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Arlington Park Stakes advance

Contact: David Zenner (847) 385-7535


In-foal champion Caressing also among horses to beat in Grade III race

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 6, 2002) -- Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold, highweighted at 116 pounds, and Carl F. Pollard's Caressing, champion 2-year-old filly in 2000, will be the likely favorites for Saturday's $150,000-added Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares, at Arlington Park.

The Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, the kickoff event on Arlington Park's $6.3 million, 38-race stakes slate, will share the spotlight with the simulcast of the Grade I Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park on Arlington's 11-race card. In addition, the first 10,000 paid admissions to Arlington on Saturday will receive special edition, commemorative 75th anniversary calendars.

A daughter of champion Gilded Time, Mandy's Gold has won half of her 10 lifetime trips to the post. Most recently, the 4-year-old filly was a front-running victress as the 6-5 betting choice in the $75,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park. As a 3-year-old, the Michael Gorham trainee crossed the line first in each of her first five races but was disqualified from the victory in the Grade III Comely at Aqueduct and placed second for interference to Two Item Limit. Following the Comely, she didn't race again until January of this year when she finished third in the Grade III The First Lady Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Rene Douglas has the mount.

Caressing, who won the Grade III Singapore Plate over this oval last year, makes her first start since getting in foal to 2000 Kentucky Derby hero Fusaichi Pegasus. As a 2-year-old Caressing ran second in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie before going on to capture the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs en route to being named Eclipse-Award winning 2-year-old filly. In two starts this year, the David Vance-trained 4-year-old finished fourth in the Grade III Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Handicap in her seasonal bow and ran third in the $75,000 Bayakoa Stakes at the Hot Springs, Arkansas racetrack. Chris Emigh will ride.

Slated to face the top pair (in alphabetical order with riders and weight assignment) are: Richard L. Duchossois' Applesolutely (C. H. Marquez Jr., 111 pounds); Darby Dan Farm Ltd.'s Cat and the Hat (Eusebio Razo Jr., 114); Louie J. Roussel III's Extended View (Randall Meier, 115): R. T. M. Racing Ltd.'s Faccia Bella (Carlos Silva, 112); and My Jo Lee Stable's Soul Onarazorsedge (Ray Sibille, 113).

Of these, Cat and the Hat, trained by Carl Nafzger, and Extended View, a Louie J. Roussel III trainee, both come in on two-race win skeins. The former, by Storm Cat, captured a pair of Kentucky allowance races including a third-level race at Churchill Downs in her last start on May 22. The latter, a daughter of Allen's Prospect, has done her recent bidding locally winning once each at Sportsman's Park and Hawthorne.

Soul Onarazorsedge, a one-eyed daughter of Carson City, comes into the race off a third-place effort in the $50,000 Prairie Rose at Prairie Meadows in Iowa. Previously, the Eugene Brajczewski Jr.-trained miss won a money allowance race at Sportsman's Park.

Faccia Bella, an Illinois-foaled daughter of Dixie Brass, ran fifth behind Extended View at Hawthorne on May 17, but won a money allowance race at Sportsman's Park in her previous start on April 28.

Applesolutely is making her second start of 2002 in the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap. The homebred daughter of Triple Crown hero Affirmed has made only two starts on the dirt in her 11-race career with her best finish being a third in money allowance company over this oval last year.

Arlington Park, host of the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 26 and Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run a 107-day meet in 2002 from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, Oct. 27. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Quad City Downs (East Moline), Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.

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