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Stakes Recap: Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap (Grade III)

TRIP WINS CHICAGO BREEDERS' CUP HANDICAP

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 16, 2001) -- Claiborne Farm's Trip overtook pacesetter Hidden Assets inside the sixteenth pole to earn a half-length victory in the $157,270 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park. Craig Perret rode the daughter of Lord At War who covered the seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:22.18.

The victory was Trip's seventh in 16 lifetime starts and the winner's share of $99,312 boosted her career earnings past the half-million mark to $518,168. The winner, sent off as the third choice in the wagering, paid $9.00, $4.80 and $2.80.

It was the second Chicago Breeders' Cup win for both Perret and trainer Frank Brothers. Perret captured the 1991 renewal astride champion sprinter Safely Kept while Brothers trained 1989 victress Rose's Record.

"I kept watching the races and I saw that speed was tough," said Perret, who rode his first career winner at Arlington 34 years ago this week. "I knew my filly wouldn't show the speed she had shown going two turns but Mr. Brothers said he had to try her going seven-eighths. She put me in the race comfortably and when I needed her, she was right there and she outgamed the other filly."

Hidden Assets broke on the front and led the seven-horse field through quick fractions of 21.90 seconds for the quarter, 43.96 seconds for the half-mile and 1:08.56 for three-quarters of a mile before giving up the lead late to the eventual winner. Hidden Assets, second choice in the betting, paid $4.80 and $3.20.

"We didn't get anything out of her last race (the Regal Rumor at Hawthorne May 26)," said jockey Jeremy Beasley, who rode the runner-up. "She tried as hard as she could. She needed this (race) more than anything. Hopefully we'll get her next time."

Rose of Zollern rallied from far back to finish third, returning $2.40. The Happy Hopper, Linda Love, Must Be a Lady and Please Sign In completed the order of finish.

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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