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ARLINGTON WELL REPRESENTED IN BREEDERS' CUP PRE-ENTRIES
Fans Can Watch and Wager on 13 Arlington Graduates at Arlington Park or Trackside OTBs
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Oct. 16, 2003) -- Arlington Park, host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, proved to be a stepping stone for this year's Breeders' Cup with 13 horses who raced at Arlington Park during the 2003 season listed among the 101 horses pre-entered for this year's event.
The eight-race Breeders' Cup, Thoroughbred racing's richest day with $14 million in total purses, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its seven Trackside OTB facilities.
Arlington Park will open the second floor of the grandstand including all three simulcast centers, Silks Lounge and Deli, the Player's Lounge and concession stands starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Entrance to the parking lot will be from the Wilke Road gate only and all patrons must enter the track through the grandstand entrance on the east end of the building. Admission to both Arlington Park and Trackside Arlington Park will be $3 with the first simulcast race from Calder Race Course in Florida scheduled for 9 a.m.
Trackside Arlington Park, located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road, will open at 7 a.m. that day and the rest of the Trackside locations (Chicago, Rockford, Quad Cities, Waukegan, McHenry and South Elgin) will open at 8 a.m.
Advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup will begin Friday, Oct. 24 at all Illinois Trackside locations.
Arlington-raced runners have been pre-entered in all eight of the Breeders' Cup races with the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (GI) and the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (GI) having the strongest contingent of Arlington starters pre-entered with three in each race.
Leading the trio of Arlington-raced Filly & Mare Turf pre-entrants is Juddmonte Farm's Heat Haze, winner of the $700,000 Beverly D. (GI) over this course on Aug. 16. The Filly & Mare Turf will have a heavy Beverly D. feel with runner-up John & Kris Richter's Bien Nicole and third-place finisher Fox Ridge Farm's Riskaverse expected to join Heat Haze in the starting gate for the mile and a quarter grass event.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al Maktoum's Storming Home and Godolphin Racing Inc.'s Sulamani, the first two horses through the finish line of Arlington Million XXI (GI) on Aug. 16, head the list of Arlington-started runners pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Turf. They are joined on the Turf roster by Ralph & Aury Todd's The Tin Man, who was sixth in this year's Million.
The $1.5 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI) has two Arlington-raced horses on its list of pre-entries while each of the other five Breeders' Cup races has one horse who raced at Arlington in 2003 pre-entered.
Arlington-Washington Futurity (GIII) victor Cactus Ridge, who races in the colors of country music superstar Toby Keith's Dream Walkin' Farms, will carry his perfect four-for-four record into the $1.5 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI). In addition to Cactus Ridge, Robert & Beverly Lewis' Race for Glory, a maiden winner here on July 13, has also been pre-entered in the mile and a sixteenth race.
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap (GII) here on July 19, will carry Arlington's hopes in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (GI), Powered by Dodge. Perfect Drift also ran eighth in the Arlington Million before winning his final Breeders' Cup prep in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (GII).
Darley's Zosima, whose four-race summer campaign was at Arlington Park and included a victory in the $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie (GIII) on Sept. 27, will represent Arlington in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI).
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, the easy 10 1/2-length heroine in the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap (GIII) on Sept. 1 who later captured the $500,000 Spinster Stakes (GI) at Keeneland, will seek her third straight score when she heads to the post in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (GI), Presented by Nextel.
Charles E. Fipke's Perfect Soul, who was fifth in the Million, is the only Arlington starter to be pre-entered in the $1.5 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (GI). 3rd Turn Stable LLC's Honor in War had been pre-entered in the one mile turf race but was withdrawn when it was determined that the Lord At War colt had sprained his ankle.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Ethan Man is the lone Arlington-started horse to pass pre-entries for this year's $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint. The Patrick Byrne-trained son of Glitterman won a third-level allowance race here on Aug. 27 before finishing second in the Phoenix Breeders' Cup (GIII) at Keeneland last time out.
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. -- will run a 96-day meet in 2004 from Friday, May 14 through Sunday, Sept. 19. 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 McHenry, 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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