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RENEW ARLINGTON PARK 0,000 ADDED CLASSIC Valuable Three-Year-Old Fixture Headliner of Array of Features Coupled With Arlington Futurity and Arlington Lassie Stakes, tKe Classic Gives Big Chicago Track Trio of Important Turf Prizes The Classic Stakes, most popular of Arlington Parks attractive array of features, will be renewed this season with an added value of 0,000, it was announced Thursday by John Hertz, chairman of the excutive committee of the Arlington Park Jockey Club. A decision as to the date of the Classic running and details of the other stakes to be offered at Arlington Park this summer will be reached soon, Mr. Hertz said. With 0,000 endowed by the popular north side course, the Classic will be one of the inations outstanding events for three-year-olds for the seventh consecutive season and perhaps will decide the championship in this division. Coming as it does during July, the Classic follows renewals of other important races for three-year-olds and provides the opportunity for leading contenders to the title to settle their differences. BLUE LARKSPURS YEAR. In its inaugural running in 1929, the Classic established Col. E. R. Bradleys Blue Larkspur as the champion three-year-old of that season, his victims including the Kentucky Derby winner, Clyde Van Dusen, and the previously unbeatan and sensational filly, Rose of Sharon. A year later Belair Studs magnificent colt, Gallant Fox, clinched his claim to the championship by defeating the leading western hope, Gallant Knight, in a stirring stretch battle. The 1931 renewal of the mile and a quarter special brought together the arch rivals, A. C. Bostwicks Mate and Greentree Stables Twenty Grand, victory going to the former, with one of the greatest performances of his career. As Faireno and Top Flight went down to defeat before a blazing pace, Morton L. Schwartz Gusto accounted for the 1932 running of the Classic, the victory enabling the son of American Flag to become the leading money winner of the season. Inlander carried the popular Brookmeade Stable silks of Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloane to a Classic triumph in 1933, a muddy track aiding in his defeat of Golden Way, War Glory and other three-year-old stalwarts. Brookmeade came back last summer with its sensational Cavalcade to gain the first double in the Classic. In handily defeating such other crack colts as Discovery, Hada-gal and Riskulus," Cavalcade uncorked one of the most brilliant performances of hi3 career. TRIO OF RICH PRIZES. Coupled with the Arlington Futurity and Arlington Lassie Stakes, which closed for nominations last fall, the Classic gives the north side course a trio of big money events. The Futurity carries 0,000 added and may be worth in the neighborhood of 0,000, while the Lassie, with 0,000 added, is expected to gross 5,000. "These three rich events, in addition to the policy of offering no purse less than ,000 in value, will be largely instrumental in Arlington Park maintaining its position among the countrys leading race courses," Mr. Hertz said. "Our dates of July 1 to August 3 enable the important eastern stables to again participate in Arlington racing following the close of Belmont Park and before the opening of Saratoga."