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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (GIII)

Contact: David Zenner


Asmussen-Trained Filly Likely Choice in Seven Furlong Affair

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 15, 2006) -- Millenium Racing LLC’s Annika Lass invades from the East Coast as the starting highweight and the likely choice of the public Saturday when she heads a field of 10 distaffers entered in the $175,000 Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Arlington Park. The purse of the seven-furlong dash includes $75,000 from the Breeders’ Cup Fund for horses eligible to that program.

A daughter of Mister Jolie, Annika Lass most recently finished second in the $75,000 Sweet and Sassy Stakes at Delaware Park. In that six-furlong race, the 5-year-old mare made a move to get into second in the stretch but was unable to get to the victorious Trickle of Gold. Earlier this year, the Steve Asmussen-trained miss finished third in a pair of Grade II stakes at Aqueduct: the Distaff Breeders’ Cup Handicap in March and the Bed O Roses Breeders’ Cup Handicap the following month. Arlington Park’s leading rider Chris Emigh has been named to ride Annika Lass, who will carry 119 pounds Saturday and spot her rivals from four to eight pounds.

Kentucky invader Kinsman Stable’s Ebony Breeze is sure to receive strong support at the betting windows. The daughter of Belong to Me is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott and comes into Saturday’s headliner off back-to-back third-place runs in the Blue Grass state. In her most recent trip to the post, the 6-year-old mare was beaten only a neck in the $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes on dirt at Churchill Downs on May 27 and prior to that took the show spot in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes over the Keeneland turf on April 22. An 11-time winner with earnings of nearly $900,000, she has been assigned 115 pounds for the Chicago Breeders’ Cup and will be ridden by John Jacinto.

Locally-based trainer Christine Janks, whose stable has already accounted for several overnight stakes victories at the meet, has entered a pair of distaffers owned by Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm and the Estate of William Lydon for Saturday’s affair: 5-year-old For Gillian and 4-year-old Modjadji. The former, though winless this year, won three races last year and was runner-up in the $45,000 Mariah’s Storm Stakes over this oval. The latter recently beat state-bred rivals in the $40,000 Your Ladyship Stakes at the Chicago Breeders’ Cup distance. Francisco Torres has been named aboard both halves of the entry.

Others entered for the Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap are: Hugh Robertson & Homewrecker Racing LLC’s Dimple Pinch (C. H. Marquez Jr., 114 pounds); Sullivan Lane Stable’s Getcozywithkaylee (Jesse Campbell, 113); Everest Stables Inc.’s Island Escape (Miguel Mena, 113); Carl F. Pollard’s Morner (Jose Ferrer, 111); Marcelo Bruno & Isaac Zoldan’s Pentelicus Dance (Ariel Smith, 111); and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Silver Crown (James Graham, 111).

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 Tuesday, Sept. 12. 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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