|Arlington Park Stakes advance
EVERYDAY ANGEL, ZOSIMA HEAD LARGE LASSIE FIELD
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 25, 2003) -- Richard Nip's Everyday Angel, an impressive winner in her last trip to the post, and Darley's Zosima, two for three in her brief career, head a field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered in the Grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie to be run on Saturday's closing day card at Arlington Park.
The one-turn one-mile Arlington-Washington Lassie is the main event for 2-year-old fillies on the Chicago Thoroughbred racing scene and serves as the final major local prep for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies which will be held at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.
The Lassie will share top billing on the meet's final afternoon with the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity, open to all 2-year-olds. A third stakes race, the $45,000-added Taylor's Special Stakes, a five-furlong turf dash for older sprinters, will also be offered.
A daughter of Forestry, Everyday Angel turned heads in New York when she broke her maiden by 12½ lengths at Saratoga on Aug. 11 in a quick 1:03.82 for 5½ furlongs over a muddy track. Highly regarded off that win, the Pat Byrne-trained filly was listed as a separate betting interest in the recent Breeders' Cup Future Pool and she closed as fourth choice in the betting at odds of 8.80-1. Shane Sellers has the mount.
Zosima, from the local division of Eoin Harty's split stable, has made the most of her three starts over the oval, winning twice and finishing second on the other occasion. The daughter of Capote broke her maiden at first asking on July 4, capturing a five-furlong event by 4½ lengths in 59.54 seconds. Next out, she ran second in the $53,200 Silver Maiden Stakes. In her most recent start, she was a two-length victress in a first-level allowance over six furlongs. Hall of Fame reinsman Pat Day will be in to ride Zosima for the first time.
Slated to face Everyday Angel and Zosima are: Richard H. Glander's Anapest (Chris Emigh up); Ashby Thoroughbreds' Bad Kitty (Rene Douglas); Richey & Strode Stables LLC's Blondz Away (Corey Lanerie); Robert H. Shepard's Crypto's Best (Eddie Martin Jr.); and Justin & Stephanie Carroll's Journey Fever (Alfredo Juarez Jr.).
Also, Roman Boruta's Rebel Lil (C. H. Marquez Jr.); Ten Broeck Farm Inc.'s Sala de Oro (Gary Baze); and the Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc's Indian Jewel (Frank Lovato Jr.) and Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Lovely Afternoon (Larry Sterling Jr.).
Sala de Oro is the only stakes winner in the field. The Grant Forster-trained daughter of Expelled captured the $75,600 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes at Emerald Downs on Aug. 31. She also broke her maiden and won an allowance race at the Washington oval.
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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