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Stakes Advance: The Top Flight Stakes
SATURDAY'S $75,000 TOP FLIGHT SHOWCASES 2-YEAR-OLD FILLIES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Il. (August 29, 2002) -- Jerry Hollendorfer & Marta Racing Ventures' Christmas Time, undefeated in two trips to the post, will try to extend her victory skein to three when she heads a field of six juvenile distaffers in Saturday's headliner, the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes at six furlongs.
The Top Flight is the final local prep for Arlington's traditional main event for 2-year-old fillies: the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, to be contested at one mile September 28. However, this year Arlington Park hosts the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships for the first time October 26, which includes the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. The Lassie will be part of the Preview Weekend at the Park September 28-29.
Christmas Time, a daughter of 1992 Arlington-Washington Futurity winner Gilded Time, is in pursuit of those events leading to the divisional championship. In her last trip to the post August 11 at the local oval, she came from just off the pace in a conditioned allowance race at three-quarters of a mile to tally by a length and a quarter at the wire. Previously, the Florida-bred had broken her maiden by two and a half lengths at four and a half furlongs here June 27.
Leading rider Rene Douglas, Arlington's defending jockey champion, will be aboard Christmas Time, who is conditioned by last year's local trainer champion Hollendorfer.
Likely to provide strong competition for Christmas Time is Robert D. Nash's Golden Dayjur, conditioned by Bernie Flint -- a trainer noted for his abilities with young horses. Unsuccessful in her career debut at Ellis Park July 27 when racing for a $50,000 tag, Golden Dayjur journeyed to Mountaineer Park where she drew off with a six-length score when going five furlongs. Out of a Dayjur mare, the youngster will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.
Nelson Bunker Hunt's Souris also merits strong consideration in the Top Flight. By Defrere, noted for his precocious get, Souris was impressive in her only outing August 1 when she drew off late for a four-and-a-half length win while less than fully extended. Steve Asmussen is the trainer and Robby Albarado has been named to handle the reins.
K. K. & Vilasini Jayaraman's Fabulous Brush, who broke her maiden by five and a half at Ellis Park August 10, had raced wide in her debut in Western Kentucky July 24. Jockey Jose Martinez Jr. will ride the Ken McPeek trainee.
Completing the Top Flight field is Peter Stamas & Crown's Way Farm's Invader, trained by Gene Cilio and ridden by Eusebio Razo Jr.; and Coast To Coast Racing Fund LLC's You Glitter Girl, conditioned by W. Bret Calhoun and to be piloted by Randy Meier.
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