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Chief of Affairs Favored in Wide Open Arlington Sprint

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/13/2011 #

A competitive group of 10 dashers, headed by Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch’s Chief of Affairs, has been assembled for Saturday’s $100,000 Arlington Sprint, a 5 ½-furlong turf race that will go as the 8th of 10 races on the July 16 program.

A son of Yonaguska, Chief of Affairs moves to the turf after finishing second as the 7-5 favorite in the $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial Northwestern Pennsylvania Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in his last start June 22.  Earlier this year, the 5-year-old gelding won the $75,000 Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park and then finished third in the Grade III Count Fleet Handicap at the Arkansas oval.  Trained by Bret Calhoun, who saddled Chamberlain Bridge to win the 2010 edition of this race as well as the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs last November, Chief of Affairs will be ridden by Jesus Castanon.

Late Night Stables’ Birdie Beats Par seeks his second straight victory after wiring a second-level allowance going five furlongs over the Churchill Downs lawn on June 10.  Trained by Tom Amoss, the 3-year-old Aragorn gelding is five for five in the money this year with three victories at three different tracks in his last four trips to post.  James Graham picks up the mount.

Richard, Bertram & Elaine Klein’s Country Day returns from an eight-month layoff.  The Steve Margolis charge won the 2010 Hot Springs at Oaklawn and that year’s Boyes Memorial at Presque Isle as well as a tough allowance turf sprint in his last race before the layoff.  Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount on the 5-year-old son of Speightstown.

Encore Racing Stable and Ginger Haas’ Yankee Injunity, the 2009 Arlington Sprint victor, turns back to a sprint distance after finishing sixth in a $100,000 stakes race at Indiana Downs.  The Jim McMullen trainee will be ridden by E. T. Baird, who was aboard the son of Yankee Victor for his 2009 Sprint tally.

Others in the race (with riders listed) include: Harold Queen & Gene Gilmore’s Capitol Appeal (Ronnie Allen Jr.), winner of a third-level allowance at Presque Isle; Silverton Hill’s Havelock (Jermaine Bridgmohan), third in the Grade III Hanshin Cup earlier this meet; Wildcat Thoroughbred’s Homeboykris (Seth Martinez), runner-up in a five-furlong Polytrack race last out; Patrick Scanlon’s Jr’s Exchange (Eduardo Perez), a three-time turf dash winner at Tampa Bay Downs this winter; Clement, Flood, Hoagland & McCarty’s Threeforall (Aldo Canchano), a winner of a Churchill Downs turf sprint in May; and Mary Jean Bonfili’s Wekiva Wachee (Jozbin Santana), victor in a second-level allowance at Tampa Bay in April.