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ILLINOIS HORSE OF THE YEAR ROLLING SEA HEADLINES PRAIRIE STATE FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS
Former Horse of the Year Fort Prado Also Nominated
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 13, 2008) Ė Eighty-two different horses, including Millenium Farmís Rolling Sea, reigning Illinois Horse of the Year, have been nominated to the six stakes races that comprise the June 21 Prairie State Festival. There are five horses that have been cross-nominated to multiple stakes races including one horse that was tri-nominated. Each of this yearís Prairie State Festival races have been increased in value by $25,000, bringing the purse of each race to $100,000 in added money.
The six races that make up the Prairie State Festival are:
Three of last yearís divisional champions in year-end balloting have been nominated to the 2007 Prairie State Festival. In addition to Rolling Sea, champion older filly or mare as well as Horse of the Year, they include Team Blockís Fort Prado, champion older male and champion turf male in 2007 as well as Horse of the Year in 2006, and Richard Rudolph & Michael Vranichís Magnetic Miss, last yearís champion 3-year-old filly.
Rolling Sea, who heads the 21 fillies and mares nominated to the Lincoln Heritage, was named Illinois Horse of the Year last year off a six-win campaign that included victories in the Grade II Distaff Handicap at Pimlico and Grade II Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs. In her 2008 debut, the Steve Asmussen charge showed a dislike for Polytrack and finished last of six in the $52,400 Your Ladyship Stakes on June 1.
Others nominated to the Lincoln Heritage include defending champion Triple C Thoroughbredsí Royal Leah and multiple state-bred stakes winner Letto Thoroughbreds, Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farmís Stop a Train.
Fort Prado is nominated to the Black Tie Affair Handicap in search of an unprecedented fourth straight victory in the turf test and fifth Prairie State Festival tally. Trained by the Festivalís all-time leading conditioner Chris Block, the 7-year-old son of El Prado is winless in five starts this year in open company but with the exception of his career debut in the fall of 2003, he has never lost when facing state-bred rivals.
The list of Black Tie Affair nominations also includes stakes winners Team Block & W. S. Farishís Corrupt and 2007 Springfield Stakes victor Nick Manatas & John Kerberís Gentleman Chester.
Magnetic Miss, winner of last yearís $84,800 Purple Violet Stakes, heads the list of 10 fillies and mares nominated to the Isaac Murphy Handicap. The Spanky Broussard-trained daughter of Artax won the Your Ladyship Stakes over this oval on June 1 in a prep for the Isaac Murphy.
Among the others nominated for the Isaac Murphy are Bob & Nancy Bartelsí Bluesbdancing, the 2006 Isaac Murphy heroine; defending champion Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farmís Modjadji; multiple stakes winner Pretty Jenny, who also races for Arbaway Farm & Carson Springs Farm; downstate stakes winner Button Down Racingís Sea Button; Team Blockís Secret Kin, winner of the $100,000 Governorís Lady Handicap at Hawthorne; and multiple stakes winner Dini, Strauman & Baraís Taylor Madison.
Defending champion S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnershipís High Expectations, winner of the $100,000 Chicagoland Handicap in April, is prominent among the nine older runners nominated to the White Oak Handicap.
Other nominees to the White Oak include: Asiel Stableís Caruso, the 2006 Illinois champion 2-year-old; Maggi Mossís Classic R. J., winner of this yearís $100,000 Land of Lincoln Stakes against state-bred sophomores at Hawthorne; and Arbaway Farm, Carson Springs Farm & David Campbellís Mighty Rule, hero of last fallís $100,000 Lightning Jet Handicap.
Maximum Six LLCís Silver Stairs, winner of back-to-back stakes races at Hawthorne in the spring, heads the list of 14 sophomore fillies nominated to the Purple Violet Stakes.
The tri-nominated Classic R. J. and multiple open company stakes winner Team Blockís Amazing Results are prominent among the 17 3-year-olds nominated to the Springfield Stakes.
Arlington Park Ė the Chicago areaís premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. Ė 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 Samís Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Luckyís featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolinoís 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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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