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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 31, 2004) -- Recent Arlington Park arrival Freddy Fong Jr. rode the first winner of his career on Saturday when he guided The Edwards Group's Coppers 'n' Brass to victory in the first race at the suburban Chicago racetrack.

Fong, a 19-year-old native of Arcadia, California, only began accepting mounts at Arlington on Friday, and finished third in the final race of the afternoon. He had previously ridden at Calder Race Course in Florida. Heading into Saturday's Arlington card, Fong had gone winless from 24 starts.

Fong's engagements are being handled by agent John Hoffman, whose previous client Ray Sibille retired last week. Hoffman also handles the book for jockey Brian Peck.

Fong kept Coppers 'n' Brass just behind the pace set by Pagliacci, who was ridden by veteran Randall Meier. He made a wide rally in the stretch and took command inside the final sixteenth of a mile and was three-quarters of a length best at the finish. The one-mile race was timed in 1:39.15.

"I just followed Mrs. Little's (trainer Pam) instructions," Fong said. "It worked out great."

Sent off at the second longest odds in the race, Coppers 'n' Brass paid $29.80, $12.60 and $7.20.

Arlington Park, the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill., is running a 96-day meet in 2004 from Friday, May 14 through Sunday, Sept. 19. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities - Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at

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