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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park stakes recap (5/22/04)

Contact: David Zenner
Dzenner@arlingtonpark.com

PRINCESS PELONA WINS SOGGY RELUCTANT GUEST HANDICAP

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 22, 2004) -- Pope McLean's Princess Pelona, making her first start since February, showed no signs of rustiness en route to a front running, 4-length tally in the $38,000 Reluctant Guest Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park. Eusebio Razo Jr. rode the daughter of El Prado who covered one mile over a muddy track in 1:37.84.

The Reluctant Guest, for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and upward, was originally carded to be run at about one mile on the turf but was transferred to the main track after heavy rains pelted the area over the last several days.

Trained by Greg Geier, Princess Pelona won for the second time in three starts this year. The 4-year-old filly captured her seasonal debut against allowance company at the Fair Grounds in January and then ran third in the $100,000 Chou Croute Handicap at the New Orleans oval. She earned $22,800 Saturday to boost her bankroll to $109,172.

"She's a real nice filly and she just keeps getting better," said assistant trainer Andy Hansen.

"I've been working this filly since she came back from the Fair Grounds," added Razo. "Every time I've worked her, she's worked nice. Today, she just came out of there and I sat on her. She wanted to run the whole way, but I waited. Turning for home when I asked her, she just drew away from them. The sloppy track didn't bother her. I think she can run on any kind of track."

Sent off at odds of 7-10 in the field of six, Princess Pelona paid $3.40, $2.80 and $2.40. Kentucky invader Mymich was second and returned $3.40 and $3. It was a length and a half back to third-place finisher Cheryl's Myth who paid $4.

Delicatessa, Sweetwater Promise and Double Halo 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 www.arlingtonpark.com.

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