Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Arlington Oaks (G3)
Contact: David Zenner
TREASURED UP FAVORED IN GRADE III ARLINGTON OAKS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 18, 2012) – The Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks returns to the Arlington schedule on Saturday after a one-year absence and drew a well-matched field of eight sophomore distaffers.
Heading the field for the mile and an eighth Polytrack race is Spendthrift Farm’s Treasured Up, third in the Grade III Regret at Churchill Downs in her last start June 16. That $100,000 race was on turf as was her previous race, a fourth-place finish in the $150,000 Edgewood Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard. Prior to that, the Al Stall Jr.-trained daughter of Medaglia d’Oro won a first-level allowance over Keeneland’s Polytrack course. Miguel Mena picks up the mount Saturday.
Among those slated to face Treasured Up are the 1-2-3 finishers in the $66,400 Mariah’s Storm Stakes here last month – Feel the Thunder Stable, John Adger and Mike Stidham’s Lady Candidate; Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Ire; and Chasing Tables Stables’ Ann of the Dance.
In addition to her Mariah’s Storm score, the Stidham-trained Lady Candidate was an easy winner of a first-level allowance here on May 25 and is a perfect two-for-two on the year. James Graham has been named to ride.
Ire, also trained by Stall, finished second in the $66,400 Meafara Stakes here in addition to her runner-up finish in the Mariah’s Storm. The Political Force filly is a winner over Polytrack, breaking her maiden over Keeneland’s synthetic surface in April. Inosencio Diego gets the call.
Ann of the Dance, a two-time winner here in 2011, is looking for her first victory of the season in the Arlington Oaks. The Wayne Catalano-trained daughter of English Channel will be ridden by Diego Sanchez.
John Oxley’s Sky Dreamer invades from Canada for Saturday’s headliner off a 5 ¾-length tally in a first-level allowance over the Polytrack surface at Woodbine Race Course. Jermaine Bridgmohan is slated to ride the Sky Mesa filly trained by Mark Casse.
Hernandez Racing Club’s Illinois-bred La Tia comes into the race off a sparkling 8 ¼-length score in the $113,125 Purple Violet Stakes over state-bred rivals on Prairie State Festival Day June 16 to record her second straight victory over Arlington’s Polytrack after breaking her maiden by nine lengths on May 25. Constantino Roman will ride the Brian Williamson-trained daughter of City Place.
Completing the field for the Arlington Oaks are: Olympia Star’s Emona (Florent Geroux), third in both the Grade III Iowa Oaks and the Meafara; and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Annie Russell (Rosemary Homeister Jr.), third in an allowance race here June 15.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 90-day meet in 2012 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 12 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.