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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Pucker Up Stakes (GIII)

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Eclipse Award Winning Filly Seeks Third Straight Grass Victory

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2007) – Frank C. Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old filly of 2006, seeks her third straight stakes win on grass when she heads an overflow field of 13 sophomore turf specialists entered for Saturday’s $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park.

The Pucker Up, a mile and an eighth race for 3-year-old fillies on the turf, is one of three Grade III races that comprise Arlington’s inaugural Ladies Day card that also includes the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie for 2-year-old fillies and the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap for older distaffers.

The locally based Dreaming of Anna won last year’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on the main track at Churchill Downs en route to being named champion 2-year-old filly, but the homebred daughter of Rahy is equally adept on the turf. She won the Grade III Summer Stakes at Woodbine last fall when prepping for the Juvenile Fillies, and took this year’s $200,000 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs in July. She owns a score over this course, capturing the $47,400 Double Delta Stakes in June. E. T. Baird rides the Wayne Catalano trainee.

Her prime competition could come from a couple of European invaders: Team Valor Stable LLC & Ed Weil’s Touch My Soul and Dominique Guindon’s Testama.

Touch My Soul invades from Germany where the French-bred daughter of Tiger Hill is a Group III stakes winner, having captured the Hamburger Stutenpreis in June. Trained by Peter Schiergen, who brought Soldier Hollow here to finish third in the 2006 Arlington Million, Touch My Soul will be ridden by four-time Arlington Park champion and current leading jockey Rene Douglas.

French-bred Testama makes her North American debut after winning the Prix de Bagatelle at Maisons-Laffitte in France July 28. The daughter of Testa Rossa is now trained by Christophe Clement and will be ridden Saturday by California-based jockey Corey Nakatani.

Others in the field include: G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Katerbug (James Graham) and Bruce Lunsford’s Bel Air Beauty (Mark Guidry), the one-two finishers in the $50,000 Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park July 28; Dinwidde Farm’s Pitamakan (Robby Albarado) and Craig Bernick’s You Go West Girl (Jamie Theriot), the top two finishers in the $47,900 Hatoof Stakes here; and WinStar Farm LLC’s West Coast Swing (Julien Leparoux), two-for-two at Arlington on Polytrack including a double-digit victory in an Aug. 5 allowance race.

Also, Iron County Farm’s Ciao (Chris Emigh), an allowance winner at Churchill Downs in June; Richard Shultz’s Lemonlime (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Henry Pabst’s Luna Dorada (Larry Melancon), runner-up in Churchill Downs’ grassy Edgewood Stakes on May 4; David Ross’s Our Dancing Babe (Jesse Campbell), an allowance winner at Colonial Downs in August; and Nancy Vanier & G. O. B. Racing Stable’s Ric Rac (Eduardo Perez), a winner over state-breds here in June.

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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