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Chamberlain Bridge Favored in the $200,000 Arlington Sprint
Carl Moore Management's Chamberlain Bridge, winner of his last two starts on turf, will head to post as likely favorite in the $200,000 Arlington Sprint, a race moved to the turf last year to serve as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
The Sprint has been selected as one of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge Races. The winner of the Arlington Sprint will be entitled to automatic entry in the 2009 running of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint subject to the payment of all pre-entry and entry and supplementary (if applicable) fees. This year's Breeders' Cup World Championships will he held Nov. 6-7 during the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
The race is one of four major stakes that comprise the track's Million Preview Day program. In addition to the Sprint, the 12-race card includes the Grade II $300,000 American Derby, the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap, the Grade III $200,000 Modesty Handicap and two overnight stakes races - the $50,000 Diamond Ring Stakes and the $50,000 Pink Ribbon Stakes.
Saturday's card includes a $100,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool covering races nine through 12 and the guarantee is only valid should all carded turf races included in the Late Pick 4 sequence remain on the turf.
A son of War Chant, Chamberlain Bridge captured the Grade III Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs by a neck on May 1 and followed that score with a half-length tally in the J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys & Girls Club Stakes later that same month. Trained by Bret Calhoun, the 5-year-old gelding will be ridden by Jesse Campbell.
Encore Racing Stable's Yankee Injunuity was runner-up to Chamberlain Bridge in that Indiana race and followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the Grade III Highlander at Woodbine Race Course in his last start. The locally based Jim McMullen-trained son of Yankee Victor won the $50,000 Don Ciccio Stakes on turf at Hawthorne Race Course last fall at the Sprint's 5 ½-furlong distance. E. T. Baird gets the call.
Trainer Chris Block sends a pair of Team Block-owned Illinois-breds from his stable to the Sprint - Fort Prado, winner of the Black Tie Affair Handicap for the fourth time in five years in his last start - and Shrewd Operator, runner up in an open allowance last out after capturing a second-level state-bred allowance in the start prior. Block has named Eduardo Perez to guide Fort Prado and Robby Albarado to partner with Shrewd Operator.
Silverton Hill's St. Joe carries a three-race win skein into the Sprint for trainer Darrin Miller. Julien Leparoux will ride the son of Trippi.
Completing the field for the Arlington Sprint (with riders listed) are: Alex & JoAnn Lieblong's Grand Sensation (Chris Emigh) and Kenneth Hoffman's Stradivinsky (Inez Karlsson).