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|Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Washington Park Handicap (GII)
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A. P. ARROW, LEWIS MICHAEL TOP GRADE II WASHINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 26, 2007) – Allen E. Paulson Living Trust’s A. P. Arrow and Frank C. Calabrese’s Lewis Michael top a field of eight entered for Saturday’s $300,000 Washington Park Handicap. The Grade II, mile and three-sixteenths race is Arlington’s richest, most prestigious main track race and will be contested for the first time over Arlington’s state-of-the-art Polytrack.
A son of A. P. Indy, A. P. Arrow comes in off a sixth-place finish in the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup at that Southern California racetrack. Earlier this year, the Todd Pletcher charge captured the Grade III Skip Away Handicap at Gulfstream Park after previously finishing third in both the Grade I Donn Handicap and the Grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap. Jockey Mark Guidry will make up most of the 117 pounds assigned to the 2-1 morning line favorite who will start from post position No. 4.
Lewis Michael, who starts from post two, will be starting highweight in the race at 118 pounds. The son of Rahy, a full brother to Eclipse Award winning filly Dreaming of Anna, wheels back on less than two weeks rest after crushing a good allowance field over a mile on Arlington’s Polytrack. In his start before that, he was upset as the 6-5 favorite by 80-1 outsider Spotsgone in the Grade III Hanshin Cup over this track. E. T. Baird, who was aboard Dreaming of Anna for her victory last week in the $200,000 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs, will ride Lewis Michael for the first time Saturday.
Slated to face the top duo from the rail out (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Tomisue Hilbert & John Menard’s Save Big Money (Corey Lanerie, 113 pounds); Dixiana Stables Inc.’s High Blues (Larry Sterling Jr., 113); Starlight Stable LLC, Donald Lucarelli & Paul Saylor’s Throng (Kerwin John, 114); Stuart Janney III’s Minister’s Joy (Rene Douglas, 116); Shadwell Stable’s Mustanfar (Jesse Campbell, 116); and Cathy & Bob Zollars’ Real Dandy (Chris Emigh, 114).
Of these, Throng enters off a game, neck victory in the $46,800 Dr. Fager Stakes, the nine-furlong local prep for the Washington Park, while Minister’s Joy was second beaten only a nose in the Grade III Ben Ali Stakes over Keeneland’s Polytrack in April.
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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