Unbridled's Song, Cigar draw Nos. 9 and 10 outside posts

July 12, 1996|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- The superhorse Cigar and the potential superhorse Unbridled's Song will stand eyeball to eyeball before tomorrow's $1.05 million Arlington Citation Challenge at Arlington International Racecourse near Chicago.

Cigar drew the No. 10 post position yesterday, and Unbridled's Song the No. 9.

"We're hung a long way out," said Cigar's trainer, Bill Mott. "We'll just have to make the best of it."

The Maryland-bred Cigar is the 1-5 morning-line favorite to win his 16th straight race, matching the great Citation's 46-year-old record for horses based in North America during the 20th century.

But the field for this 1 1/8 -mile race, custom-made to lure Cigar to the Midwest, turned up tougher than expected.

In addition to late entrant Unbridled's Song, the beaten Kentucky Derby favorite, the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Honour and Glory, breaking from post No. 1, will challenge the 6-year-old Cigar. Because Unbridled's Song and Honour and Glory are only 3, they will receive significant weight breaks, carrying 118 and 116 pounds, respectively. Cigar will carry 130.

"It's competition, not a setup," said Arlington International Racecourse chairman Richard Duchossois, mastermind of this race. "Unbridled's Song and Honour and Glory aren't claiming horses looking for a payday. Their people think they can make history by beating the unbeatable Cigar."

Duchossois put together the race after Cigar skipped last month's Hollywood Gold Cup because of a bruised foot.

Cigar will race with a patch on his right front foot. And Unbridled's Song will race with a patch on his left front foot.

"We sure could have picked an easier spot," said Jim Ryerson, trainer of Unbridled's Song. "But Ernie felt it was time to take a little shot. We'll see what happens."

The field, from the rail out, with weight, jockey and track odds: Honour and Glory, 116, John Velasquez, 8-1; Eltish, 118, Eddie Delahoussaye, 30-1; Dr. Banting, 118, Garrett Gomez, 30-1; Dramatic Gold, 118, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; Tenants Harbor, 122, Robbie Albarado, 30-1; Polar Expedition, 122, Mark Guidry, 30-1; Jambalaya Jazz, 120, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Wild Syn, 118, Cyril Goodwin, 30-1; Unbridled's Song, 118, Mike Smith, 5-1; Cigar, 130, Jerry Bailey, 1-5.

Pub Date: 7/12/96

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