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Arlington Park stakes recap (5/15/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 15, 2004) -- Marc D. Goldish & Savoy Stable's Smoke Chaser posted a mild upset when winning the $41,875 Fit For A Queen Stakes by a head over favored Tina Bull on Saturday at Arlington Park. Eduardo Perez was aboard the 5-year-old daughter of Smoke Glacken who covered the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.65.

Content to sit off the pace early, Perez rallied his charge to the front in mid-stretch and was all out to hold off the late charge of the favorite. The 7-2 second choice in the race, Smoke Chaser paid $9.20, $3.60 and $3.

The Fit For A Queen was the second straight victory for the Dale Bennett-trained mare who improved her record to nine wins, five seconds and three thirds from 20 starts. With the $25,125 earned for Saturday's score, her bankroll stands $258,997.

Tina Bull was a clear second in the seven-horse field and paid $3 and $2.60. Youcant'takeme rallied from last at the top of the stretch to finish third and returned $5.20.

Pass The Pepper, Fresh Tracks, Summer Mis and Small Promises completed the order of finish.

Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run 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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