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LASSIE AND FUTURITY BRING DOWN CURTAIN ON ARLINGTON PARK SEASON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 16, 2005) -- Two-year-olds of both sexes are featured on Sunday in a pair of Grade III races that are part of the Valvoline Instant Oil Change Closing Weekend at Arlington Park. The $200,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity for the boys and the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie for fillies highlight the meet's final card. Each of the one-mile races carries $50,000 in purse money from the Breeders'Cup Fund for horses nominated to the Breeders' Cup program.
Stakes winners Red Raymond and Sorcerer's Stone, plus undefeated Charley Tango are prominent among the 10 colts and geldings slated to run in the Futurity, which goes as race nine on the 10-race card.
Red Raymond, who races in the colors of Thomas W. Franks and is trained by Bob Holthus, comes to Arlington off a 1 ¼-length win in the $75,000 James C. Ellis Juvenile at Ellis Park in his last start. The son of Deputy Commander has a two for three record in his short career and will be ridden Sunday by John McKee who was aboard for both of his victories.
Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds' Sorcerer's Stone captured Arlington's only previous stakes race this season for the juvenile set, the $46,950 Honest Pleasure Stakes on July 31, to remain undefeated in two trips to the post. Mark Guidry gets a return call to ride the Patrick Byrne-trained son of Gulch, who broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on July 3.
Stonerside Stable LLC's Charley Tango has been impressive in his two starts at the current Arlington meeting. On July 14 the Maria's Mon colt broke his maiden, drawing off for a three-length score at the one-mile Futurity distance. Turning back to seven furlongs for his next start, the Mike Stidham-trained colt stalked the pace before drawing away to win by 3 ¾ lengths. Jesse Campbell has the mount.
The remainder of the field for the Futurity (with jockey listed) consists of: Plumstead Stables & George DeBenedicty et al.'s Broadway Ridge (Frankie Pennington); Gulf Coast Farm's Grand Survival (Gary Stevens); Dennis W. Ebert & Richard H. Glander's Brunzer (Eusebio Razo Jr.); James C. Spence's Mondavi (Chris Emigh); John & Kim Glenney's Cool Valley Cowboy (Seth Martinez); Donald G. McClinton's He's a Dixie Boy (Jesus Castanon); and Alex & JoAnn Lieblong's Mr. Pinstripe (Shaun Bridgmohan).
Emerald Green Acres' Lizzy's Township (Craig Perret) and Naveed Chowhan's More Than Pretty (Jesus Castanon), the one-two finishers in the $85,000 Mountaineer Park Juvenile Fillies on August 14; Kristine & John Richter's Jazzy Okie (John McKee), victress over the boys in the $60,000 Iowa Stallion Stakes Futurity at Prairie Meadows on August 13; and Circle C Group Stables' Ex Caelis (Gary Stevens), a D. Wayne Lukas-trained maiden race winner at Saratoga last month, are among the favorites in the Lassie, which is carded as the seventh race.
Others slated to start in the Lassie are: 100% Racing Stable LLC's American Diva (Shaun Bridgmohan); Jim Tafel LLC's Coolwind (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Team Valor Stable & Dolly Thoroughbreds LLC's Dyna's Gold Legend (Mark Guidry); Nancy A. Vanier & Cartwright Thoroughbred LLC V's Lampoon (Chris Emigh); Troy Hames III's Meadow Skippin (Jerry LaSala); Padua Stables' Gleaming Elegance (Roman Chapa); and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Original Spin (Jesse Campbell).
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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