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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington-Washington BC Lassie (G3) &
Arlington-Washington BC Futurity (G3)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 8, 2006) – Two-year-olds of both sexes are featured on Sunday in a pair of Grade III races at Arlington Park. The $200,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Futurity for the boys and the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Lassie for fillies highlight the meet’s final weekend. Each of the one-mile races carries $50,000 in purse money from the Breeders’Cup Fund for horses nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program.

Graded stakes-placed Shermanesque and stakes winners Officer Rocket and Speedway are prominent among the 11 colts and geldings slated to run in the Futurity, which goes as race nine on the 10-race card.

Shermanesque, owned by Willmott Stables Inc., is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Futurity off successive in-the-money finishes in graded stakes competition. In his most recent start, the Tony Reinstedler-trained son of Fusaichi Pegasus finished third in the Grade II Saratoga Special Breeders’ Cup at the upstate New York track. Prior to that, the bay colt finished second in the Grade III Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs. Shaun Bridgmohan has been named to ride.

Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc.’s Officer Rocket comes into the Futurity off a pair of visually impressive wins over this oval. The son of Officer broke his maiden by 5 ½ lengths going six furlongs here July 30 and came back three weeks later to score a 13-length victory in the $41,750 Spectacular Bid Stakes at seven furlongs. Mark Guidry, who was aboard for the maiden tally, has a return call Sunday.

Stonerside Stable LLC’s Speedway rallied from off the pace to win the $85,000 Mountaineer Juvenile at that West Virginia oval Aug. 6 after breaking his maiden two months earlier at Churchill Downs. The Bernie Flint-trained son of Forest Wildcat will have the services of Arlington Park’s leading jockey Chris Emigh.

The remainder of the field for the Futurity (with jockey listed) consists of: Silverton Hill LLC’s Dominican (Eddie Martin Jr.); K. K. & V. D. Jayaraman’s Irish Dreamer (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Sam Delaney & Landson Robbins’ Trick N Skip (James Graham); OFER Stables LLC’s Morada Key (Francisco Torres); Martin L. Cherry’s Lightning Larry (Jesus Castanon); Michael Harrison’s Tillman’s Legend (Larry Melancon); Jim Tafel LLC's Street Sense (Calvin Borel); and Zayat Stables LLC’s Got the Last Laugh (Rene Douglas).

Change Up and Dreaming of Anna are the top two choices at odds of 2-1 and 5-2 respectively in the Lassie, which will be run as the day’s seventh race.

A daughter of Distorted Humor, Change Up carries a two-race win streak into the Lassie. In her last start Aug. 6, the Steve Flint-trained filly drew off to capture the $85,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies by 4 ½ lengths. Previously, the chestnut filly broke her maiden by six lengths June 10 at Churchill Downs. Jesus Castanon has the call.

Locally based Dreaming of Anna, who races in the colors of Arlington Park’s perennial leading owner Frank C. Calabrese, returns to her homebase and to the main track after winning the grassy $60,000 Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs July 29 to keep her perfect record intact. In her only local start, the Wayne Catalano-trained daughter of Rahy broke her maiden in a 4 ½-furlong main track dash in May. Rene Douglas picks up the mount.

Others likely to receive support at the betting windows include Team Victory’s Sea the Joy and Iron Horse Racing LLC’s Lenaro, the one-two finishers in the $42,125 Top Flight Stakes here Aug. 20. Chris Emigh rides Sea the Joy while Francisco Torres has been named to guide Lenaro.

Completing the field for the Lassie (with jockey listed) are: Oak Crest Farm LLC’s Sutra (Shaun Bridgmohan); Larry D. Bielfeldt’s Lisa M (C. H. Marquez Jr.); Larry Lehmann & Blazing Meadows Farm’s Littlebitabling (Irwin Rosendo); Silverton Hill LLC’s Natalicat (Eddie Martin Jr.); Alliance Racing’s Nola Star (Mark Guidry); and Dolphus Morrison’s Call the Kitty (Eusebio Razo Jr.).

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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