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ARLINGTON WELL REPRESENTED IN BREEDERS' CUP PRE-ENTRIES
Watch and Wager on the 19 2005 Arlington Graduates at Arlington Park or Trackside OTBs
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (October 19, 2005) -- Arlington Park again proved to be a stepping-stone for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships with 19 horses who raced at Arlington Park during the 2005 season and two others that passed through Arlington Park in previous years listed among the 117 horses pre-entered for this year's event.
The eight-race Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's richest day with $14 million in total purses, will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Belmont Park in New York, and will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its eight Trackside OTB facilities.
Arlington Park will open its Million Room restaurant for a special Breeders' Cup package. For $40-$42, fans will get parking, admission, a program, a reserved seat in the Million Room, a continental breakfast served from 9:30 until 11 a.m. plus a lunch buffet featuring hand-carved beef briskets, an assortment of panini, gourmet salads and pasta from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Reservations are required for this package and can be secured by calling (847) 870-6943.
Trackside Arlington Park, located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road, will open for wagering at 7 a.m. that day; Trackside Chicago, Waukegan and Quad Cities will open at 8 a.m.; Trackside Rockford and South Beloit will open at 9 a.m.; and Trackside South Beloit and McHenry will open at 9:30 a.m. Each Trackside location will offer food and beverage specials throughout the day.
Advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup will begin Friday, Oct. 28, at all Illinois Trackside OTB locations.
Arlington-raced runners have been pre-entered in seven of eight of the Breeders' Cup races with the $1 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf having the largest Arlington contingent of six 2005 starters plus one starter that raced at Arlington previously. Only the $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile is absent local representation.
The 2005 Filly & Mare Turf has a strong Beverly D. feel with the first two finishers, Angara and Megahertz, slated to square off again. They are joined on the list of pre-entrants by Wonder Again, Sundrop, Wend, and Mona Lisa, who finished fourth through seventh, respectively, in Arlington's Grade I grass distaff event. In addition, Riskaverse, the 2004 Beverly D. runner-up and third-place finisher in 2003 who finished seventh in this same race when Arlington hosted the Breeders' Cup in 2002, is among the 14 pre-entered in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Though Powerscourt, the recently-retired Arlington Million champion, will not return to America for this year's $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, the mile and a half grass marathon's list of pre-entrants contains the names of five horses that started at Arlington in 2005 plus one horse that raced here in 2004. Gun Salute and English Channel, the one-two finishers in the Grade I Secretariat Stakes, will be facing their elders in the Turf. Gun Salute also captured the Grade II American Derby at Arlington in July. Fourty Niners Son and Better Talk Now, third and fourth in this year's Million, are slated to meet again after going their separate ways following Arlington's signature grass event. Other horses with Arlington connections pre-entered in the Turf are Shake the Bank, the "rabbit" for his stablemate Better Talk Now, raced here and finished eighth in the Mister Gus Stakes in May; and Silverfoot, second through the wire but placed fourth for interference in the 2004 Grade III Stars & Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf.
Three horses that started at Arlington Park in 2005 -- Perfect Drift, Suave and Lord of the Game -- have been pre-entered in the oversubscribed $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic powered by Dodge. Perfect Drift, who ran 12th in the 2002 Classic at Arlington and eighth in the 2003 Arlington Million, set a track record this summer when capturing the Grade II Washington Park Handicap for the second time in three years. Suave used an Arlington Park allowance race as his victorious 2005 debut in July en route to a win in the Grade II Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap a month later. The Chicago-based Lord of the Game, a one-time $10,000 claimer who won the Grade III Hanshin Cup here in May, is listed as the first alternate in the Classic and will need a defection from the body of the race in order to start in North America's richest race.
Original Spin and Ex Caelis, the one-two-finishers in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie on closing day Sept. 18, are among the 14 2-year-old distaffers pre-entered in the $1 million Alberto V05 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Original Spin, a locally-based Illinois-bred, has made her only two career starts at Arlington.
Sorcerer's Stone, winner of the Honest Pleasure Stakes and the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity, is the lone Arlington representative among 17 2-year-olds pre-entered in the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Elusive Jazz, runner-up in the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint on Aug. 27, is the sole Arlington Park starter to be pre-entered in the $1 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint; and Happy Ticket, heroine in the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap over this oval in June, is the only Arlington graduate listed among the 14 fillies and mares pre-entered in the $2 million Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 95-day meet in 2006 from Friday, May 5 through Thursday, Sept. 14. 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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