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Contact: David Zenner
DOMINICAN RETURNS IN $100,000 ROUND TABLE STAKES
Grade I Blue Grass Winner Tops Field of Seven
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 12, 2007) – Silverton Hill LLC’s Dominican, who defeated eventual Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense when capturing the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April, makes his first start since finishing a troubled 11th in the Grade I Kentucky Derby when he heads to post as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Round Table Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park.
A son of El Corredor, Dominican returns to a Polytrack surface that should be to his liking. The sophomore gelding is three-for-three over synthetic surfaces and the deliberate similarities between the track at Keeneland and the one installed at Arlington should prove to be beneficial.
After taking the Blue Grass, Dominican lost all chance in the Run for the Roses when bumped with about a half-mile left in the race and was then kept wide while racing in tight quarters the rest of the way. Rafael Bejarano will once again guide the Darrin Miller trainee who will leave from the outside post in the field of seven 3-year-olds entered in the nine-furlong race.
Chief among those slated to face Dominican is Patricia Blass’ Prom Shoes. The son of Include finished a game second to Sightseeing in the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 20 but followed that effort with a troubled seventh-place run in the Grade III Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs in June. Chris Emigh picks up the mount aboard the “Jinks” Fires-trained colt.
Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher sends Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith’s Pavorotti for the Round Table. The son of A. P. Indy has won two of his last three starts including a wire-to-wire tally in allowance company at Churchill Downs on May 27. Arlington’s leading jockey Rene Douglas gets the call Saturday.
Prominent among the local contingent in Saturday’s headliner are Hugh Robertson & Regatta Stables’ Snowblind Friend and Darley Stable’s Mandurah. The former, a son of Langfuhr, rallied to take the $47,300 Native Dancer Stakes while the latter, by A. P. Indy, was an impressive front-stepping victor in a first-level allowance. Jesse Lantz has the mount on Snowblind Friend while Jesse Campbell gets the nod aboard Mandurah.
Completing the field for the Round Table are: Fab Oak Stable et. al.’s Time Squared (Julien Leparoux) and the race’s lone filly entrant, Richard Kaster, Frederick Wieting & Peter Hickey’s Dashes N Dots (Eduardo Perez).
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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