From Arlington Park's David Zenner
Arlington Park again proved to be a stepping-stone for
the Breeders' Cup World Championships with three Breeders' Cup
Challenge winners, three additional 2010 Arlington stakes winners, 10
Park '10 participants and six additional horses who raced at Arlington
in past seasons listed among the 184
horses pre-entered for this year's event to be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6.
the way among 2010
Arlington stakes winners pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup is Éclair de
Lune, 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. 21. 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
Park into a corresponding divisional race.
Joining Éclair de Lune in the Filly and Mare Turf are
Beverly D. runner-up Hot Cha Cha who previously won the Grade III Pucker
Up Stakes here in 2009; the 2008 Filly and Mare Turf champion Forever
Together, who made her turf debut that year
by taking the Reluctant Guest Stakes here; and Keertana, who broke her
maiden at Arlington Park in Sept. 2008.
Also taking advantage of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're
In" format is Grade I Arlington Million hero Debussy who has
been pre-entered in the $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup
Among the other horses pre-entered for the Turf are 2008 Secretariat
Stakes (Grade I) winner
Winchester; the one-time Arlington-based Telling, a regular performer
Arlington turf in 2008-09; and 2010 Secretariat victor Paddy O'Prado,
who has also been pre-entered for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
The third Arlington Park Breeders' Cup Challenge winner to take
advantage of the "Win and You're In" provision is
Bridge, who captured the Arlington Sprint here on June 26 and is one of
18 horses pre-entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Two other horses with Arlington running lines have been pre-entered for
the Turf Sprint - Stadivinsky, who won a $35,000 claiming
race here in May before being claimed in his next start at Churchill
Downs; and Due Date, who finished off the board in an allowance race
here in 2008.
Informed Decision, winner of the $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup
Filly & Mare Sprint last year, will attempt to defend her
title in that race. The Jonathan Sheppard-trained mare has won back to
back editions of the Grade III Chicago Handicap over the Arlington
Rinterval, who finished second to Informed Decision in the
Chicago 'Cap, has also been pre-entered for the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Arlington-Washington Futurity (Grade III) victor Major Gain is one of
three horses with
Park ties to be pre-entered in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Turf. The other two are Rough Sailing, a maiden winner here at first
asking Aug. 8; and Willcox Inn, another first-asking maiden winner on
Gio Ponti, the 2009 Million winner who was second to Debussy in this
year's renewal, has been pre-entered in both the Classic and
the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile.
seventh in this year's Beverly D., will return to dirt racing as one of
a dozen distaffers pre-entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies'
The locally based Mad Flatter, third in the Grade III Washington Park
Handicap after winning an allowance race at a one-turn flat
mile, is the lone Arlington
Park representative in the $1 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
Jordy Y, runner-up in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie after
two wins here, has been pre-entered in both the $2 million
Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Giant Oak, winner of the 2009 Arlington Classic and more recently
runner-up in this year's Grade III Washington Park Handicap, has
been pre-entered in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon as has
Gabriel's Hill, who shows an off-the-board finish in a 2007 allowance
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. 5, and the remaining championship races contested Saturday, Nov. 6.
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 off-track wagering facilities.
Friday, first post at Churchill Downs is 1 p.m. Central time with the
first of six Breeders' Cup races slated to go to the
post at 3:10 p.m. The last of Friday's Breeders' Cup races, the $2
million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic will be run under the lights at
6:45 p.m. Illinois Thoroughbred racing at
Hawthorne will start at 1:45 p.m. The following day's action from
Churchill Downs begins at 11:05 a.m. with the first of eight Breeders'
Cup events scheduled for 12:50 p.m. while the first local
race from Hawthorne is set for 12:35 p.m. The final Breeders' Cup
race, the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, will be run at 5:45 p.m.
Park will open its Million Room restaurant for a special Breeders' Cup
package on Saturday, Nov. 6. For $42 per person, fans will receive
admission, program, a continental breakfast and a special lunch buffet.
Reservations are required for this package and can be secured by
calling (847) 870-6943 or by purchasing tickets online at
addition, Mr. D.'s Sports Bar located on the east end of the apron
level of the grandstand will be open both Friday and Saturday. On
the popular sports bar will be open from noon until 7 p.m. while on
Saturday it will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Illinois Trackside locations will open early both days and each location will offer food and beverage specials throughout the
day. For more information regarding Breeders' Cup events at Trackside locations, visit