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SILVER WHISTLE FAVORED IN STARS AND STRIPES BC TURF
Graded Stakes Winner Headlines Marathon Turf Event
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 30, 2006) -- Stronach Stables Inc.’s Silver Whistle, most recently fifth in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park on June 10, looks to return to his winning ways as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in a field of eight slated to start in Sunday’s Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders’ Cup Turf, Arlington’s traditional Fourth of July weekend headliner.
The mile and a half grass marathon carries a purse of $200,000, which includes $75,000 from the Breeders’ Cup Fund for eligible runners. Of the eight entered in the Stars and Stripes, all but projected favorite Silver Whistle are Breeders’ Cup eligible.
Earlier this year, Silver Whistle, a son of Alphabet Soup, was up in the final strides to win the Grade III Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park on April 1. Like the Stars and Stripes, the Pan American is contested at the 12-furlong distance. A winner of three of 10 starts, Silver Whistle is trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott and will be ridden for the first time by Robby Albarado. Silver Whistle has been assigned 116 pounds by Arlington Park Racing Secretary Kevin Greely.
Also exiting the Manhattan is Trillium Stable’s Dreadnaught. A son of Lac Ouimet, Dreadnaught has won six of 26 races and has career earnings approaching a half a million dollars. Though winless in three starts this year, he was second, beaten only a head by Better Talk Now in the Grade II Dixie Stakes at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard May 20. The Thomas Voss-trained gelding is a graded stakes winner at the mile and half distance, capturing Calder’s Grade II W. L. McKnight Handicap in 2004. Dreadnaught is highweighted at 118 pounds for Sunday’s headliner and will have the riding services of Jean-Luc Samyn.
Slated to face the top pair Sunday are (with jockeys and weight assignments are): Frank F. Jedlicki’s Dontbotherknocking (Quincy Hamilton, 115 pounds); Nancy Vanier & Charles Nuckols Jr.’s Come On Jazz (Francisco Torres, 112); Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey’s Watershed Event (Chris Emigh, 113); Gene Voss & Mrs. S. K. Johnston Jr.’s Ascertain (Brian Hernandez Jr., 115); Xeuno Stable LLC’s Dynalympic (James Graham, 114); and James Messineo’s Major Rhythm (Earlie Fires, 114).
Of these, Dynalympic shows a win at the Stars and Stripes distance, capturing a third-level allowance race at Keeneland in April. The son of Dynaformer is trained by Tom Amoss, who has thrice won the Stars and Stripes, taking the 1994 running with Marastani, the 1997 renewal with Lakeshore Road and the 2000 edition with Williams News.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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