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Arlington Stakes Bracket 8 Breeders' Cup Races
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (October 24, 2002) -- A "daily double" of stakes races that are part of the Arlington Park stakes program will serve as a prelude to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships which come to Arlington Park for the first time in their 19-year history this Saturday.
Also, following Saturday's eight Breeders' Cup events, a third Arlington stakes will be presented as a postscript to the afternoon's Breeders' Cup championships.
Opening Saturday's racing program as the first half of the daily double will be the $100,000 "Right Here Right Now" Safely Kept Handicap, for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. The $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap, for 3-year-olds and upward at nine furlongs will serve as the second half of the opening daily double.
Safely Kept won the Grade III Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington Park in the spring of 1991, not long after concluding her 1990 season with a tally in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park. "Right Here Right Now" is a current tourism slogan for Illinois.
Edward P. Evans' Gold Mover, clearly best when winning Gulfstream's $100,000 Herecomesthebride March 17, heads a field of five in Saturday's Safely Kept stakes opener. However, the daughter of Gold Fever has been away from the races since St. Patrick's Day.
The second half of Saturday's daily double honors 1991 Horse of the Year Black Tie Affair, who won the Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs during the fall that year. Black Tie Affair was based at Arlington Park throughout his championship season. Included among the stepping stones to his Eclipse Award was a win in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap at the local oval.
Flying Column II's Generous Rosi, second by a neck in the Grade II Washington Park Handicap here September 29, is set to match strides with Anstu's Stables Inc.'s Balto Star, second by a length in the Grade I Man o'War September 7. However, Balto Star was most recently seventh in the Grade I Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile October 6.
The $100,000 Steinlen Handicap, for 3-year-olds and upward at a mile and a sixteenth on Arlington's world famous grass course, will serve as the final race on Saturday's unprecedented program at Chicago's premier Thoroughbred oval. The British-bred Steinlen won the 1989 Arlington Million and followed that up with a win in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Mile.
John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred, who made the pace before weakening late to finish third in the $150,000 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Handicap, heads a field of eight in the Steinlen.
Scheduled 40 minutes after the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic -- a Grade I event that is the richest race currently run in North America -- the Steinlen Handicap will conclude the afternoon program of 11 races. The mile and a quarter Classic and the Steinlen will also be combined as a late daily double for parimutuel wagering purposes.
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