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SIX 2007 ARLINGTON STAKES WINNERS INCLUDED ON LIST OF BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTERED HORSES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 18, 2007) – Arlington Park again proved to be a stepping-stone for the Breeders' Cup World Championships with six 2007 stakes winners, four other Arlington Park ’07 participants and four additional horses who raced at Arlington in past seasons (including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion and this year’s Kentucky Derby victor Street Sense who will be one of the favorites in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge) listed among the 141 horses pre-entered for this year's event.
Leading the way among 2007 Arlington stakes winners pre-entered in the Breeders’ Cup is Shamdinan, who earned a berth into the $3 million John Deere Breeders’ Cup by virtue of winning the Grade I Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 11. The Secretariat was part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” format, which automatically places the winners of the 24 stakes at six of the nation’s premier racetracks including Arlington Park into a corresponding divisional race.
Joining Shamdinan in the Turf is Sunriver, fourth-place finisher in this year’s Million; past Arlington Million participants English Channel and Better Talk Now; and the mare Honey Ryder, who ran sixth in the ’07 Beverly D. and is also entered in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity hero Wicked Style is prominent among the nominees for the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after winning the Grade I Lane’s End Futurity in his most recent start.
Also pre-entered in the Juvenile is Texas Fever, winner of the Grade III Kentucky Cup Juvenile last time out, after breaking his maiden here in August. Texas Fever is also pre-entered in the newly created $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Three 2007 Arlington stakes winners – Cosmonaut, Purim and Lewis Michael – have been pre-entered in the $2 million NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Cosmonaut captured the last two editions of the Grade III Arlington Handicap while Purim has won stakes in each of the last three seasons at Arlington, taking the Grade III Arlington Classic in 2005, the 2006 $100,000 Illinois Owners Stakes and this year’s $47,000 John Henry Stakes on closing day Sept. 16.
Lewis Michael, more likely to start in the brand new $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, won the Grade II Washington Park Handicap here on July 28. The 4-year-old colt is a full brother to last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies victress Dreaming of Anna.
The remaining local stakes winner pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup is In Summation, who dead heated with Piratesonthelake for the victory in the $150,000 Arlington Sprint on Aug. 25. Also pre-entered in the Sprint is Kelly’s Landing, who ran in the ’06 edition of the local Sprint.
The other 2007 Arlington participant pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup is Lahudood, who finished seventh in the Beverly D.
In addition, Arlington-based jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. is slated to ride the locally trained Miss Macy Sue, who was stabled at Arlington much of the summer.
The newly expanded 11-race Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's richest program with $23 million in total purses, will be held for the first time over two days, Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., and will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its network of Trackside OTB facilities.
On Friday, first post at Monmouth is 11:30 a.m. with the first of three Breeders’ Cup races slated to go to the post at 3:25 p.m. Illinois Thoroughbred racing at Hawthorne will start at 1:35 p.m. The following day’s action from Monmouth begins at 10 a.m. and the first of eight Breeders’ Cup events will head to the gate at 11:30 a.m. while the first local race from Hawthorne is set for 12:35 p.m.
Arlington Park will open its Million Room restaurant for a special Breeders’ Cup package on Saturday, Oct. 27. For $45-$48, fans will get a package that includes admission, program, a continental breakfast and a special lunch buffet featuring chef-carved herb rubbed roast beef, chicken chasseur, penne pasta, a BLT salad and a dessert bar. Reservations are required for this package and can be secured by calling (847) 870-6943 or by faxing the application form, available online at www.arlingtonpark.com, to (847) 385-7252.
Trackside Arlington Park, located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road, will open for wagering at 7 a.m. that day; Trackside Chicago will open at 8:30 a.m.; Trackside locations in East Moline, Rockford, Waukegan, McHenry, South Beloit, Lockport, South Elgin and the new location in Homewood will open their doors at 9 a.m. Each location will offer food and beverage specials throughout the day.
For the first time in 2007, Arlington Park will offer Drive Up Early Bird Wagering on Saturday, Oct. 27. Fans may drive up and park right at the track’s Grandstand entrance (enter Wilke Road gate) to wager from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup will begin at noon on Thursday, Oct. 24, at all Illinois Trackside OTB locations.
Fans looking for additional insight into the Breeders’ Cup can a free handicapping seminar featuring Daily Herald handicapper and Arlington Park odds maker Joe Kristufek, horse racing expert Steve Leving and trainer Larry Rivelli at Trackside Arlington Park on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Leving and Rivelli will host the seminar from Trackside, while Kristufek will participate from Monmouth Park where he is covering this year’s Breeders’ Cup. The seminar will explore wagering and handicapping strategies in an interactive format.
Attendees are encouraged to participate by asking questions and expressing their opinions. All participants will receive the Daily Racing Form’s Breeders’ Cup Special Advance Edition.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 97-day meet in 2008 from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, Sept. 21. 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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