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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington Handicap

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 19, 2006) -- Joseph Allen’s Louve Royale, most recently a fast-closing third in the Grade III Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 17, will be the 117-pound starting highweight in a field of 10 turf distaffers assembled for Saturday’s $150,000 Modesty Handicap.

The Grade III race, the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D., which will be run here August 12, is contested at the Beverly D. distance of a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington's world renowned turf course. The Modesty Handicap is one of three six-figure stakes races on turf that comprise the track's Million Preview Day program that also includes the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap for older horses and the Grade II $250,000 American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s, for 3-year-olds.

An Irish-bred daughter of Peintre Celebre, Louve Royale made a nine-wide rally from 10th position to finish third in the mile and a sixteenth Mint Julep and should benefit from the added furlong of the Modesty. Earlier this year, the Patrick Biancone-trained mare finished second in the Grade III Bewitch Stakes over a mile and a half at Keeneland in April and won at that same 12-furlong distance when capturing the $70,000 Top Corsage Handicap at Churchill the following month. The 5-year-old mare will be ridden Saturday by Julien Leparoux, the nation’s leading rider in wins who will be making his Arlington Park debut Saturday.

Slated to line up to face Louve Royale are (with jockey and weight assignments): Arthur I. Appleton’s Atlantic Frost (Larry Sterling Jr., 114 pounds); S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer (Chris Emigh, 112); Katsumi Yoshida’s Cursora (Jose Santos, 115); Vinery Stable LLC’s Minge Cove (Shaun Bridgmohan, 112); Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm & the Estate of William Lydon’s Modjadji (Francisco Torres, 110); No. 1 Stable’s Pleasant Quality (James Graham, 109); Charles D. Miller’s Potra Clasica (Eddie Castro, 114); and the Richard L. Duchossois-owned coupling of Royal Copenhagen (Rene Douglas, 114) and Round Heels (Robby Albarado, 113).

Royal Copenhagen and Round Heels both invade from the Southern California homebase of trainer Laura de Seroux. The former, a 4-year-old daughter of Inchinor, captured the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes over this course as a 3-year-old last September but is winless in four starts this year. The latter, a 5-year-old Daggers Drawn mare, has made only two starts in this country after a six-win European campaign that included victories in Italy and France.

Florida-based Potra Clasica was awarded the victory in her most recent start, the $45,000 Liberada Stakes at Calder, following the disqualification of Baena in that Florida turf test. Prior to that, the Marty Wolfson-trained daughter of Potrillon captured the $150,000 Hollywood Wildcat Breeders’ Cup Handicap over that same course.

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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