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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington Classic (Grade III)

Contact: David Zenner


1 1/16-Mile Turf Race Kicks Off Arlington’s Mid-America Triple

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 21, 2007) – Hall-of-Fame trainer Bill Mott has saddled three Arlington Classic winners in his career and he looks to add to that total when he sends out Preferred Pals’ Vaunt in this year’s renewal, which is presented by Woodford Reserve and carries a purse of $150,000.

The Grade III race for 3-year-olds will be run at a mile and a sixteenth over Arlington’s world famous turf course and serves as the first leg of the track’s Mid-America Triple. The series continues with the Grade II $250,000 American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s, on July 21 and concludes with the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 11.

Mott, whose previous victors in the Classic came with Mott & Verchota’s Trail City in 1996, Centennial Farms’ King Cugat in 2000 and Gary & Mary West’s Baptize the following year, sends this year’s morning-line favorite who enters off a second-place finish in the $76,000 Harry Henson Stakes at Hollywood Park when trained by Dan Hendricks. Winless in four starts this year, the son of Averti will be ridden Saturday by Robby Albarado.

Graded stakes placed Starbase, who races in the colors of Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack, ran second in the Grade II Lexington Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack but weakened last time out in the Grade II Ohio Derby at Thistledown. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Tale of the Cat has made just one start on turf, finishing last of eight in his career debut at Saratoga last July. Eusebio Razo Jr. has the mount Saturday.

Cathy & Bob Zollars’ Beta Capo comes into Saturday’s Classic off a third-place finish in the Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes at Lone Star Park May 28 after winning that race’s prep, the $60,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, the previous month. Chris Emigh, who was aboard the Steve Asmussen-trained son of Langfuhr when he broke his maiden here last September, has a return call Saturday.

Others in the field include local stakes winners George Smith & John Royer’s Tom Archdeacon, who captured the Awad Stakes on May 28; and Richard H. Glantz’ Pirate Saint, hero of the opening day Shecky Greene Stakes. Larry Sterling Jr. rides Tom Archdeacon while Jose Ferrer has the assignment aboard Pirate Saint.

Completing the field for the Classic (with riders listed) are: Edward P. Evans’ Pleasant Strike (Rene Douglas); Barry Butzow’s Lovango (Seth Martinez); Richard J. Giacopelli & Fab Oak Stable’s Quasicobra (Julien Leparoux); and Jeffrey & Joanne Richard’s Riverside Rascal (Shane Laviolette).

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 94-day meet in 2007 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates nine off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry and The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at

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