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Arlington Park Stakes advance

Contact: David Zenner (847) 385-7535

Stakes Advance: The Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (Grade III)


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 4, 2002) -- Grade I stakes winner Cetewayo, who races in the colors of John A. Chandler, will carry highweight of 118 pounds when he heads a field of nine marathoners in Saturday's $200,000-added Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park. The mile and a half grass race will be the eighth race on a 10-race card that gets underway at 1 p.m.

The Grade III Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf is part of the John Deere Turf Division on the Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, which will be contested here on October 26 when the Breeders' Cup makes its first appearance at Arlington Park. The race, which includes $75,000 from the Breeders' Cup Fund for eligible horses, is also part of the Breeders' Cup Stakes program, a series of more than 95 races worth an aggregate $17 million sponsored by the Breeders' Cup and participating tracks throughout the United States and Canada.

The Stars and Stripes will be televised live nationally as part of the "NTRA Summer Racing Tour on CBS" presented by Long John Silver's from 4-5 p.m. Central time. Also on the telecast will be $500,000 Grade I United Nations Handicap from Monmouth Park and the Grade II $500,000 Suburban Handicap from Belmont Park. The three races can be bet as the NTRA Summer Pick Three, a $2 minimum wager (with $1 partial wheels available) which will be hubbed through the Monmouth Park tote system.

An 8-year-old son of His Majesty, Cetewayo won the Grade I Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap in February and finished second in the Grade II Pan American Handicap at that same South Florida oval the following month. Last time out, the Michael Dickinson-trained horse was best by three-quarters of a length when dispatched as the 1-2 favorite in the $100,000 Greenwood Cup Handicap at Philadelphia Park. Rene Douglas, Arlington's leading jockey, gets the mount aboard Cetewayo, who will spot his eight rivals from one to eight pounds.

Diamond C. Stable's Pisces comes to Arlington after being adjudged co-winner of the Grade III Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs following the disqualification of Two Point Two Mill from the victory in the mile and three-eighths race. A son of Prized, Pisces captured the Grade II Appleton Handicap at Gulfstream in January and was second in the Grade II Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April. Roger Velez gets the call from trainer Ken McPeek to pilot Pisces, who gets in with 117 pounds.

Centaur Farm's Classic Par dead-heated with Pisces in the Louisville Handicap and is slated to carry 115 pounds in the Stars and Stripes. The 4-year-old Sky Classic colt, who is also nominated to the Grade I Arlington Million to be run here August 17, is trained by Merrill Scherer and will be ridden by Frank Lovato Jr.

Gary A. Tanaka's Riddlesdown, the one of two starters not eligible for the $75,000 from the Breeders' Cup Fund, was moved up to fourth in the Louisville Handicap in his last start. Previously, the Irish-bred son of Common Grounds wired an 11-furlong turf allowance at Churchill Downs on May 11. Ray Sibille will ride the Niall O'Callaghan-trained 5-year-old who has been assigned 114 pounds for the Stars and Stripes.

W. Claiborne & W. C. Jacobs' Two Point Two Mill, also not eligible for the Breeders' Cup Fund money, looks to make amends after being disqualified from the Louisville Handicap victory for stretch interference. The Known Fact 5-year-old, who will carry 113 pounds including jockey Charlie Woods Jr., is trained by Robert Desensi.

The remainder of the field for the Stars and Stripes (with weight assignment and jockey) is: Dolphus Morrison's Red Mountain (113 pounds, Randall Meier); Alan Drey's Bahroba (112, Chris Emigh); Starlex Farm's Private Son (111, C. H. Marquez Jr.); and Larry F. Telle's Red Antics (110, Eusebio Razo Jr.).

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