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BETANCOURT BREAKS MAIDEN AT ARLINGTON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 17, 2004) -- Seventeen-year-old apprentice jockey Jose Betancourt Jr. won the first race of his career on Friday at Arlington Park when he guided Wayne Bessler & Plaine Enterprises Inc.'s Forty Ensueno to a three quarters of a length victory in the fourth race at the suburban Chicago racetrack. It was only the third mount for Betancourt, who accepted his first mount last week.
"I had to fight for the lead," said Betancourt, whose engagements are being handled by former jockey Oscar Sanchez. "Turning for home when I felt everyone coming up to me, I started to ride my horse but he wasn't giving me anything. So I flicked my stick, and once I flicked it, he was gone."
In the tunnel on the way back to the jockeys' room, fellow apprentice jockey Emanuel Cosme sprayed Betancourt with a hose while journeyman E. T. Baird doused the young rider with a bucket of water.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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