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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: American Derby (Grade II)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 9, 2008) – Michael Cooper & Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu, winner of consecutive graded turf stakes at Churchill Downs, invades from his Kentucky homebase as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $250,000 American Derby at Arlington Park.

The Grade II race, at a mile and three-sixteenths on the turf, is the second leg of the Mid-America Triple that began with the Arlington Classic at a mile and a sixteenth on May 24 and concludes with the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 9. The American Derby is also one of three graded stakes races on turf that comprise Arlington's Million Preview Day that also includes the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap for older runners and the Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap for fillies and mares.

Saturday’s card also features a $100,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool covering races nine through 12 and the guarantee is only valid should all carded turf races included in the Late Pick 4 sequence remain on the turf.

A son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Tiznow, Tizdejavu was a wire-to-wire winner of the Grade III Crown Royal American Turf on May 2, taking that mile and a sixteenth race by a neck. The following month, the Gregory Fox trainee employed similar tactics en route to a four-length tally in the Grade II Jefferson Cup Stakes. The bay colt picks up the services of Arlington’s leading rider Rene Douglas for the first time in the American Derby.

Listed as 3-1 second choice in the line is Robert Costigan’s Great War Eagle, runner-up in the Group III Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown in Ireland in his last start. The Storm Cat colt, trained by David Wachman, will be making his North American debut Saturday and will be ridden by California-based jockey Jose Valdivia Jr.

Leading the local contingent of horses for the American Derby are Frank Calabrese’s Prime Realestate (Earlie Fires) and Team Block’s Amazing Results (Miguel Mena). The former, a son of Prime Timber, was second in the Arlington Classic last time out, while the latter, by Grand Slam, beat fellow Illinois-breds in the $93,950 Springfield Stakes on June 21.

Completing the field for the American Derby are: Joseph Allen et. al.’s Blue Exit (Jesse Campbell); Barry Golden & Peter Callaghan’s Sr. Henry (Eddie Razo); Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Ablaze With Spirit (Shaun Bridgmohan); and Uptown Racing LLC’s Boss Lafitte (James Graham).

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 96-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 11 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, The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Rookies featuring Trackside OTB in Homewood and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at





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