jr., 116); William Stiritz' Mr. Mabee (Carlos Silva, 114); and Gene Voss, Abbott Properties & Hardeman LLC's Old Deuteronomy (Shane Laviolette, 113 pounds).
Of these, Gin and Sin and Mr. Mabee come in off stakes victories. The former, a Darrin Miller-trained son of Go for Gin, captured the $75,000 Independence Day Stakes at Mountaineer Park while the latter, a son of Storm Cat trained by Jimmy Zook, took top honors in the $125,000 Claiming Crown Emerald at Canterbury Park three weeks ago.
Graded stakes placed Gondolieri will be making his 2005 debut in the Sea o'Erin; Parker Run was fourth in the Grade III Firecracker Breeders' Cup in his last start; and Old Deuteronomy won a second-level allowance race at Churchill Downs in June.
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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