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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Pucker Up Stakes

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 15, 2005) -- Grade I stakes winner Gould Family Trust & Paul Dixon's Singhalese, heroine of the Del Mar Oaks in Southern California last month, has been installed as the 6-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park. The Grade III race for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and an eighth over Arlington's world famous turf course is one of three graded stakes races that comprise the track's Valvoline Instant Oil Change Closing Weekend.

A British-bred daughter of Singspiel, Singhalese made her North American debut this spring after having raced in her native country as a freshman. In addition to her victory in the Del Mar Oaks, the sophomore filly finished third behind Cesario and Melhor Ainda in the Grade I American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 3. She is trained by James Cassidy, who won last year's Pucker Up with Ticker Tape, and she will be ridden Saturday by Mike Smith.

Among those slated to face Singhalese in the Pucker Up are three other graded stakes placed fillies: Elkhorn Oaks Racing LLC's Gallant Secret; Everest Stables, Inc.'s Isla Cozzene; and Richard L. Duchossois' Royal Copenhagen.

Gallant Secret, third in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, is making her turf debut in the Pucker Up Stakes. In her last trip to the post, the daughter of Menifee ran second in the $100,000 Arlington Oaks on the main track. Jesse Campbell will ride the James Jackson trainee.

Isla Cozzene invades from California off a second-place finish to Singhalese in a Del Mar allowance race on August 1. Earlier this year, the Marcelo Polcano-trained daughter of Cozzene was third in the Grade II Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park. Brice Blanc has the mount Saturday.

Royal Copenhagen is shipping in from California off back-to-back second-place finishes in stakes competition. Last time out, the daughter of Inchinor was a game runner-up in the Grade II San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar on July 30 after rallying for the place money in the $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood earlier that month. Arlington's leading rider Shaun Bridgmohan picks up the mount aboard the Laura de Seroux pupil.

Completing the field for the Pucker Up (with jockey listed) are: Jeffrey & Joanne Richards' Extravagant Gal (Shane Laviolette); Glen Hill Farm's Grat (Chris Emigh); Robert E. Courtney Jr. & Doug Hendrickson's Quiero Ganar (Earlie Fires); Yoshito Fujita's Siberian Amur (Eusebio Razo Jr.), Midnight Cry Stable's Special Grayce (Roman Chapa); John & Kim Glenney's Sunny Disposition (Rene Douglas) and Steve Holland & Crown's Way Farm's You Dancing Devil (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

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