|Arlington Park Stakes advance
CACTUS RIDGE HEADS ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY LINEUP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 25, 2003) -- Undefeated Cactus Ridge, who races in the colors of Dream Walkin Farm of country music superstar Toby Keith, puts his three race win skein on the line when he heads a field of six juvenile males in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity to be run on Saturday's closing day card at Arlington Park.
The one-turn one-mile Arlington-Washington Futurity is the main event for 2-year-olds on the Chicago Thoroughbred racing scene and serves as the final local prep for the $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile which will be held at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.
The Futurity will share top billing on the meet's final afternoon with the Grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie, for 2-year-old fillies. 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 son of Hennessy, Cactus Ridge broke his maiden over this oval on June 7 before stepping up to stakes competition for his next two starts. He was a 15-length victor in the $35,000 Canterbury Juvenile at that Minnesota Race track and most recently was the 6½-length hero of the $100,000 James C. Ellis Juvenile at Ellis Park on Aug. 17. Eddie Martin Jr., who was aboard Cactus Ridge for the Kentucky race last month, has a return call astride the Bret Calhoun-trained colt.
Set to oppose Cactus Ridge on Saturday are: Janelle Grum's Glittergem (Pat Day up); Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Korbyn Gold (Corey Lanerie); R. Durham Racing Stable LLC's Night Charger (Shane Sellers); L. W. Z. Stable's Orphan Brigade (Ray Sibille); and Stonerside Stable Ltd.'s Texas Deputy (Rene Douglas).
Korbyn Gold is the only other stakes winner in the field for the Futurity. The Steve Asmussen-trained son of Gold Case won the Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie in July and the $46,950 Spectacular Bid Stakes over this oval three weeks ago. Between those victories, Korbyn Gold finished eighth after a steadied start and troubled trip in the Ellis Juvenile.
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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