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ARLINGTON PARK NOTES

Arlington Park news release
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DENON, MOON BALLAD TOP 109 ARLINGTON MILLION NOMINATIONS; CHICAGO'S SIGNATURE RACE CELEBRATES 21ST BIRTHDAY AUGUST 16

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 16, 2003) -- A vastly improved Denon, hero of the Grade I Manhattan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day, and Moon Ballad, winner of the Grade I Dubai World Cup earlier this spring, head a group of 109 Thoroughbreds nominated to this summer's Grade I Arlington Million at Arlington Park.

As the signature event of Chicago's Thoroughbred season, the Million, which annually attracts the top turf specialists throughout the world, will celebrate its 21st renewal on Saturday, August 16 when contested over Arlington's world-renowned grass course at its classic mile and a quarter distance.

Denon, owned by Edmund A. Gann & Flaxman Holdings, Ltd., underlined his improving form June 7 by coming from well back to tally by three lengths in the grassy 10-furlong Manhattan Handicap, contested one race prior to Empire Maker's victory in the Belmont Stakes.

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, conditioner of both Denon and Empire Maker, has won two of the last three Arlington Millions, taking last year's renewal with Juddmonte Farms' Beat Hollow and the 2000 edition of the Chicago centerpiece with Chester House, another Juddmonte color bearer.

Also slated for the grass course August 16 as part of Arlington's one-day International Festival of Racing will be the only other two Grade I races offered in Illinois: the 14th running of the $700,000 Beverly D. for fillies and mares and the 27th running of the $400,000 Secretariat, restricted to 3-year-old turf specialists of world-class caliber.

Dubai World Cup hero Moon Ballad, owned by Godolphin, is one of several prominent foreign-based Million nominees and is scheduled to run on the grass in the Group I Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot June 18. Should the Irish-bred win that British event, he would equal the feat of Godolphin's Dubai Millennium, who accomplished the World Cup/Prince of Wales double in 2000.

Another European-based nominee to the 2003 Arlington Million is Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing, the Aidan O'Brien-trained 11-length victor in the Group I Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury May 17. Hawk Wing is scheduled to run in the Group I Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot June 17.

Godolphin's Dubai Destination, another European-based Million nominee headed for the Queen Anne, beat the highly regarded Rock of Gibraltar two years ago in the Group II Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. Rock of Gibraltar, owned by Sir Alex Ferguson & Mrs. John Magnier, finished second in the Grade I NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington last October.

Team Valor, WinStar Farm & Sunmark Partner's Ipi Tombe, a Zimbabwe-bred mare who was a champion in South Africa and defeated male rivals in the Grade I Dubai Duty Free at Nad al Sheba on World Cup Day March 29, is among the other international stars nominated to Arlington Million XXI. Ipi Tombe, also nominated to the Beverly D., would join Allen E. Paulson's Estrapade as the only female Arlington Million winner if she were to capture the 2003 renewal.

Arlington Million nominees based in the United States include 3rd Turn Stables LLC's Honor in War, winner of the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day; Juddmonte Farms' Requete, Bobby Frankel-trained and second to Honor in War in the Woodford Reserve and Denon in the Manhattan Handicap; and Juddmonte's Chiselling, winner of the 2002 Secretariat and still another under the tutelage of Frankel.

Should Chiselling win the 2003 Arlington Million, he would become the second horse to complete the Secretariat/Million double in successive seasons. Michael Tabor's Marlin won the 1996 Secretariat and followed up with a victory in the 1997 Arlington Million. One year earlier, James Lewis Jr.'s Mecke won the Million after finishing second in the Secretariat in 1995.

Ryehill Farm's Awad won the Arlington Million in 1995 after capturing the Secretariat in 1993, and Masayuki Nishiyama's Paradise Creek won the Million in 1994 after finishing second in the 1992 Secretariat.

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 six off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, 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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THE ARLINGTON MILLION XXI
Grade I
$1,000,000 GUARANTEED

FOR THREE-YEARS-OLD AND UPWARD. WEIGHT-FOR-AGE. By subscription of $500 each horse on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. Fee to accompany the nomination. Late Nomination of $2,000 (each horse) on Wednesday, July 23, 2003. All Million nominees will automatically be nominated to the 2003 running of the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf and the Arlington Handicap with the nomination fee being waived. A Supplementary Nomination of $30,000 may be made on Friday, August 8, 2003, which includes entry and starting fees. (A refund of $27,000 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 unfit to run.) Owners and/or trainers of nominated horses will be required to contact officials of Arlington Park or officials of the International Racing Bureau to pre-enter their horses on Friday, August 8, 2002, at a fee of $5,000 which will only be refundable on production of a veterinarian certificate indicating that the horse is unfit to run or fails to draw into the starting field; $10,000 additional to start. $1,000,000 Guaranteed, of which $600,000 to the winner; $200,000 to second; $100,000 to third; $50,000 to fourth; $30,000 to fifth and $20,000 to sixth. WEIGHT-FOR-AGE: NORTHERN HEMISPHERE: Three-Year-Olds, 120 lbs.;Fillies, 117 lbs.;Four-Year-olds and Upward, 126 lbs.; Fillies and Mares, 123 lbs.; SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Three-Year-Olds, 115 lbs.; Fillies; 111 lbs.; Four-Year-olds, 122 lbs.; Fillies, Four-Years-Old, 118 lbs; Older, 126 lbs.; Mares, 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 2003 - (B) Grade/Group I winners on Dirt; (2nd) (A) Grade/Group II Turf winners in 2003 - (B) Grade/Group II winners on Dirt; (3rd) (A) Grade/Group III Turf winners in 2003 - (B) Grade/Group III winners on Dirt. (Total earnings in 2003 will be used in determining the preference of horses with equal Grade/Group winners.) Horses that have not won a Grade/Group race in 2003, preference will be Total Lifetime Earnings. Failure to draw into this race at 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 13, 2003. 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 Stakes race is taken off the turf, it may be subject to downgrading upon review by the Graded Stakes Committee.

ONE MILE AND A QUARTER (TURF)
To Be Run Saturday, August 16, 2003

Horse Owner Trainer
Adiemus (GB) G. Lansbury Jeremy Noseda
Al Jadeed Hamdan al Maktoum John Gosden
Altieri Scuderia Incolinx Vittorio Caruso
Art Variety (BRZ) Team Victory Kenneth G. McPeek
Balestrini Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan P. O'Brien
Ballingarry (IRE) Port Trust, Naify & San Gabriel Investments Laura de Seroux
Beauchamp Pilot Erik Penser Gerard Butler
Blue Steller (IRE) Amerman Racing LLC Robert J. Frankel
Bourgainville R and EH Investments Ltd Andrew Balding
Bowman Mill John A. Chandler Michael W. Dickinson
Brancusi Michael Tabor Patrick Biancone
Burning Sun Juddmonte Farms Henry Cecil
Caesarion Gary A. Tanaka Jean de Roualle
Cagney (BRZ) Stud T N T Richard E. Mandella
Califet Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Candy Ride Sid and Jenny Craig Ronald L. McAnally
Century City (IRE) Thomas L. Nichols & Kitchwa Stables C. Beau Greely
Chiselling Juddmonte Farms Robert J. Frankel
Comfy Juddmonte Farms Sir Michael R. Stoute
Deeliteful Irving Anstu Stables, Inc. Michael W. Dickinson
Della Francesca Ol' Memorial Stable & Dell Ridge Farm Niall M. O'Callaghan
Denon Edmund A. Gann & Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. Robert J. Frankel
Dollar Bill Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc Robert J. Frankel
Dubai Destination Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Eishin Preston Toyomitsu Hirai Shuji Kitahashi
Endless Hall (GB) II Paralupo srl Luca M. Cumani
Epicentre Juddmonte Farms Robert J. Frankel
Evolving Tactics (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farm Dermot K. Weld
Execute (FR) Ecurie Chalhoub John Hammond
Falbrav (IRE) Scuderia Rencati srl Luca M. Cumani
France Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan P. O'Brien
Freefourinternet Equirace Laura de Seroux
Gateman (GB) Kennett Valley Thoroughbreds V Mark Johnston
Gigli (BRZ) Stud T N T Richard E. Mandella
Gondolieri (CHI) Nelson Bunker Hunt Ronald L. McAnally
Grammarian Pacific Heritage Farm LLC C. Beau Greely
Grandera (IRE) Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Gruntled Ecurie Chalhoub John Hammond
Hawk Wing Mrs. John Magnier Aidan P. O'Brien
Hawkeye (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka Donald J. Burke II
Highdown (IRE) Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Honor in War 3rd Turn Stables LLC Paul J. McGee
Imtiyaz Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
In Time's Eye (GB) Moyglare Stud Farm Dermot K. Weld
Inesperado (FR) 3 Plus U Stable Robert J. Frankel
Ipi Tombe (ZIM) Team Valor, WinStar Farm & Sunmark Partners W. Elliott Walden
Irish Colonial Fred Martin & Blue Sky Farm Randy Schulhofer
Irish Road Mt. Joy Stables, Inc. Todd A. Pletcher
Ivan Jay Perry Steve Sawatske Harvey L. Vanier
Jipapibaquigrafo Gonzalo Borges Torrealba Christiane Head-Maarek
Kaieteur Mrs. Susan McCarthy Brian Meehan
Kappa King Oak Cliff Stable Robert J. Frankel
Kudos Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss Richard E. Mandella
Like a Hero Columbine Stable C. Beau Greely
Lilac Queen (GER) Gary A. Tanaka Robert J. Frankel
Major Rhythm James M. Messineo Ed Beam
Mananan McLir Horizon Stable Wallace A. Dollase
Maranilla (IRE) Karen Sanderson Ben D. A. Cecil
Medecis (GB) Wertheimer & Frere Richard E. Mandella
Mega Gift Richard A. Englander Jeff Mullins
Meteor Storm (GB) Michael Jarvis, Gary Margolis & Ken Smole et al. Wallace A. Dollase
Mister Acpen (CHI) Stephen Taub & Neil Papiano Kristin Mulhall
Moon Ballad Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Mr. Livingston David & Teresa Palmer William A. Kaplan
Mystery Giver Team Block Chris M. Block
Naheef Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Napper Tandy (IRE) Mrs J. S. Bolger Jim S. Bolger
Navesink Jayeff B Stables Alan E. Goldberg
Night Life (FR) Stephen M. Taub Kristin Mulhall
Ninebanks Peter Abruzzo Jerry Hollendorfer
North of Six Steven W. Fish & Chris Bukowiecki Chris Bukowiecki
Paolini (GER) Mrs. Carde Ostermann- Richter Andreas Wohler
Parasol Mohammed al Nabouda David Loder
Perfect Drift Stonecrest Farm Murray W. Johnson
Perfect Soul (IRE) Charles E. Fipke Roger L. Attfield
Private Son Starlex Farm Sally S. Schu
Rakti (GB) Gary A. Tanaka Michael A. Jarvis
Rawyaan Hamdan al Maktoum John Gosden
Redattore (BRZ) Luiz A. Taunay Richard E. Mandella
Reduit (GB) Five Horses, Ltd. Thomas J. Skiffington
Refuse To Bend (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farm Dermot K. Weld
Requete (GB) Juddmonte Farms Robert J. Frankel
Riddlesdown (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka Niall M. O'Callaghan
Rouvres (FR) Alec Head Christophe Clement
Sarafan Gary A. Tanaka Neil D. Drysdale
Seinne (CHI) Nelson Bunker Hunt Ronald L. McAnally
Shaanmer (IRE) Edouard de Rothschild Christophe Clement
Sharbayan (IRE) Horizon Stable Wallace A. Dollase
Shoal Creek (IRE) Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan P. O'Brien
Sights On Gold (IRE) Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Sligo Bay (IRE) Columbine Stable C. Beau Greely
Star Vega (GB) John Richard Cuchna, D Pearson & Jim Ford Inc James M. Cassidy
Stormin' Heaven Fog City Stables Robert B. Hess, Jr.
Storming Home (GB) Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum Neil D. Drysdale
Suances (GB) Red Baron's Barn, LLC Darrell Vienna
Sulamani Godolphin Racing Inc. Saeed bin Suroor
Sunday Break (JPN) Koji Meada Neil D. Drysdale
Tap the Admiral Stanley Ettinger Del W. Carroll II
Tapatio (ARG) Gary A. Tanaka William I. Mott
Tareno Mr. P. Byrne Jeremy Noseda
Tau Ceti Niarchos Family John Hammond
The Tin Man Ralph E. & Aury Todd Richard E. Mandella
Tijiyr (IRE) Gary A. Tanaka Donald J. Burke II
Touch of Land Claude Guitton Henri-Alex Pantall
Tronare Stephen Taub & Neil Papiano Kristin Mulhall
Ulundi (GB) David Heath Paul Webber
Volponi Amherst Stable & Spruce Pond Stable Philip G. Johnson
White Heart (GB) Gainsborough Farm, Inc. Neil D. Drysdale
Whitmore's Conn Lynn & Michael Shanley Randy Schulhofer
Closes Wednesday, July 23, 2003 With 109 Nominations
FRANK G. GABRIEL, JR.
RACING SECRETARY / HANDICAPPER

 

 


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