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Arlington Park release

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


Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Beat Hollow, who justified his favoritism in Saturday's Grade I Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park with a front-running two-length victory, looms a likely early choice for the Grade I Arlington Million later this summer based on the facile nature of last weekend's New York score.

As the traditional signature race of the Arlington Park season, the 20th anniversary edition of the Arlington Million, for 3-year-olds and upward, will be contested August 17 over Arlington's world famous turf course at a mile and a quarter.

Although a British-bred, Beat Hollow, nominated to the Arlington Million, came to the United States for a 2002 campaign after racing in Europe last season. Since coming under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel this year and winning his American debut January 31 at Santa Anita, Beat Hollow finished second, beaten a head in the Grade II Explosive Bid Handicap in New Orleans March 24. The 5-year-old son of Sadler's Wells rebounded to capture the Grade I Woodford Reserve at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 4, and then underlined that tally with his impressive Saturday score on Belmont Stakes Day.

"I told (the jockey) to put him on the lead," said Frankel following the Manhattan. "He relaxed well and had plenty left for the finish. He ran a great race. I think he could have won even if he didn't have an early lead. He's a very good turf horse."

The Juddmonte silks -- green with a pink sash and white sleeves -- are familiar to fans of international racing and more particularly to Arlington Million aficionados. Frankel captured the Million two years ago with Juddmonte's Chester House.

Finishing second behind Beat Hollow in Saturday's Manhattan was Arthur I. Appleton's Forbidden Apple, who pressed the pace of the winner while attempting to repeat his own score in the New York 10-furlong grass test last year. Forbidden Apple is also nominated to this summer's Arlington Million.

Since winning the Manhattan last year, Forbidden Apple captured the Grade II Kelso Handicap at Belmont last October and then ran second in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Mile there later that month. The 7-year-old by Pleasant Colony then journeyed to the Orient to close out his 2001 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Group I Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse.

Sam-Son Farm's Strut the Stage, third in Saturday's Manhattan Handicap, is another nominee to Arlington Million XX. The Theatrical colt, already familiar to Arlington fans after finishing second by a nose in last year's Grade I Secretariat here, was never far back in the weekend New York outing but lacked the needed late response. Strut the Stage was beaten a half-length by Forbidden Apple in the Manhattan after winning the Grade II Dixie at Pimlico on Preakness Day, May 18.

The 2002 Secretariat, restricted to 3-year-olds as always, will be observing its 26th renewal this season and will be contested on Arlington Million Day, along with the 13th running of the Grade I Beverly D. for fillies and mares. Together the three Grade I events make up the one-day International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park on August 17.

The Arlington Million is also the fifth leg of the World Series Racing Championship (WSRC) -- a 14-race series contested on four continents. This year, the series will return to Arlington Park October 26 for the Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf and Grade I Breeders' Cup Classic as part of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. It will be the first time in history that any single racecourse will host three legs of the WSRC in the same year.

Augustin Stables' With Anticipation, fourth in the Manhattan, beaten a half-length by Strut the Stage, is also an Arlington Million nominee, as is the rest of Saturday's field. With Anticipation won the Grade I Man o'War last September.

Caesar P. Kimmel & Ronald A. Nicholson's Blazing Fury, who won Saratoga's Grade III Saranac last summer, finished fifth in the Manhattan, a length and a quarter to the good of Nicholas Diaco & Michael Paulson's Hap, who was compromised at the start on Saturday when he ducked in sharply and almost went over the hedge. Hap finished second in last year's Arlington Million, three lengths behind Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's Silvano.

Gainsborough Farm Inc.'s Slew The Red, seventh in the Manhattan, won a pair of French Group IIIs last summer, taking the La Coupe at Longchamp in June and the Prix Gontaut-Biron in August at Deauville.

Gary A. Tankaka's Krombacher, eighth in the Manhattan, is a German-bred like last year's Arlington Million champion 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.

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