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PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS RELEASED
Champions Original Spin and Mystery Giver Prominent
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 16, 2006) -- Eighty-seven different horses, including Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.’s Original Spin, 2005 Illinois Horse of the Year, and Team Block’s Mystery Giver, Illinois Horse of the Year in 2002 and 2004, have been nominated to the six stakes races that comprise the June 24 Prairie State Festival. There are five horses that have been cross-nominated to multiple stakes races.
The six $75,000 races that make up the Prairie State Festival are:
Six of last year’s divisional champions in year-end balloting have been nominated to the 2006 Prairie State Festival. In addition to Original Spin, champion 2-year-old filly as well as Horse of the Year, they include Team Block’s Fort Prado, champion Illinois-registered older male and turf male; Team Block’s Creative Force, champion Illinois 2-year-old male; Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm & the Estate of William Lydon’s Pretty Jenny, top Illinois 3-year-old filly of 2005; J. Denker & S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s High Expectations, Illinois 3-year-old male champion last year; and Crown’s Way Farm’s You Dancing Devil, champion Illinois turf female of 2005.
Original Spin was named Illinois Horse of the Year last year after winning two of three starts as a 2-year-old including the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Lassie. The Tony Mitchell-trained daughter of Distorted Humor later finished third in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park. Nominated to the Purple Violet Stakes, she is on the comeback trail after being eased in the Grade II Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park, her only start as a 3-year-old.
Others nominated to the Purple Violet include: Oxbow Racing LLC’s Rich Fantasy, winner of the $100,000 Showtime Deb Stakes at Hawthorne last November and the $49,600 Ribbon Handicap over this oval on May 13; and Millennium Farms’ Rolling Sea, heroine of the $100,000 Pat Whitworth Illinois Debutante Stakes at Hawthorne last December.
Mystery Giver, a multiple graded stakes winner also on the comeback trail after being injured in the 2004 Arlington Million, is one of 18 horses nominated to the Black Tie Affair Handicap. The son of Dynaformer has yet to show his past form in two starts since returning to action earlier this year.
His stablemate, Fort Prado, is the defending champion in the Black Tie Affair and would be the horse to beat should he start in the mile and a sixteenth grass race. Since taking last year’s renewal, the son of El Prado has won five stakes races on turf including three in a row topped by Grade III victories in the Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup Stakes in Louisiana and the John B. Connelly Breeders’ Cup at Sam Houston Race Park.
Pretty Jenny, winner of the $41,750 Fit For a Queen Stakes against open company distaffers in her last start and victress in last year’s $86,200 Purple Violet Stakes, is one of 11 fillies nominated to the Isaac Murphy Handicap. The Christine Janks-trained daughter of Pioneering is also nominated to the Lincoln Heritage Stakes.
Others nominated to the Isaac Murphy include Pretty Jenny’s stablemate Modadji, winner of the $41,750 Your Ladyship Stakes last time out; Bob & Nancy Bartels’ Bluesbdancing, who captured the $100,000 Governor’s Lady Handicap at Hawthorne in April; and the 3-year-old Dini, Strauss & Bara’s Taylor Madison, who took top honors in the $100,000 Lady Hallie Stakes at Hawthorne during the Spring.
You Dancing Devil joins defending champion Quarter B. Farm’s Beau Happy among the 18 turf specialists nominated to the Lincoln Heritage Handicap. Joining that tandem on the list of nominations is Hussar Racing Stables LLC’s Lighthouse Lil, winner of the 2004 Lincoln Heritage.
High Expectations, winner of last year’s $88,900 Springfield Stakes and more recently the $40,000 Zen Stakes, is one of 14 nominated to the White Oak Handicap. The son of Peaks and Valleys is trained by Christine Janks and is also nominated to the Black Tie Affair.
Others nominated to the White Oak include Eugene Young’s Silver Bid. The 8-year-old speedy gelding won the $100,000 Chicagoland Handicap at Hawthorne in April and most recently was third after stumbling at the start in the Zen.
Creative Force highlights the 17 sophomores nominated to the Springfield Stakes. The son of Red Ransom won the $100,000 Jim Edgar Illinois Futurity last December and captured a second-level open company turf allowance in his most recent trip to the post.
Other nominated to the Springfield include Abruzzo, Carver & Swearingen’s Barely Union Scale, who won the $100,000 Land of Lincoln Stakes at Hawthorne in April.
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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