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‘COYOTE’ SEEKS GOLD IN RICH ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY
Texas Invader Morning Line Favorite in Grade III Juvenile Test
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 30, 2007) – Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Gold Coyote, already a three-time winner, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity at one mile over Arlington’s Polytrack surface.
The $200,000 race, which includes $50,000 in purse money from the Breeders’ Cup Fund for eligible horses, serves as a Midwestern prep for the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27. Jim Tafel LLC’s Street Sense, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, this year’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and last week’s Travers Stakes at Saratoga, finished third in the 2006 Futurity.
A Texas-bred son of Gold Legend, Gold Coyote beat state-breds when breaking his maiden by 11 ¾ lengths at Lone Star Park in May and notched his first stakes victory when reporting home 10 lengths in front in the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes. Last time out, the Bret Calhoun charge wired open rivals by 5 ¾ lengths in the $55,000 Middleground Stakes at Lone Star in July.
Gold Coyote will be making his first start over a synthetic surface and his first try at the one-mile distance in the Futurity. He was shipped here last week to put in a five-furlong drill over the surface, getting the distance in 1:00 3/5 on Aug. 24. His regular rider Ramsey Zimmerman, a Chicago-area native, returns home to ride.
Zayat Stables LLC’s Riley Tucker, the 5-2 second choice in the morning line, comes in off a third-place finish in the Grade II Saratoga Special in New York last time out two weeks ago. Previously, the Bill Mott-trained son of Harlan’s Holiday was a six-length victor when breaking his maiden at first asking at Belmont Park July 20. Rene Douglas has been named to ride. Douglas, Mott and Zayat Stables combined to win last year’s Futurity with Got the Last Laugh, who dead-heated for the score with Officer Rocket.
Slated to face the top pair (with rider listed) are: Bob Zollars & Mark Wagner’s Celina Slew (James Graham); Stonerside Stable LLC’s Texas Wildcatter (Jesse Campbell); Vinery Stables’ T. J. Posse (Chris Emigh); Ashbrook Farm’s Wicked Style (Robby Albarado); Dream Walkin Farms Inc.’s Sebastian County (Larry Sterling Jr.); and Dogwood Stable’s Blackberry Road (Jesus Castanon).
Of these, only the Todd Pletcher-trained Texas Wildcatter has a win at a mile, breaking his maiden over that distance here Aug. 4 in his only start.
Three others are undefeated heading into the Futurity: T. J.’s Posse, a winner at both Churchill Downs and Colonial Downs; Wicked Style, victorious in his only start over the local oval; and Sebastian County, two-for-two at Arlington this summer.
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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