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DREAMING OF LIZ GIVES TEAM CALABRESE GRADED STAKES DOUBLE
Filly Captures Arlington-Washington Lassie in Front-Stepping Fashion
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 8, 2007) – Barely thirty minutes after winning the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes with champion Dreaming of Anna, Team Calabrese was back in the winner’s circle following a front-running 2 ½-length victory by Dreaming of Liz in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.
The Frank Calabrese homebred daughter of El Prado is out of 1997 Lassie victress Silver Maiden. Trained by Wayne Catalano and ridden by E. T. Baird, Dreaming of Liz covered the mile over Polytrack in 1:37.08.
In a near carbon copy of Dreaming of Anna’s score in the Pucker Up, Dreaming of Liz broke from the outside and quickly made her way to the rail. She led throughout, posting fractions of :23.40, :46.45, 1:11.52 and 1:24.22.
“She broke really sharp,” said Baird. “The last time she stumbled a bit, but today she got away really clean. She ran really comfortable out there. She just ends up on the lead because she’s there. I think I could place her anywhere. She’s just so comfortable.”
When asked if he was pointing Dreaming of Liz to the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27, a race he won last year with Dreaming of Anna, Calabrese was noncommittal but appeared to be leaning in that direction.
“We don’t know yet (about whether she’ll go to the Breeders’ Cup),” he said, adding, “Probably - I’m hoping.”
The win was the second in three starts, all at Arlington, for Dreaming of Liz, who earned $86,400 to move into six figures at $104,880.
Rasierra, a 50-1 outsider, finished second in the 11-horse field, followed by 28-1 longshot Minewander.
“She ran a big race,” said jockey Jamie Theriot, who rode the runner-up. “Turning for home, I really thought I had a chance to win it. I had a lot of horse under me – she just suffered from a little lack of experience.”
Love Buzz, Honest to Betsy, Startswampindowski, Pretty Persuasion, Wonderful Luck, Pegasus Prospect, Eat Pie and La Wildcat completed the order of finish.
Sent off at odds of 3-2, Dreaming of Liz paid $5, $3.80 and $3.20. Rasierra returned $35.60 and $14.40. Minewander paid $11.20.
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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