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Three Arlington Breeders' Cup Challenge Winners on List of Breeders' Cup Pre-Entered Horses
Arlington Park again proved to be a stepping-stone for the Breeders' Cup World Championships with three Breeders' Cup Challenge winners, four additional 2009 Arlington stakes winners, nine other Arlington Park '09 participants and five additional horses who raced at Arlington in past seasons listed among the 166 horses pre-entered for this year's event to be run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7.
Leading the way among 2009 Arlington stakes winners pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup is Dynaforce, who earned a berth into the Grade I $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf by virtue of winning the Grade I Beverly D. on Aug. 8. The Beverly D. was part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" format, which automatically places the winners of selected major stakes races at racetracks worldwide including Arlington Park into a corresponding divisional race.
Joining Dynaforce in the Filly and Mare Turf are Pure Clan, who was third in the Beverly D. after previously capturing the Grade III Modesty Handicap here July 11; and the Filly and Mare Turf defending champion Forever Together, who made her turf debut in 2008 by taking the Reluctant Guest Stakes here.
Also taking advantage of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" format is Yankee Injunuity, who captured the $200,000 Arlington Sprint on July 11 to earn his way into the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. The local Sprint was moved to the turf in 2008 in order to serve as a prep race for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint which was run for the first time last year.
Though a designated Breeders' Cup Challenge race for the Grade I $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf, the connections of this year's Arlington Million winner Gio Ponti opted to instead pre-enter that horse into the Grade I $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, North America's richest Thoroughbred race.
Another Arlington Million veteran, Einstein, who ran fifth in both the 2008 and 2009 editions of Arlington's signature race, has also been pre-entered into the Classic rather than the Turf.
Multiple 2009 Arlington Park stakes winner She Be Wild, who captured both the $55,000 Top Flight Stakes on Aug. 8 and the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie on Sept. 5, will likely be among the choices in the Grade I $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies while Informed Decision, heroine of the Grade III Chicago Handicap on Independence Day, is the lone Arlington representative in the Grade I $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
Sea o'Erin Handicap victor Karelian has been pre-entered into both the Grade I $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (on the turf) and the Grade I $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with the turf race being the first preference of his connections. Also pre-entered into both of the two eight-furlong races with the same order of preference is Mr. Sidney, who ran sixth in this year's Million.
Joining that pair on the list of horses pre-entered for the Dirt Mile are Cherokee Artist, who finished third in this year's Grade III Hanshin Cup in May and Join in the Dance, who raced here as a 2-year-old in 2008. Join in the Dance was also pre-entered in the Grade I $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint as was Capt. Candyman Can, who participated in the 2008 Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity.
The Breeders' Cup Turf pre-entries include the Arlington-based runner Telling, who was winless in three 2009 attempts over the local lawn before finding Grade I success in the Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga in August; Presious Passion, who set the pace in this year's Million before tiring to finish last; and Allegre, who began his career at Arlington in July 2008 but is now based in Arizona.
Mint Chip, who made his career bow at Arlington in August, is the lone horse with a local slant to be pre-entered in the Grade II $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. That 2-year-old also has a second preference as a pre-entered horse in the Grade I $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile where he is joined on the list of pre-entered horses by Piscitelli, who finished third in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity on Sept. 5.
Gangbuster, runner-up in the $52,000 Polar Expedition Stakes at a mile and three-quarters, has been pre-entered into the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon at the same 14-furlong distance. He is joined on that list of pre-entered horses by Eldaafer, fourth in the Grade III Washington Park Handicap; and the locally-owned Grade I stakes winner Cloudy's Knight, who was campaigned here regularly in past seasons.
One other horse that made at least one Arlington start has been pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup World Championships - Mushka, who failed to hit the board in the 2008 edition of the Grade III Pucker Up, appears on the list of pre-entered horses for the Grade I $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.
Only the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf is absent any Arlington representation.
This year's two-day Breeders' Cup format has all of the races restricted to fillies and mares plus the Marathon run on Friday, Nov. 6, and the remaining championship races contested Saturday, Nov. 7.
The 14-race Breeders' Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing's richest program with $25.5 million in total purses, will be simulcast to Arlington Park and its network of Trackside OTB facilities.
On Friday, first post at Santa Anita is 1:15 p.m. with the first of six Breeders' Cup races slated to go to the post at 2:35 p.m. Illinois Thoroughbred racing at Hawthorne will start at 2:30 p.m. with a nine-race local card. The following day's action from Santa Anita begins at 12:05 p.m. with the first of eight Breeders' Cup events slated for 12:45 p.m. while the first of 10 races from Hawthorne is set for 12:35 p.m.
Arlington Park will open its Million Room restaurant for a special Breeders' Cup package on Saturday, Nov. 7. For $42 per person, fans will receive admission, reserved seating with a private television, program, a continental breakfast and a world-class lunch buffet. Reservations are required for this package and can be secured by calling (847) 870-6943 or by purchasing tickets online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
Most Illinois Trackside locations will open early on Saturday and offer food and beverage specials throughout the day. For more information regarding Breeders' Cup events at Trackside locations, visit www.arlingtonpark.com/trackside.