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CASHEL CASTLE SHARES STARTING HIGHWEIGHT IN ARLINGTON SPRINT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 20, 2003) -- Barry & Sondra Buchholz' Cashel Castle makes his long awaited return to the races after a 16-month absence in Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Sprint. The Arlington Sprint is a six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds & upward and attracted a field of seven.
A 4-year-old son of Silver Ghost, Cashel Castle makes his first start since finishing second as the odds-on favorite in the Grade III Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs in April 2002. Diagnosed with tendon problems following that race, the grey/roan colt has been sidelined ever since. Prior to the Derby Trial, the Chris Block trainee had rattled off five victories in as many trips to the post, topped by a 4¼-length score in the Grade III Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland. Eusebio Razo, who partnered with Cashel Castle in his first four races, has a return call Saturday.
Cashel Castle will share top impost of 118 pounds with Asiel Stable's Classic Appeal and Cappas, Founders Group & Crown's Way Farm's Out of My Way.
Of these, Out of My Way brings a better 2003 record to the table with three wins and a second in five starts on the season. Last time out, the Gene Cilio-trained son of Jolie's Halo finished second beaten a nose by San Pedro after making the pace through most of the one-mile $45,000 Play Fellow Handicap against Illinois-bred rivals. Earlier in the season, the 6-year-old gelding took top honors in the $40,000 Zen Handicap and the $84,150 White Oak Handicap also against state-breds. Curt Bourque has the mount.
Classic Appeal, fifth to Out of My Way in the Zen and fourth to that rival in the White Oak, faced open company foes in his last start, a second-place run in the $50,000 Prairie Meadows Sprint at that Altoona, Iowa, oval. Carlos Silva rides the Richard Hazelton-trained son of Classic Account.
One pound back in Racing Secretary Frank Gabriel's weights at 117 pounds are Ronnie Lamarque's Bright Valour and Amerman Racing LLC's Deer Lake.
The former, a 7-year-old Wild Again horse, won the Grade III Hanshin in 2001 and was adjudged the winner of that same race in 2000. In this year's Hanshin, the Louie Roussel III trainee finished sixth. Earlier this year, Bright Valour won back-to-back allowance races in Chicago. Chris Emigh has the riding assignment.
Deer Lake, fourth in the Grade III Deputy Minister Handicap at Gulfstream in February, returned to action for the first time since that South Florida outing with a gate-to-wire score in a fourth-level allowance on July 25. Rene Douglas will guide the Paul McGee-trained son of Meadowlake.
Completing the field for the Arlington Sprint are: John Castro's Bet On Joe (Frank Lovato Jr., 116 pounds), winner of the Prairie Meadows Sprint on Aug. 9; and Fog City Stables' Distinction (Earlie Fires, 112), victor in a first-level allowance at Ellis in his last start July 26.
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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