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Arlington Park news release

Contact: Graham Ross (847) 385-7500 ext. 7319


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 31, 2002) -- England's Legend, the defending champion in Arlington Park's Grade I Beverly D., and the brilliant but pedi-precarious Astra, who failed as the odds-on choice in that same test last summer, top a group of 91 fillies and mares nominated to the 2002 renewal of the local showcase event that annually attracts its share of the world's most prominent female Thoroughbred turf stars.

The 13th renewal of the $700,000 Beverly D., run at a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington's world famous grass course, will be contested on August 17 as part of Arlington's International Festival of Racing. The Grade I Arlington Million, centerpiece of the Chicago Thoroughbred racing season, and the Grade I Secretariat, final event of Arlington's Mid-America Triple, are also part of the one-day Festival.

In last year's Beverly D., England's Legend, owned by Eduoard de Rothschild, took command shortly after the start, quickly increased the margin while making the pace and drew off a second time in the late stages to tally by seven and three-quarter lengths at the wire. The British-bred then went to New York for the Grade I Flower Bowl and finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length. She concluded her campaign with a disappointing 11th-place finish in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Belmont Park on October 27 after making the pace for the first six furlongs. The 5-year-old mare has not started this season.

Astra, who had captured Santa Anita's Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap and Hollywood's Grade I Beverly Hills Handicap prior to the 2001 Beverly D., was prominent for a half as the choice of the fans at the local oval last summer before tiring suddenly in the run down the backstretch. However, the daughter of Theatrical has returned to her winning ways this season, most recently with a head score in Hollywood's Grade I Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 27 after tallying by two in this season's Santa Barbara April 20. She finished third, beaten three and three-quarters, in Santa Anita's Grade II Santa Ana Handicap March 23 in her first start since last year's Beverly D.

Starine, a Beverly D. nominee owned and trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bobby Frankel, finished second, beaten a head by Astra in the Gamely on Memorial Day at Hollywood as the strong second choice in the wagering. Taken in hand and placed just off the pace, the 5-year-old gray mare was forced to steady approaching the lane, took clear command in mid-stretch despite racing wide and then just failed to withstand Astra at the wire.

Bred in France, Starine came to the United States in the spring last year and won two races at Saratoga during the summer, including a tally in the Grade II Diana Handicap on September 3. The daughter of Mendocino pressed the pace of England's Legend in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf before tiring to finish 10th. She bounced back from that defeat to win Hollywood's Grade I Matriarch Stakes November 25 and was second in the Santa Ana in her first start this season.

However, Frankel has a German-bred 4-year-old filly nominated to the Beverly D. that campaigned exclusively in Europe last year. Gary A. Tanaka's Peu a Peu made the first six starts of her career in Germany, with wins in two minor stakes, before finishing seventh in the Group I Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp October 7 in the final start of her sophomore campaign. Since coming under Frankel's tutelage, Peu a Peu made her first start in the United States a winning one on May 18, when she captured the Grade III Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap at Bay Meadows. The bay defeated the favored Janet, a British-bred Beverly D. nominee owned by Red Baron's Barn LLC, by two lengths in the Yerba Buena.

Tanaka's Polaire, an Irish-bred who finished fifth in last season's Grade III Modesty, is another Beverly D. nominee. Polaire, who set the pace in the Yerba Buena before weakening to finish fourth, was third in the Santa Barbara in her previous start.

The winner of last year's Modesty, traditionally the final local prep for the Beverly D., was Team Block's Ioya Two, an Illinois-bred Chicago favorite who is nominated to this season's Beverly D. Last summer, the Block family resisted the temptation to pay a supplementary Beverly D. nomination fee despite her Modesty score.

Other American-based Beverly D. nominees include Bentley Smith Revocable Trust's Solvig, third in the Grade III Early Times Mint Julep May 18, fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and fifth in last year's Beverly D. Also, Green Hills Farm Inc.'s Voodoo Dancer, third in the Gamely but the victress in Aqueduct's Beaugay Handicap May 5 as well as Acclaimed Racing Stable's Jennasietta, winner of the Calder Breeders' Cup Handicap May 25.

Other European-based fillies and mares nominated to the Beverly D. are the Wertheimer & Frere-owned pair of Chanteline and Ice Bride. Both those fillies are trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, who saddled Maktoum Al Makktoum's Hatoof to win the 1994 Beverly D. Zaza Top, another Beverly D. nominee, is a German-bred filly owned by Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof and trained by Andreas Wohler. That combination won last year's Arlington Million with Silvano.

Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run a 107-day meet in 2002 from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, Oct. 27. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Quad City Downs (East Moline), Chicago, Rockford and Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.

To Be Run Saturday, August 17, 2002

FOR FILLIES AND MARES, THREE-YEARS-OLD AND UPWARD. By subscription of $300 if made on or before Wednesday, April 17, 2002, with fee to accompany the nomination. Late nomination of $1,500 (each horse) on Wednesday, July 10, 2002. All Beverly D. nominees will automatically be nominated to the 2002 running of the Modesty Handicap with the nomination fee being waived. Supplementary nomination of $21,000 may be made by Wednesday, August 7, 2002, which includes entry and starting fees. (A refund of $19,000 will be made to any supplementary nominee that fails to make the starting field or upon production of a veterinarian certificate indicating that the horse is not fit to run.) Nominees of April 11 to pay $5,000 to pass the entry box and $5,000 to start.

$700,000 Guaranteed, of which $420,000 to the winner; $140,000 to second; $70,000 to third; $35,000 to fourth; $21,000 to fifth and $14,000 to sixth. WEIGHT-FOR-AGE; Northern Hemisphere: Three-Year-Old Fillies, 117 lbs.; Older 123 lbs.; Southern Hemisphere: Three-Year-Old Fillies, 111 lbs.;Four-Year-Old Fillies, 118 lbs.; Older 123 lbs.

This event will be limited to fourteen starters. (7) Non-North American starters and 7 North American starters.) Preference will be given in the following order: (1st) (A) Grade/Group I Turf winners in 2002 -(B) Grade/Group I winners on Dirt; (2nd) (A) Grade/Group II Turf winners in 2002 -(B) Grade/Group II winners on Dirt; (3rd) (A) Grade/Group III Turf winners in 2002-(B) Grade/Group III winners on Dirt. (Total earnings in 2002 will be used in determining the preference of horses with equal Grade/Group winners.) Horses that have not won a Graded/Group race in 2002, preference will be Total Lifetime Earnings. Failure to draw into this race at any time of entry cancels all fees with the exception of the nominating fee(s).

STARTERS TO BE NAMED THROUGH THE ENTRY BOX ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14,2002. Two (2) horses having common ties through ownership cannot start to the exclusion of a single ownership interest. Trophy to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. In the event this stake race is taken off the turf,it may be subject to down grading upon review by the Graded Stake Committee.


Affluent Janis R. Whitham Ronald L. McAnally
Alexine (ARG) R.D.Hubbard, Masterson, Rio Claro Thoroughbreds,et al Richard E. Mandella
Alstemeria (IRE) Katherine Magnier Aidan P. O'Brien
Amelia Helen K. Groves, Helen C. Alexander & Dorothy A. Matz Claude R. McGaughey, III
Amonita (GB) Haras du Mezaray, S. A. Christophe Clement
Asharna (IRE) H. H. Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre
Astra Allen E. Paulson Living Trust Laura de Seroux
Baldwina (FR) Gary A. Tanaka Niall M. O'Callaghan
Beefeater Baby Helen Smith & Pamela Blatz-Murff Robert J. Frankel
Blue Moon (FR) B. Wayne Hughes Ronald W. Ellis
Brandala Sorin Stables, Inc. Tommy Walsh
Chanteline (IRE) Wertheimer & Frere Christiane Head-Maarek
Choc Ice (IRE) Micheline Vidal Robert Collet
Coray (BRZ) R. D. Hubbard & Rio Claro Thoroughbreds & C. Sczesny Richard E. Mandella
Crazy Ensign (ARG) El Faruk Stable Richard E. Mandella
Cruise Along Sondra D. Bender Lawrence E. Murray
Dance Memories Michael Rainier Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Dear Daughter (GB) Philip Newton Neil Drysdale
Diamond Biko (JPN) Shinobu Osako Kazuo Fujisawa
Diamond Trim (IRE) Moyglare Stud Dermot K. Weld
Double Cat Irving Cowan Neil Drysdale
Dress To Thrill (IRE) Moyglare Stud Dermot K. Weld
Dublino Allen E. Paulson Living Trust Laura de Seroux
England's Legend (FR) Edouard de Rothschild Christophe Clement
Golden Apples (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka B.D.A. Cecil
Golden Silca (GB) Aldridge Racing, Ltd. Mick Channon
Hideaway Heroine (IRE) The Phantom Partnership John Hills
Ice Bride Wertheimer & Frere Christiane Head-Maarek
Imperatriz Rafaela (BRZ) Stud T N T Richard E. Mandella
Innit (IRE) Richard L. Duchossois Ronald L. McAnally
Ioya Two Team Block Chris M. Block
Janet (GB) Red Baron's Barn, LLC Darrell Vienna
Jemima (GB) Lazy F Ranch Angel Penna Jr.
Kabylia (IRE) Dan J. Agnew Jerry M. Fanning
Karsavina (IRE) Joseph Allen Robert J. Frankel
Keemoon (FR) Henry Pabst Neil Drysdale
Kournakova (IRE) Mrs. John Magnier Aidan P. O'Brien
Lady of the Future Max Pearson Thomas Green
Lahinch (IRE) Mrs. E. M. Stockwell Aidan P. O'Brien
Lethals Lady (GB) Ecurie Vallin Robert Collet
Lhiz (CHI) Gary A. Tanaka Neil Drysdale
Lilac Queen (GER) Gary A. Tanaka Andreas Schutz
Live Your Dreams Gainsborough Farm, Inc. Neil Drysdale
Luminous Beauty Moyglare Stud Dermot K. Weld
Magic Mission (GB) Gainsborough Farm, Inc. Neil Drysdale
Maryinsky (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan P. O'Brien
Megahertz (GB) Michael Bello Robert J. Frankel
Moon Queen (IRE) Joseph Allen Christophe Clement
Moon Safari Michael Tabor Aidan P. O'Brien
Nadia (GB) Gainsborough Farm, Inc. Neil Drysdale
Old Money (AUS) Stonerside Stable LLC Ronald L. McAnally
Owsley Arthur B. Hancock III Randy Schulhofer
Peu a Peu (GER) Gary A. Tanaka Robert J. Frankel
Pietra Dura (GB) Mrs. John Magnier Aidan P. O'Brien
Pitati (BRZ) Raising Dust Stables Raja Andrew Malek
Polaire (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka Donald J. Burke II
Proudwings (GER) Teruya Yoshida John Hammond
Quarter Moon (IRE) Mrs. Richard Henry Aidan P. O'Brien
Queue E. Robins & J. Weiss Vincent Blengs
Quick Tip William S. Farish Neil J. Howard
Reina Blanca (GB) Gallardia Racing, LLC Todd A. Pletcher
Saranac Lake Bertram R. Firestone Dermot K. Weld
Shamdara (IRE) H. H. Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre
Siringas (IRE) Skymarc Farm, Inc. Christophe Clement
Snow Dance John C. Oxley John T. Ward, Jr.
Snowflake (IRE) Stonerside Stable LLC Ronald L. McAnally
Sobrina Del Rey Edition Farm Angel Penna Jr.
Solvig Bentley Smith Revocable Trust Carl A. Nafzger
Sophisticat Michael Tabor Aidan P. O'Brien
Spinnette (GB) Dr. T. A. Ryan Jeremy Noseda
Starbourne (IRE) Katherine Magnier Aidan P. O'Brien
Starine (FR) Robert J. Frankel Robert J. Frankel
Starrer George Krikorian David Hofmans
Sulk (IRE) James Wigan John Gosden
Sun Seasons (IRE) Moyglare Stud Dermot K. Weld
Sundari (IRE) Lady Bamford John Gosden
Surya (ARG) Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. Robert J. Frankel
Tarfshi (GB) Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Michael A. Jarvis
Tates Creek Juddmonte Farms Robert J. Frankel
Terna (ARG) Gary A. Tanaka A. Pico Perdomo
Terre A Terre (FR) Mrs. Henri Devin & Mrs. Biden Ashbrooke Eric Libaud
The Parting Glass Kenneth C. Avanzino Thomas J. Skiffington
Tweedside Laura & Eugene Melnyk Todd A. Pletcher
Vayeva (IRE) H. H. Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre
Venus de Milo Mrs. John Magnier Aidan P. O'Brien
Volga (IRE) Joseph Allen Christophe Clement
Voodoo Dancer Green Hills Farm, Inc. Christophe Clement
Watch Claiborne Farm William I. Mott
Win for Us (GER) Gary A. Tanaka Donald J. Burke II
You Edmund A. Gann Robert J. Frankel
Zaza Top (GER) Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof Andreas Wohler

Closed With 91 Nominations DAVID F. BAILEY Racing Secretary / Handicapper



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