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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner (847) 385-7535


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 8, 2001) -- Jockey Shane Sellers, who came back after an eight-month layoff following a career-threatening injury to his knee, has put that comeback bid on hold at the conclusion of Saturday's race card. Sellers, 34, made the announcement to a stunned crowd moments after winning the $75,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes aboard Larry F. Telle's Double Zero Seven.

"This is a very emotional moment for me after coming back," Sellers told Arlington's Christine Gabriel over the track's television network. "My knee is just not good. The pain is just too much. I'm going to have to take some time off now. I'm going to go home (to Louisville) and consult with my doctors. I'm just grateful that I was able to come back and get to the winner's circle one more time. It (taking some more time off) is just something I have to do. I just have to go back and regroup. Maybe it's time to call it quits but I hope not."

Sellers, 34, is Arlington's single season riding champion with 219 victories here in 1991 and also captured the title here in 1993 with 136 scores. Since returning to action locally on August 26, Sellers won four of 35 races. His mounts also finished second five times and third on three occasions.

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