Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.'s Gouldings Green, winner of the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs earlier this month, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in a well-matched field of five older horses entered for Saturday's $100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Arlington Park.
The one-mile Hanshin is the first of 17 graded stakes races to be contested at Arlington Park this summer.
A 5-year-old son of 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness (gr. I) hero Charismatic, Gouldings Green ran second in last year's Hanshin, beaten only a half a length by Lord of the Game. He has only raced four times since, notching a pair of victories in three starts this season. Trained by Tony Reinstedler, Gouldings Green will be ridden by Corey Lanerie and carry top impost of 118 pounds. He spots his rivals from one to four pounds.
Ken Meeker & Caron Springs Farm's Fifteen Rounds is one of two horses assigned 117 pounds. The 6-year-old Fit to Fight gelding has won eight of 11 races over the Arlington Park main track including the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup Sprint last summer. The Christine Janks charge was able to stretch his speed to a mile last time out in capturing the $39,925 Timeless Native Stakes. Chris Emigh has the mount Saturday.
Also in at 117 pounds is Hugh Robertson and Homewrecker Racing LLC's Three Hour Nap, winner of the Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity (gr. III) in 2004. The 4-year-old son of Afternoon Deelites
has won two of four starts this year including the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course in April. Six for 12 in his career, Three Hour Nap will be ridden by Francisco Torres.
Robert & Beverly Lewis Trust's With Distinction comes into the Hanshin off a second-place run in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) undercard. Earlier this year, the 5-year-old son of Storm Cat
captured the El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita Handicap. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, With Distinction will carry 116 pounds and will be ridden by Eddie Martin Jr.
Completing the field for the Hanshin is Double Bogey Stable's Semaphore Man. The 4-year-old son of Formal Gold
finished second in the $47,000 Prairie Express Stakes at Prairie Meadows in his last start after winning a couple of allowance races at Oaklawn Park earlier this year. Larry Sterling Jr. has the mount aboard the Don Von Hemel-trained gelding.$100,000 Hanshin Cup Handicap (gr. III), 3 & Up, 1 Mile
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, ML Odds
1. Fifteen Rounds (FL), Christopher A. Emigh, 117, 5/2
2. With Distinction (KY), Eddie M. Martin, Jr., 116, 3/1
3. Gouldings Green (KY), Corey J. Lanerie, 118, 9/5
4. Three Hour Nap (KY), Francisco C. Torres, 117, 5/1
5. Semaphore Man (KY), Larry J. Sterling, Jr., 114, 9/2