|Arlington Park Stakes advance
RAGING FEVER HEADS CHICAGO BREEDERS' CUP LINE-UP
Multiple Grade I Stakes Winner Ships to Arlington from New York
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 12, 2003) -- Edward P. Evans' Raging Fever, a Grade I stakes winning daughter of Storm Cat, invades from New York to top a field of nine distaffers entered in the $175,000-added Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park.
The Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, which includes $75,000 from the Breeders' Cup Fund for horses eligible to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, is a Grade III race for fillies and mares. Past winners of the seven-furlong event include two-time heroine Lazer Show, who upset eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Very Subtle in the 1987 renewal; Safely Kept, winner of the 1990 Breeders' Cup Sprint, came to Arlington to win the 1991 Chicago Breeders' Cup; and local heroine Meafara, who finished second to males in the Breeders' Cup Sprint in both 1992 and 1993.
Trained by Mark Hennig, Raging Fever finished a disappointing sixth in the Grade II Shuvee Handicap at Belmont Park in her most recent start. In her two previous trips to the post this year, both at Aqueduct, the 5-year-old mare finished second to Carson Hollow in the Grade II Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap in March and wired her rivals in the Grade III Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap in April.
A career earner of more than $1.4 million, Raging Fever has 11 wins in 22 starts including three Grade I victories: the 2000 Matron, the 2000 Frizette and the 2002 Ogden Phipps Handicap.
Raging Fever will carry the starting highweight of 120 pounds including jockey Aaron Gryder. She will spot her eight rivals from four to 10 pounds.
Slated to face Raging Fever (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Choctaw Racing Stables' For Rubies (Craig Perret, 116 pounds); Gary A. Tanaka's Ifyouprefersilver (Frank Lovato Jr., 116); Pin Oak Stable's See How She Runs (Don Pettinger, 116); and Rosendo G. Parra's Cielo Girl (Rene Douglas, 115).
Also, Richard C. Colton Jr. & Mast Thoroughbreds LLC's Miss Lodi (Eusebio Razo Jr., 115), Richard Otto Stable's Summer Mis (Larry Sterling Jr., 114); Tommy G. Ligon's Abundantly Blessed (Marlon St. Julien, 114) and Bluestem Farm Inc.'s Oglala Sue (Chris Emigh, 113).
See How She Runs carries a two-race win skein into the Chicago Breeders' Cup. Last time out, the 4-year-old daughter of Maria's Mon scored a victory in the $100,000 Valid Expectations Stakes at Lone Star Park after previously capturing an allowance race at the Grand Prairie, Texas oval. As a 3-year-old, the Donnie K. Von Hemel-trained filly won the Grade II Fantasy at Oaklawn Park and the Grade I Selene Stakes at Woodbine.
The Mike Stidham-trained Ifyouprefersilver makes her first start since finishing a well-beaten fourth as the 2-5 favorite in the $100,000 Lady Hallie Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course. Prior to the disappointing Stickney run, the Silver Deputy filly was an easy 9 1/4-length victress in the $150,000 Chou Croute Handicap at the Fair Grounds.
A daughter of Not For Love, For Rubies has won two of her last three races. The Lynn Whiting trainee most recently captured a Churchill Downs allowance race in front-running fashion. Last year, she won the $60,000 Real Delight Stakes over this course.
Headlining the local contingent is Summer Mis. The Illinois-bred daughter of Summer Squall won a conditioned allowance race here on May 25. Last year, the Tony Mitchell pupil took top honors in the $86,750 Purple Violet Stakes during the Prairie State Festival.
Arlington Park -- host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- runs a 104-day meet in 2003 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates seven off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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