Breeders' Cup Undercard Features 3 Stakes
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2002 6:54 PM
Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2002 6:54 PM
In addition to its eight-race Breeders' Cup Day card Saturday, Arlington Park will run three additional handicaps – an early stakes double before the headline races and a turf course nightcap afterward.
Opening Saturday's racing program as the first half of the daily double will be the $100,000 "Right Here Right Now" Safely Kept Handicap, for fillies and mares at seven furlongs. ("Right Here Right Now" is a current tourism slogan for Illinois.)
The $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap, for 3-year-olds and upward at 1 1/8 mile will serve as the second half of the opening daily double.
Edward P. Evans' Gold Mover, clearly best when winning Gulfstream's $100,000 Herecomesthebride March 17, heads a field of five in the Safely Kept. However, the daughter of Gold Fever has been away from the races since St. Patrick's Day.
In the Black Tie Affair, Flying Column II's Generous Rosi, second by a neck in the Washington Park Handicap (gr. II) at Arlington Sept. 29, is set to match strides with Anstu's Stables Inc.'s Balto Star, second by a length in the Man o'War (gr. IT) on Sept. 7. However, Balto Star was most recently seventh in the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 6.
The $100,000 Steinlen Handicap, for 3-year-olds and upward at 1 1/16 mile on Arlington's grass course, will serve as the final race on Saturday's program.
John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred, who made the pace before weakening late to finish third in the $150,000 Sea O'Erin Breeders' Cup Handicap, heads a field of eight in the Steinlen.
Scheduled 40 minutes after the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic - the richest race in North America - the Steinlen Handicap will conclude the afternoon program of 11 races. The Classic and the Steinlen will also be combined as a late daily double for pari-mutuel wagering purposes.
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