|Arlington Park Stakes advance
Three Friday Stakes Offered at Arlington Park
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (October 24, 2002) -- A Friday preamble to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is offered at Arlington Park when three $100,000 stakes races highlight the program one day prior to the Saturday's Super Bowl of Thoroughbred racing.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships come to Chicago and Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history this Saturday. However, showcasing the racing program at the local oval one day earlier are three stakes: two handicaps on grass and one allowance stakes on the main track.
The $100,000 John Henry at a mile and three-sixteenths for 3-year-olds and upward, and the $100,000 Estrapade at a mile and a sixteenth for fillies and mares, will both be contested over Arlington Park's world famous turf course. The $100,000 Gilded Time, for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs, is also on the Friday program.
Gary A. Tanaka's Riddlestown, overmatched in the Grade III Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap September 21, may have found a field more to his liking when he heads eight in Friday's John Henry 'Cap, slated as the seventh race of the afternoon. Bien Nicole, owned by John & Kris Richter & John Allan Richter, is a daughter of Bien Bien and a winner of her last four in a row, all on grass, and may merit favoritism in the Estrapade, which has attracted 11. The Estrapade is carded as the ninth race Friday.
Overbrook Farm's Desert Warrior, apparently overmatched in Belmont's Grade I Champagne last time, is another who finds an easier field in Friday's Gilded Time, which has a field of seven juveniles and will be run as Friday's fifth race.
The John Henry is named in honor of the winner of the inaugural Arlington Million and the race's only two-time victor to date. The Estrapade recognizes the Grade I Arlington Million's only female winner, and the Gilded Time honors the winner of the 1992 Arlington-Washington Futurity here who parlayed that score to one in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile that season. Gilded Time was subsequently named the Eclipse Award champion in that division.
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