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Contact: David Zenner
TEN SOPHOMORES VIE FOR ROUND TABLE PRIZE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 13, 2006) -- A field of 10 up-and-coming 3-year-olds, including Padua Stables’ Admiral’s Arch, passed the entry box for Saturday’s $150,000 Round Table Breeders’ Cup Stakes. The nine-furlong main track affair includes $50,000 in purse enhancements from the Breeders’ Cup Fund for eligible horses.
A son of High Yield, Admiral’s Arch comes into Saturday’s headliner off two graded stakes attempts, a third-place finish in the Grade III Lone Star Derby in Texas in May and a fourth in the Grade III Northern Dancer Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs last month. Earlier this year, the dark bay or brown colt captured the $100,000 Northern Spur Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Scott Blasi, Admiral’s Arch will have the services of Arlington Park’s leading rider, Chris Emigh.
Though coming in to Saturday’s off a maiden victory, Carolyn Sue Bruder’s Bright One is sure to receive significant support at the betting windows. The Dance Brightly colt decimated his rivals over a mile at Churchill Downs last time out in registering a 9 ½-length tally. The Dale Romans trainee was dispatched as the 6-5 favorite in that race and he earned a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure of 101 for his effort. Mark Guidry comes in from Kentucky to ride.
Set to face the top pair (with jockeys listed) are: Hags Stable’s Casino Evil (Francisco Torres); Abruzzo, Carver & Swearingen’s Barely Union Scale (Eduardo Perez); Montesano Racing LLC’s Devilofarush (James Graham); Ike Thrash’s Chin High (Eddie Martin Jr.); Team Block’s Creative Force (C. H. Marquez Jr.); Dixiana Stable Inc.’s High Blues (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey’s Irish Majesty (Carlos Silva); and Nancy Vanier & Cartwright Thoroughbreds’ Tally Up (Larry Sterling Jr.).
Of these, High Blues won a first-level allowance race at this distance in his last trip to the post on June 9. Another son of High Yield, High Blues faced some tough competition this winter at Gulfstream Park, where he finished second in an allowance race to Sunriver, who went on to win the Grade II Peter Pan at Belmont Park, and later ran sixth behind eventual Kentucky Derby hero Barbaro in the Grade I Florida Derby.
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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