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FORT PRADO, TOASTED HEADLINE SATURDAY’S $100,000 RUSSELL L. REINEMAN ILLINOIS OWNERS STAKES
Graded Stakes Winners Top Illinois-Owned Restricted Race
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 3, 2007) – Team Block’s Fort Prado and Sidney L. Port Trust’s Toasted, both graded stakes winners over the Arlington Park turf, top a field of six horses entered for Saturday’s $100,000 Russell L. Reineman Illinois Owners Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.
The Reineman, restricted to horses where at least 51% of the horse’s recorded ownership is registered to an owner whose Illinois Racing Board license registration reflects an address in the state of Illinois, is the on-track highlight of the Saturday card, which also includes wagering on the Grade I Kentucky Derby, presented by Yum! Brands.
Fort Prado, the 2006 Illinois Horse of the Year, is in search of his first victory in 2007. In his most recent start, the 6-year-old son of El Prado ran fourth beaten only two lengths in the Grade III John C. Connally Breeders’ Cup at Sam Houston Race Park last month. In two other trips to the post this year, the Chris Block charge finished fifth as the favorite in the Grade III Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup Handicap and second beaten only a head in the $100,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Stakes in New Orleans. Installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite, Fort Prado is a six-time victor at Arlington and will be ridden Saturday by Eusebio Razo Jr.
Toasted makes his first trip to Arlington Park since the summer of 2004 when as a 3-year-old he captured the Grade II Arlington Classic and ran third in the Grade II American Derby. The one-time European runner has spent most of his stateside career in California with trainer Laura de Seroux, who retired earlier this year. Now trained by Jeff Ford, Toasted is looking for his first win since March 2006 but he has been competitive against tougher company on the West Coast. Four-time Arlington Park riding champion Rene Douglas reunites with Toasted for Saturday’s headliner.
Slated to face the top pair in the Reineman are: Wexler Racing Stables Inc.’s Kid Grindstone (Jesse Campbell); Scarlet Stable’s Le Jester (Timothy Thornton); J. David Banks and Hondo Ranch Inc.’s Lord Carmen (Chris Emigh); and James Messineo’s Major Rhythm (Earlie Fires).
Of these, Kid Grindstone and Major Rhythm are both graded stakes winners. The former, a Mike Campbell-trained son of Grindstone, won the Grade III Fifth Season Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Oaklawn Park in 2006 while the latter, a son of Rhythm trained by Ed Beam, took top honors in the Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders’ Cup Turf over this course last July.
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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