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MIESQUE'S APPROVAL CHOICE IN SEA O'ERIN BREEDERS' CUP MILE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 13, 2003) -- Live Oak Plantation's Miesque's Approval, runner-up in the Grade II Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April, will be the starting highweight at 118 pounds when he faces seven rivals in the $150,000 Sea o'Erin Breeders' Cup Mile on turf Sunday at Arlington Park.
The Father's Day headliner features $100,000 in purse money from Arlington Park and an additional $50,000 from the Breeders' Cup Fund for horses eligible to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Trained by Hall-of-Famer Bill Mott, Miesque's Approval has not started since being beaten only a length and a quarter by Royal Spy in the Keeneland contest. In his only other start this year, the 4-year-old son of Miesque's Son finished second to Political Attack in the Grade III Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park in March. As a 3-year-old, Miesque's Approval captured the Grade III Kent Breeders' Cup Stakes at Delaware Park and the restricted Bonnie Heath Turf Cup at Calder Race Course.
Rene Douglas, who won seven turf stakes races here in 2002, has the mount aboard the highweight, who will spot his rivals from two to six pounds.
Slated to face Miesque's Approval (with jockey and weight assignment) are: J. S. Cubed Stable's Holy Conflict (Eusebio Razo Jr., 116 pounds); Farish, Elkins & Webber's Rock Slide (Robby Albarado, 116); John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred (Seth Martinez, 115); Elisabeth H. Alexander's Package Store (Curt Bourque, 114); Michael W. & Judy Crowe's Attack The Books (Shane Laviolette, 113); Grace Turnbow's Man O' Rhythm (C. H. Marquez Jr., 113); and Dare To Dream Stable's LLC Captain Nicholas (Frank Lovato Jr., 112).
Al's Dearly Bred and Holy Conflict ran one-two in the $48,150 Mister Gus Stakes here on Memorial Day. The former, a Waquoit gelding, was making his first start of the year in the Mister Gus. The Hugh Robertson-trained 6-year-old previously captured the $42,000 Golden Pheasant Handicap over this course last September.
Holy Conflict, by Lord At War, finished only a head behind Al's Dearly Bred in the Mister Gus. The Gene Cilio trainee won allowance race at the Fair Grounds in March and ran third in a $66,000 allowance event at Keeneland in April.
Package Store invades from Kentucky in search of his second straight victory this year and third straight overall. The Walter Bindner Jr.-trained son of Mister Baileys closed out his 4-year-old campaign with a half-length score in a second-level allowance race at Belmont Park in September and kicked off his current season with a 1 1/2-length tally in a third-level allowance race at Keeneland.
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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