Bright Valour Heads Hanshin Cup Field

From track publicity

Bright Valour, adjudged winner of the 2000 Hanshin Cup and the outright victor the following year, is prominent among nine horses entered in the 2003 edition of the $100,000 Hanshin Cup at one mile on Sunday at Arlington Park.

Now racing in the colors of Ronnie Lamarque and trained by Louie Roussel III, Bright Valour was owned by Lazy Lane Farm and trained by Frank Brothers when second through the line in the 2000 Hanshin, but he was subsequently moved to the top spot when Yankee Victor was disqualified. In 2001, he rallied from off the pace to earn a three-quarter length tally.

In four starts for his new connections, the 7-year-old horse has two wins and a second, most recently capturing a tough optional claiming allowance race by a nose over this track. Chris Emigh has the mount aboard Bright Valour, who has been assigned 116 pounds for the Hanshin, one pound less than the race's four co-highweights.

Sharing top impost of 117 pounds are Richard L. Duchossois' Apt To Be, Frank Lewkowitz' R. Baggio, Glen Hill Farm's Bonus Pack and Stewart M. Madison & Peter Gaffney's Ask The Lord.

Apt To Be has five victories at the one-mile distance of the Hanshin including a victory over this track in the $46,800 Dr. Fager Stakes on June 7. He has won three of his last four races dating back to an optional claiming allowance race score here last October.

R. Baggio and Bonus Pack invade from Churchill Downs where they ran one-two respectively in an optional claiming allowance race under the Twin Spires. Prior to that victory, the former was eighth when facing tougher company at seven furlongs in the grade II Churchill Downs Handicap on the Kentucky Derby Day undercard.

Bonus Pack shipped here earlier in the season and ran second, beaten only a neck by Full Mandate in the $100,000 Black Tie Affair Handicap at a mile and an eighth. Before that, the Tom Proctor-trained son of 1993 Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair was fifth in the grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap in Florida.