|Arlington Park Stakes Results
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GALIC BOY REPEATS AS JOHN HENRY WINNER
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 17, 2001) -- Arthur I. Appleton's Galic Boy won Arlington Park's $66,000 John Henry Stakes by a nose for the second straight year Friday at the suburban Chicago racetrack. Ray Sibille rode the Mickey Goldfine-trained son of Irish River, who covered the "about" 1 1/16-mile distance over yielding turf in 1:43.25.
The win his second in four starts of the year and ninth overall for Galic Boy who earned $39,600 for the victory to boost his career bankroll to $274,600.
"Mickey has been pointing this horse for this race all summer," Sibille said afterwards. "He told me when we won (the Overage Stakes) at Hawthorne (in May) that he wanted to win this race again.
"We were a little worried when it rained the other day," he continued, "but when I rode in a turf race here yesterday, I called Mickey and told him it was fine and he had nothing to worry about. That other horse (runner-up Orleans Road) kept coming, but my horse kept digging in."
Buff, the second choice in the race, held the lead for a half-mile before being engaged by second choice Kris's Sleigh on the second turn. That pair matched strides until mid-stretch when Galic Boy moved to the front. Orleans Road made a late rally but could not catch the winner but was 1¼ lengths to the clear of Buff.
Reno Rumble, second in this race last year, was fourth, followed home by Chorwon, Dernier Croise, Smilin' Slew, Ivars Big Peaceful, Kris's Sleigh, Raypour, Swamp and Ile St. Louis.
Galic Boy, who was 11-1 when winning this race last year, was sent off at odds of 19-1 this year and paid $40.00, $18.00 and $9.80. Orleans Road paid $9.80 and $7.40. Buff returned $4.20.
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