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BALLINGARRY INVADES FOR STARS AND STRIPES BREEDERS' CUP TURF
Grade I Stakes Winner Heads Holiday Weekend Headliner
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 3, 2003) -- Grade I stakes winner Ballingarry heads a field of nine turf specialists entered for Saturday's 72nd running of the Grade III $200,000-added Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf at a mile and a half over Arlington Park's world renowned grass course.
The Stars and Stripes, Arlington's traditional Fourth of July holiday weekend headliner, carries $125,000 in added money from Arlington Park and an additional $75,000 from the Breeders' Cup Fund for eligible horses.
Ballingarry, who races for the partnership of the Sidney Port Trust, Naify and San Gabriel Investments, will carry starting high weight of 121 pounds for the Stars and Stripes. The 4-year-old son of Sadler's Wells ships to Arlington from his Southern California homebase after finishing third in the $400,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park in May.
Last year, Ballingarry made his North American debut by capturing the Grade I Canadian International at Woodbine. Purchased privately shortly after that victory, he is now trained by Laura de Seroux. Rene Douglas, who won this race last year aboard John Chandler's Cetewayo, has the mount.
Set to face the highweight (with jockey and weight assignment) are: Frances J. O'Toole's Dr. Brendler (Curt Bourque, 118 pounds); On Target Racing's Williams News (Marlon St. Julien, 115); There Kings Stable's Extra Check (Earlie Fires, 114): and Starlex Farm's Private Son (Eusebio Razo Jr., 114).
Also, Steve Sawatske's Ivan Jay Perry (Chris Emigh, 113); Steven W. Fish & Chris Bukowiecki's North of Six (Frank Lovato Jr., 113); Paul Cumberland's Scooter Roach (Jesse Campbell, 113); and John G. & John W. Phillips' Jack's Own Time (Tommy Molina, 112).
Dr. Brendler comes into the Stars and Stripes off a third-place finish in the Grade I Manhattan Handicap on the Belmont Stakes undercard on June 7. The Distant View horse, trained by H. Graham Motion, previously captured the Grade II Citgo Dixie Handicap at a mile and an eighth at Pimlico on the Preakness Day undercard and an allowance race at Keeneland in April at the mile and a half Stars and Stripes distance.
Williams News, the 2000 Stars and Stripes victor, returns to Arlington in search of his first victory since taking top honors in the Grade III Elkhorn at Keeneland in the Spring of 2001. The 8-year-old Alleged gelding was third in this year's renewal of the Elkhorn. Most recently the Al Stall Jr. trainee ran sixth in the Grade III Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs.
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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