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STREAM CAT SLIGHT FAVORITE IN GRADE II AMERICAN DERBY
Overflow Field in Second Leg of Mid-America Triple
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 20, 2006) -- Fab Oak Stable and Team Derby Dreams Stable’s Stream Cat has been installed as the lukewarm 9-2 morning line favorite in a field of 14 3-year-olds entered for Saturday’s $250,000 American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s.
The Grade II race, at a mile and three-sixteenths on the turf, is the second leg of the Mid-America Triple that began with the Grade III Arlington Classic, presented by Woodford Reserve at a mile and a sixteenth on July 1 and concludes with the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 12. The American Derby is also one of three graded stakes races on turf that comprise Arlington's Million Preview Day that also includes the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap for older runners and the Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap for fillies and mares.
A son of Black Minnaloushe, Stream Cat comes into Saturday’s race off a disappointing sixth-place finish in the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup in Virginia last month. Previously, the Patrick Biancone-trained sophomore captured the Grade III Crown Royal American Turf at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day and the $150,000 USA Stakes at Lone Star Park on May 29. Julien Leparoux, the nation’s leading rider in races won, has a return call aboard Stream Cat.
Arlington Classic winner Kingship, owned by Oxbow Racing LLC, looks to keep his bid to become the first horse since Honor Glide in 1997 to sweep the Mid-America Triple. The Ronny Werner-trained son of King Cugat held on to win the Triple’s first leg earlier this month after easily breaking his maiden over the Churchill turf course in June. Robby Albarado has the mount.
Dermot Weld, Ireland’s all-time leading trainer and a three-time winner of the American Derby, sends Dr. Ronan Lambe’s Golden Arrow to Arlington from his Irish base. The son of Danehill, who will be making his United States debut in the American Derby, has been competitive in group stakes competition across the Atlantic and in his last start closed well to finish fourth in the listed NetJets Celebration Stakes at The Curragh. His regular jockey, Irish riding star Patrick Smullen, will be in the saddle on Saturday.
Others in the field for the American Derby (with jockeys listed) include: Edgewood Farm’s Tahoe Warrior (Rene Douglas), second in the Grade II Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs in June; Mike McCarthy’s Storm Treasure (Shaun Bridgmohan), third in the Jefferson Cup and sixth in the Arlington Classic; Klaravich Stable LLC’s Outperformance (Francisco Torres), winner of the Grade III Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9; and WinStar Farm LLC’s Union Avenue (Larry Melancon), winner of a restricted stakes at Colonial Downs last out on June 17.
Also entered are Sarah Lyn Stable LLC’s Murch (James Graham), a winner on the grass two starts back; Live Oak Plantation’s Can’t Beat It (Eddie Castro), who captured the $60,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park in February; La Bahia Stud Inc.’s Niagara Causeway (Chris Emigh), second in the Grade III Cinema Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park last month; G Five Stable LLC’s Icy Ridge (Larry Sterling Jr.), a winner over the Hollywood turf in June; David Sofer’s Amigoni (Todd Kabel), a Group III stakes winner in Ireland as a 2-year-old; Jerry D. Lee’s Desert Wheat (Jose Santos), second in the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park in April; and Stonerside Stable LLC’s Charley Tango, winner of the $50,000 Come Summer Stakes at Canterbury Park on June 17.
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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