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ARLINGTON WELL REPRESENTED IN BREEDERS' CUP PRE-ENTRIES
Watch and Wager on the 17 2006 Arlington Graduates at Arlington Park or Trackside OTBs
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 25, 2006) – Arlington Park again proved to be a stepping-stone for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships with 17 horses who raced at Arlington Park during the 2006 season and four others who passed through Arlington Park previously listed among the 121 horses pre-entered for this year's event.
The eight-race Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's richest day with $20 million in total purses, will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its eight Trackside OTB facilities.
Arlington Park will open its Million Room restaurant for a special Breeders’ Cup package. For $40-$42, fans will get parking, admission, a program, a reserved seat in the Million Room, a continental breakfast served from 9:30 until 11 a.m. plus a lunch buffet featuring hand-carved beef briskets, an assortment of panini, gourmet salads and side dishes from Noon until 3 p.m. Desserts will be available from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Reservations are required for this package and can be secured by calling (847) 870-6943.
Trackside Arlington Park, located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road, will open for wagering at 7 a.m. that day; Trackside Quad City Downs will open at 8 a.m.; Trackside Chicago will open at 8:30 a.m.; Trackside locations in Rockford, Waukegan and South Elgin will open their doors at 9 a.m.; Trackside McHenry will open at 9:30; and Trackside South Beloit will open at 10 a.m. Each location will offer food and beverage specials throughout the day.
First post at Churchill Downs is 10:15 a.m. with the first Breeders’ Cup race slated to go to the post at 11:30 a.m. Illinois Thoroughbred racing at Hawthorne will start at 11:50 a.m.
Advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup will begin Friday, Nov. 3, at all Illinois Trackside OTB locations.
Fans looking to get a head start on their Breeders’ Cup handicapping can attend one of two free seminars to be held leading up to the championship day. Horseman and handicapper Billy Teinowitz will be hosting a session at Trackside Chicago on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., and the Daily Herald’s Joe Kristufek and horseman/handicapper Steve Leving will be hosts at Trackside Waukegan on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Both seminars will explore wagering and handicapping strategies in an interactive format. Attendees are encouraged to participate by asking questions and expressing their opinions.
All participants will receive the Daily Racing Form’s Breeders’ Cup Special Advance Edition and have an opportunity to win great prizes, including wagering vouchers for Breeders’ Cup Day.
Arlington-raced runners have been pre-entered in all eight of the Breeders' Cup races with the $3 million John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf having the largest Arlington contingent of five 2006 starters and one previous Arlington runner.
The 2006 Turf has attracted Arlington Million runner-up Cacique as well as Million contestants English Channel (fourth) and Better Talk Now (seventh); plus Rush Bay, fifth in the Arlington Handicap; and Silverfoot, second in the 2004 Stars and Stripes, among its 12 pre-entries. Honey Ryder, who ran fourth in this year’s Beverly D. has also been nominated to this year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf but has a first preference in the Filly & Mare Turf.
In addition to Honey Ryder, Gorella and Film Maker, the one-two finishers in this year’s Beverly D. appear on the list of 12 turf females pre-entered in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Suave, winner of this year’s Washington Park Handicap, is joined by two-time Washington Park hero Perfect Drift, who ran second in this year’s renewal, are prominent among the 15 horses pre-entered for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge, North America’s richest Thoroughbred race.
Beverly D. heroine Gorella is also pre-entered in the $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile and her connections have made the eight-furlong race against the boys their first preference. She is joined on the over-subscribed list of 18 horses by Secretariat Stakes runner-up Ivan Denisovich; the locally owned and trained Lewis Michael; and Miesque’s Approval, who was the runner-up in the 2003 Sea O’Erin Breeders’ Cup Mile. Neither Ivan Denisovich nor Lewis Michael were selected into the field and will need defections from the body of the race prior to final entries next Wednesday in order to start.
Sutra, beaten only a nose in the Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Lassie last month; and the locally owned and trained Dreaming of Anna, who broke her maiden here in May, are included on the list of 24 2-year-old fillies pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Got the Last Laugh, who dead-heated with Officer Rocket for the win in the Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Futurity in September; and Street Sense, who ran third in the same race after breaking his maiden here earlier in the summer, will carry the Arlington Park banner in the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Kelly’s Landing, sixth in this year’s Arlington Breeders’ Cup Sprint, is the only Arlington Park graduate listed in the body of the $1 million TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint while Lewis Michael, whose connections have chosen the Mile as their first preference, appears on the also-eligible list for the Sprint but would need two defections from the body of the race in order to start.
Sharp Lisa, seventh in this year’s Beverly D.; Happy Ticket, winner of the 2005 Arlington Breeders’ Cup Handicap; and Baghdaria, who made the first two starts of her career at Arlington in 2005, are the three Arlington Park starters among the 15 fillies and mares pre-entered in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – completed its 95-day meet in 2006 on 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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