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FORT PRADO SEEKS SEA O’ERIN BC MILE REPEAT
Illinois-Bred on Four-Race Win Skein
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 3, 2006) – Team Block’s Fort Prado looks for his second straight victory in the $150,000 Sea o’Erin Breeders’ Cup Mile and his fifth win in as many starts this season when he heads to post as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s renewal of the one mile turf test at Arlington Park.
A 5-year-old son of El Prado, Fort Prado has not tasted defeat since finishing second in the $75,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap during the Fair Grounds at Louisiana Downs meeting last December. Since then, the Chris Block-trained horse has captured the Grade III Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup in Louisiana, the $125,000 Tampa Bay Breeders’ Cup in Florida, the Grade III John B. Connelly Breeders’ Cup in Texas and the $86,400 Black Tie Affair Handicap against state breds over this course in June. Robby Albarado, who has been aboard Fort Prado in three of his last four starts, will make up most of the 121-pound impost assigned by racing secretary Kevin Greely.
Sharing top impost of 121 pounds for the Sea o’Erin is William Scott’s Le Cinquieme Essai, an invader from north of the border in Canada where the son of Fastness ran second in the Grade II King Edward Breeders’ Cup at Woodbine Race Course. Earlier this year at that same suburban Toronto oval, the 7-year-old gelding was second in the Grade III Connaught Cup and last year finished third in the Grade I Atto Mile over that same course. The Paul Nielsen-trained 7-year-old faced off against Fort Prado last year, bettering that rival who was compromised by a poor trip in the Grade II Play The King Stakes. Steven Baehn has the mount.
Slated to face off against the highweighted duo (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Charles R. Patton’s Therecomesatiger (Mark Guidry, 116 pounds); Wexler Racing Stables Inc.’s Kid Grindstone (Jesse Campbell, 117); James Messineo’s Major Rhythm (Earlie Fires, 115); Richard S. Kaster & Richland Hills Inc.’s Cougar Cat (Francisco Torres, 113); and Dolphus Morrison’s Rapid Proof (Larry Sterling Jr., 114).
Therecomesatiger enters Saturday’s headliner off a third-place finish in the Grade II Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs on July 1. The Tom Proctor-trained son of Tiger Ridge is two for three over the Arlington Park turf course.
Kid Grindstone makes a return to the grass after winning his last two starts over dirt surfaces. Last time out, the Mike Campbell trainee captured the $41,625 Dr. Fager Stakes here. Previously, the son of Grindstone took the Grade III Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
Major Rhythm turns back in distance after getting up in the final strides to win the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders’ Cup Turf at a mile and a half on July 2.
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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