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Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Stars and Stripes Handicap (GIII)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 4, 2009) – Defending champion Silverfoot, owned by the Chrysalis Stables LLC of Stephanie Clark, will carry starting high weight of 118 pounds Monday when the 9-year-old gelding seeks a repeat score in the Grade III $125,000 Stars and Stripes Handicap on Labor Day Monday as part of Arlington Park’s Turf Showcase with nine of the day’s 10 races carded for the turf.

A son of With Approval, Silverfoot rallied from far back to post a two-length victory in last year’s renewal of the mile and a half turf race. Following the Stars and Stripes score, he made a late run and finished fourth in the Grade I Arlington Million and concluded his 2008 campaign earning minor awards in a pair of graded stakes in Kentucky.

In his 2009 seasonal debut, the Dallas Stewart charge showed his usual late kick and got up in time to win the $54,100 The Tin Man Stakes in June. In his most recent trip to the post, Silverfoot finished sixth but was beaten only 2 ¼ lengths for all of it in the Grade III Arlington Handicap on Million Preview Day July 11. Chris Emigh has the mount Saturday.

Just one pound back in the list of weights for the Stars and Stripes is Fred Bradley’s Brass Hat. The 8-year-old Prized gelding won the Grade III Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs in May and has since gone on to finish third in a pair of Grade I races – the United Nations at Monmouth and the Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga. Jon Court has been named to ride the William “Buff” Bradley trainee.

James Glenn and William Patterson’s Rumor Has It, who finished seventh in the 2008 Stars and Stripes, carries a two-race win streak into this year’s edition. The 8-year-old son of Awesome Again won the $52,500 Polar Expedition Stakes at a mile and three-quarters over Polytrack in June and the $54,200 Rossi Gold Stakes on Aug. 1. The David Hinsley charge has been assigned 116 pounds and will be ridden by Eduardo Perez, who was aboard the gelding in both the Polar Expedition and the Rossi Gold.

Completing the field for the Stars and Stripes are (with jockey and weight assignment): Thomas Fedro Sr. & Team Block’s Free Fighter (James Graham, 114 pounds); Frederick J. Seitz’s Guadalcanal (Florent Geroux, 114); and Carol Burkhart’s Caberneigh (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





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