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Amazing Results, Chitoz Vie for Lake Michigan Favortism

Churchill Downs Communications | 09/17/2008 #


Team Block’s Amazing Results and Wertheimer & Frere’s Chitoz should vie to be public’s choice in the inaugural edition of the $100,000 Lake Michigan Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park.

Added to the stakes schedule for the first time this season, the Lake Michigan is for 3-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs on the turf and could be considered a stepping stone for sophomores looking to run in the newly-created $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint to be run at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Amazing Results, an Illinois-registered son of Grand Slam, switches surfaces and turns back in distance after notching back-to-back wins over Arlington’s Polytrack. On Arlington Million Day Aug. 9, the Chris Block trainee beat open rivals in the Forward Pass Stakes over seven furlongs, and prior to that was victorious in state-bred company in the one-mile Springfield Stakes on Prairie State Festival Day June 21

Earlier this year, Amazing Results did annex a turf dash with a one-length score in the Black Gold Stakes at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds. Arlington six-time riding champion Rene Douglas gets the call.

Chitoz looks to rebound from a troubled trip in the Gilded Time Stakes at Monmouth Park earlier this month. In that 5 ½-furlong race at the Jersey Shore oval, he was forced out at the eighth pole, and though third through the line the Todd Plecther charge was elevated to the second spot. Previously, the son of Forest Wildcat wired the Anderson Fowler Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs over the Monmouth course. Jeese Campbell, recently returned from an injury to the rotator cuff, has been named.

Completing the field for the Lake Michigan (with riders listed) are: Cottonwood Stables LLC’s Stormy Ballad (Junior Alvarado); Ben Berger & Connie Scanlon’s The Darp (E. T. Baird); Alex & Joanne Lieblong’s Grand Sensation (Chris Emigh); and Dare to Dream Stable & Rebecca Maker’s Pulla Fast One (Eusebio Razo Jr).

Of these, Pulla Fast One carries a two-race win skein over the lawn into the Lake Michigan, having taken a $32,500 claiming contest on Aug. 2 and rallying for the victory in a first-level allowance race at five furlongs.