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ROBIN DE NEST UPSETS FIELD IN BARRY SHIPP HANDICAP

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 13, 2001) -- Robin de Nest rallied from the middle of the pack to post a three-quarters of length victory in the $42,000 Barry Shipp Handicap before an opening day crowd of 7,144 at Arlington Park on Wednesday.

The son of Robin des Pins covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.87 and paid $11.00, $4.40 and $3.00. My Halo was second and returned $3.40 and $2.60. Classic Appeal finished third and paid $3.40. Globalize, Fort Metfield, Magic Doe and Kings Command completed the order of finish.

The victory was the fifth this year and sixth overall for the Tom Amoss-trained 4-year-old. The winner's share of $25,200 boosted his career earnings to $171,385 for his owner, the Tom Boy Stable of Merwyn Sher.

My Halo set the pace in the race, taking the field through fractions of 22.05 seconds for the quarter, 44.48 seconds for the half and 1:09.06 for three-quarters, but was unable to hold off the advance of the winner.

Robin de Nest was in fifth position through the opening quarter while racing well off the inside rail. He was third on the far turn and made his big rally in the stretch to prevail in the final yards.

"I'd never ridden the horse before," said winning jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. "Before the race I asked (the horse's previous jockey) Robby Albarado about him and he told me the horse has one big run. I was a little afraid when I had to use him a bit early but when I really asked him for his big run, he gave me a big run. He's got a lot of heart."

Much of the pre-race focus was on the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained graded stakes winner Globalize, who had not run since finishing 10th in last year's Grade I Belmont Stakes. Ray Sibille, who rode the Sunmmer Squall 4-year-old, said this of Globalize's return to the races: "He ran good. I was right where I wanted to be, right behind the leaders, but I couldn't get out (from racing on the rail). If I could have gotten out, I'm almost sure I would have been right there."

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 and Waukegan. For further information on Arlington Park, visit our website at www.arlingtonpark.com

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