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Dreaming of Liz Heads Inaugural American 1000 Guineas

Churchill Downs Communications | 05/21/2008 #
  • Dreaming of Liz wins the Double Delta Stakes at Arlington Park on opening day of the 2008 season.

Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie here last September, takes to the turf for the first time in a field of 10 sophomore fillies entered for Saturday’s inaugural running of the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas to be run at a mile over Arlington Park’s world-famous turf course.

The 1000 Guineas, the first race of its kind in this country but popular in other racing jurisdictions worldwide, is one of three stakes races to be run at Arlington on the Saturday program. Also to be contested here May 24 are the $150,000 Arlington Classic, for 3-year-olds at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, and the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup at one mile on Polytrack.

A daughter of El Prado, Dreaming of Liz is making her turf debut in the American 1000 Guineas after her most recent effort, a victory in the $56,100 Double Delta Stakes on opening day May 2, was moved to Polytrack after a rain storm the morning of the race. The Double Delta win snapped a four-race losing streak for the Wayne Catalano-trained miss. Hall-of-Fame jockey Earlie Fires, who rode Dreaming of Liz for the first time in the Double Delta, gets a return call here.

Though Dreaming of Liz might be the most familiar name to local race goers, 2-1 morning line favoritism was bestowed upon Pin Oak Stables LLC’s Much Obliged. The Kingmambo filly finished sixth in the Grade III Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in her last trip to the post after she previously scored a victory in an allowance race over the turf at the Fair Grounds and a maiden score over the New Orleans lawn prior to that. Trained by Malcolm Pierce, she will be ridden Saturday by Chris Emigh.

Another likely to receive support Saturday is Haras Santa Maria de Aras S. A.’s Scolara, winner of her last two attempts over turf. Rene Douglas gets the nod for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott for the 1000 Guineas.

Completing the field for the American 1000 Guineas are: Robert Gorham & Mast Thoroughbreds LLC’s Nijinsky Ballet; a coupling of Majestic Farms LLC’s Elle Tish Slew & Carolyn Friedberg & Majestic Farm LLC’s Three Graces (Jesse Campbell named aboard both); Lloyd Madison Farms IV LLC’s Valentine Fever (Larry Sterling Jr.); Mount Joy Stables’ Cubs Fan (Eusebio Razo Jr.); Nancy Vanier, Cartwright Thoroughbreds VIII & Oak Knoll Farm LLC’s Jolie Visage (Eduardo Perez); and A. Stevens Miles’ Seemingly (James Graham).