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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington-Washington Futurity (Grade III)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 10, 2008) – Joseph Rauch and David Zell’s Capt. Candyman Can has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade III $200,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity, the meet’s main event for 2-year-olds at one mile on Polytrack which drew a full field of 14 freshmen.

A son of the Argentine-bred stallion Candy Ride, Capt. Candyman Can enters the Futurity off just one start – an impressive 7 ½-length maiden score at Saratoga on August 13. Since that effort, the Ian Wilkes charge had a useful five-furlong drill over the synthetic surface at Sky Training Center in Kentucky on Sept. 7, getting the distance in 1:01 flat. He will be ridden Saturday by Julien Leparoux.

Two locally based runners – Richard Ravin & Larry Rivelli’s My Dominick James and WinStar Farm LLC’s Advice – could provide competition for the projected favorite.

My Dominick James is three-for-three with two stakes victories under his belt. The Illinois-bred son of Dance Master beat open rivals when breaking his maiden here June 8 and again when capturing the $50,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile on July 5. He returned to beat state-bred foes in the $50,000 Troy Our Boy Stakes at downstate Fairmount Park in his most recent trip to post. Trained by co-owner Rivelli, Tim Thornton gets the call.

Like Capt. Candyman Can, Advice has but a lone maiden win to his credit. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Chapel Royal scored by eight lengths in his debut over the Arlington oval on July 3. Five-time Arlington Park champion Rene Douglas has the mount.

Two others in the field – Adele B. Dilschneider’s Terrain and Stonerside Stable LLC’s Ready Racer – have stakes race experience. The former, an Al Stall Jr.-trained son Sky Mesa, won the $85,000 Mountaineer Park Juvenile at that West Virginia oval on August 2 while the latter, by More Than Ready and trained by Bernie Flint, finished second in the $50,000 James C. Ellis Juvenile at Ellis Park August 16. Jamie Theriot has been named to ride Terrain while Calvin Borel will pilot Ready Racer.

Completing the field for the Arlington-Washington Futurity (with riders) are: William Tippett’s Willie to To (Tanner Riggs); Bryton Racing LLC’s My Man Moran (James Graham); In His Favor Stable’s His Greatness (Alex Solis); John and David Kuehl, Dennis P. Hogan and Richland Hills, Inc.’s Malibu Maverick (Jose Ferrer) and Catalano Racing Stable Ltd.’s Jose Adan (Brandon Meier).

Also, Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Zion (E. T. Baird); Willowbrook Farm LLC’s Schleprock (Inez Karlsson); Virginia Tarra Trust’s Giant Oak (Junior Alvarado); and Stonetower Stable’s Investor (Chris Emigh).

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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