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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington Oaks

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 18, 2005) -- Recent stakes winners Pin Oak Stable LLC's Whimsy and Ralls & Foster LLC's Eyes On Eddy top a field of eight sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Oaks at Arlington Park.

Whimsy, the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the mile and an eighth race, returns to Arlington Park after earning back-to-back stakes victories at Prairie Meadows. The Mike Stidham-trained daughter of Maria's Mon captured the $50,000 Panther Stakes at one mile on June 10 by 4 lengths and successfully stretched out to Saturday's nine furlongs distance to score in the Grade III $125,000 Iowa Oaks on July 1. In her only previous start at Arlington, Whimsy was third in the six-furlong Ribbon Handicap on opening day, May 14. Carlos Marquez Jr., who guided the bay filly to both her Iowa victories, has a return call Saturday.

Eyes On Eddy scored a definitive 10-length victory in the one-mile $46,950 Sweetest Chant Stakes on July 29 to earn her second win of the season. Earlier this year, the Paul McGee-trained filly won a first-level allowance race over this oval. The daughter of Touch Gold, who overcame serious injury before ever making it to the races, raced against top competition this season and finished second to eventual Kentucky Oaks heroine Summerly in the Grade III $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at the Fair Grounds. James Graham has the mount.

Slated to face the top two in Saturday's headliner are: Harold Fishman's Flip Side (Lori Wydick); Elkhorn Oaks Racing LLC's Gallant Secret (Jesse Campbell); John C. Oxley's Miss Matched (Shaun Bridgmohan); Cox Thoroughbreds' Tappin For Gold (Mark Guidry); and the Jim Tafel LLC-owned coupling of Easily (Brian J. Hernandez Jr.) and Ritzy (Chris Emigh).

Of these, Miss Matched appears to fit this spot nicely. The daughter of Formal Gold won the opening day $40,000 Ribbon and parlayed that success into a graded stakes score in her next start, capturing the Grade III Dogwood Breeders' Cup Stakes at Churchill in June. In her most recent trip to the post, the John Oxley trainee was second to Eyes On Eddy in the Sweetest Chant.

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

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