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RANDALL MEIER EARNS 3,500TH VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 19, 2001) -- Jockey Randall Meier became the 61st rider to win 3,500 races when he guided Dean Huisman's Ubiquitous Boy to a nose victory in Thursday's ninth race at Arlington Park.
"I want to thank everyone who helped me get to 3,500 wins," Meier said. "It's a lot of winners and a lot of people in Chicago helped me do that. My son Brandon was the only one from my family here today. My wife and my daughter were looking at colleges, so I'm going to have to keep winning races.
"To (win my 3,500th race), to do it here and the year that I've already had has just been incredible," said Meier, who returned to riding less than a year ago after being sidelined for more than nine months with a career-threatening back injury. "A year ago I wasn't even racing, I was still recouping (from my injuries)."
Before receiving a specially embroidered jacket to commemorate the occasion from Frank Gabriel Jr., Arlington's vice-president of racing and operations, Meier was joined in the winner's circle by his son Brandon. Fellow riders Mark Guidry and Lupe Macias dumped a bucket of ice water on him and then sprayed him with champagne. Meier's agent, Penny Fitch-Heyes, was also in the winner's circle.
Ubiquitous Boy vied for the lead from the outside in the six-furlong race and prevailed over Jet Away in a hard drive.
The 46-year-old reinsman, who rode his first winner at Fonner Park in his native Nebraska in 1972 has been riding at Arlington since 1982. He is 14th on the list of Arlington's all-time leading riders with 457 victories over the oval. Meier is also the all-time leading rider at both Sportsman's Park and Hawthorne Race Course.
Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., will run its 102-day live racing meet from June 13 through October 28, 2001. Arlington Park, which merged with Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) in September 2000, also operates five off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities -- "Trackside" at Arlington Park (Arlington Heights) and Quad City Downs (East Moline), and in Chicago, Rockford, Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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