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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.-Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Fiesty Countess, a double stakes winner at Lone Star Park this summer, should rule the choice when she heads a field of six sophomore distaffers in Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington Oaks.

The 21st running of the mile and an eighth test serves as the main event of the Chicago summer season for three-year-old fillies. The race is the final graded stakes offering prior to the Arlington Million and the International Festival of Racing the following weekend at Chicago's premier thoroughbred oval.

In her last trip to the post July 1 in the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows, Fiesty Countess made the pace briefly before weakening to finish third. However, before that the daughter of Count the Time had won the $125,000 Mesquite Breeders' Cup at Lone Star June 10 by coming from off the pace for a two and a half-length score over a course labled as "sloppy."

Two starts back, on May 20 at the Texas oval, Fiesty Countess had tallied by five and three quarters in the $75,000 JEH Stallion Stakes after coming from well behind the early leaders. She will shoulder the top impost of 118 pounds in the Oaks and be ridden by Tim Doocy.

Named to oppose Fiesty Countess in the Arlington Oaks are: William Stiritz' Robbin Banks, 111, Eddie Razo Jr.; Jack McNulty's Polish Penny, 111, Ray Sibille; James C. Ruthsong's Megans Bluff, 113, Mark Guidry; Ted Engel, Dan C. & Timothy J. Muckler's My Turn Kissin, 111, Alfredo Juarez Jr.; and Wendy's Ten Partnership's Instinct, 111, Frank Lovato Jr.

Likely to provide strong competition for Fiesty Countess is Megans Bluff, who finished second in her last trip to the post July 14 at Thistledown in the $60,000 Cleveland Oaks. In a turf outing at Churchill Downs before that June 22 at the nine-furlong distance, the daughter of Pine Bluff won by a half-length for her third straight trip to the winner's circle.

Of the others, Robbin Banks could prove troublesome. The Robin des Pins filly posted a win at the local meeting in June, a second in the $45,000 Ribbon Stakes July 4, and a third in the $50,000 Flawlessly on the grass July 15.

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