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C. S. SILK CHOICE IN ARLINGTON OAKS
Lassie Victress Seeks Second Arlington Stakes ScoreARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 15, 2009) – Pacella, Bonomo and Barbara’s C. S. Silk, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie here last September, returns to the site of her biggest victory when she heads to post as the likely choice in a field of seven sophomore fillies entered for Saturday’s Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks.
Carded as the ninth of 10 races Saturday, the mile and an eighth Oaks includes $50,000 in purse money from the Breeders’ Cup Fund for eligible horses.
A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, C. S. Silk comes into the Oaks off a winning effort in a second-level allowance race over the Churchill Downs turf course. The mile and sixteenth race was the first victory for the Dale Romans charge since she captured the Lassie over Arlington’s Polytrack last summer. A winner of three of nine starts for earnings of $263,907, C. S. Silk will be reunited with jockey Robby Albarado Saturday. Albarado was aboard for her Lassie score and was her regular rider for most of her 2-year-old campaign.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Perfect for You invades from Kentucky after posting a third-place finish in the Grade III Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 30. Previously, the Rusty Arnold-trained daughter of Giant’s Causeway rallied to win a first-level allowance race in the slop at the Twin Spires oval. Miguel Mena gets the riding assignment Saturday.
Robert Zoellner’s Peach Brew returns to her Arlington Park base after running third in the Grade III Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows last month. The Donnie K. Von Hemel-trained daughter of Milwaukee Brew previously ran seventh in the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas on turf and before that second in the $57,200 Double Delta Stakes on Polytrack. Her regular rider Quincy Hamilton gets a return call Saturday.
Von Hemel also sends Pin Oak Stable’s Always in My Heart postward for the Oaks after two straight Polytrack victories – a maiden score at Turfway Park in March and first-level allowance tally here last month. Jesse Campbell has been named to ride the daughter of Hennessy.
Completing the field for the Arlington Oaks (with jockey) are: Nelson McMakin’s Hot Cha Cha (Fernando Jara); Silverton Hill’s Excelente (E. T. Baird); and Jerry Jamgotchian’s Sweet and Flawless (Junior Alvarado).
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 98-day meet in 2009 from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 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, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online www.arlingtonpark.com.
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