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ARLINGTON NOTES

Arlington Park Stakes advance


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Stakes Advance: Arlington-Washington Futurity (Grade III)

GODOLPHIN PAIR TOPS ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 26, 2002) -- Godolphin Racing Inc.'s stable coupling of Sharp Impact and Anasheed headlines a field of 10 2-year-olds in Saturday's Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park.

The one-turn one-mile Futurity is traditionally the meet's main objective for the freshmen set, but this year the Futurity becomes a prep for the Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile to be contested at a mile and an eighth on the last Saturday in October.

Also, any horse who wins Saturday's local Futurity and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile is awarded an additional $250,000 as part of the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge. The Futurity will be televised by CNBC on a tape-delay basis beginning at 7 p.m. Central time.

Combined with the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie, female counterpart of the Futurity also offered on that day, the pair of juvenile races will make up Saturday's half of Arlington Park's "Preview Weekend at the Park."

On Sunday, the Grade II $400,000 Washington Park Handicap and the $150,000 added Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile are slated to complete "Preview Weekend at the Park," positioned four weeks in advance of the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which come to Chicago for the first time in their 19-year history.

Of the Godolphin pair, Sharp Impact is the more accomplished at the present time although Anasheed may be better suited to handle the one-mile Futurity route. A son of Siphon, Sharp Impact is a perfect two for two in his brief career. Last time out, the Eoin Harty trainee pressed the early pace, took the lead in the stretch and was drawing off when capturing the six-furlong $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes by three-quarters of a length on Sept. 7.

Anasheed, by 1992 Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic winner A. P. Indy, showed improvement when stretched to a mile for his second start after failing as the choice in his debut at 4 furlongs. Most recently, he broke his maiden after angling out six wide in the lane to prevail by a length and a half when again going a mile here Aug. 18..

Ray Sibille has the mount aboard Sharp Impact while Robby Albarado will handle the reins astride Anasheed.

Michael E. Pegram's Echeverria, by 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic hero Awesome Again, comes into the Futurity after finishing second by a length and a quarter in the $100,000 James C. Ellis Park Juvenile last month. Previously, the Bob Baffert charge won a pair of races at the Western Kentucky oval. Arlington Park's leading jockey, Rene Douglas, picks up the riding assignment.

K. K. & Vilasini Jayaraman's Comic Truth carries a two-race win skein into the Futurity. The Ken McPeek-trained son of Proudest Romeo captured the $40,000 Pioneer Stakes at Louisiana Downs and the $50,000 Lafayette Stakes at Evangeline Downs in his last two trips to the post. Jose Martinez Jr. is slated for the tack.

Tom R. Durant's Most Feared invades from Monmouth Park for the Futurity. The son of Commanchero, trained by Ronny Werner, was a 9-length victor in the $50,000 Continental Mile Stakes at the Jersey Shore oval after breaking his maiden there the previous month. Two-time Arlington Park riding champion Mark Guidry will be in the saddle.

Overbrook Farm's Boston Park looks to rebound after finishing second in the Grade III Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park two weeks ago. In his start before that Northern Kentucky test, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained son of Boston Harbor ran second in the Grade III Sapling at Monmouth. Hall-of-Fame reinsman Pat Day will be in to pilot Boston Park.

Completing the field for the Arlington-Washington Futurity are: Ron G. Potts Jr.'s Payforaday (Larry Taylor), third in the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes at River Downs on Labor Day; Glen Hill Farm's Unleash the Power (Earlie Fires), third in the Spectacular Bid in his last start; and Robert M. Evan's Alpler (Curt Bourque), third in the $100,000 El Joven Stakes at Retama Park Aug. 31.

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