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Arlington Park stakes recap (5/29/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 29, 2004) -- Charles Cella's Crafty Shaw pressed the pace from the outside before drawing off to a 1-length victory over defending champion Apt to Be in the Grade III Hanshin Cup Saturday at Arlington Park. Craig Perret shipped in from Kentucky to ride the Peter Vestal-trained horse who covered the mile over a fast track in a meet best 1:35.36.

A 6-year-old son of Crafty Prospector, Crafty Shaw sat just off the pace of Wiggins, who led through leisurely fractions of 23.95 seconds for the opening quarter and a half mile in 47.22 seconds. Crafty Shaw took the lead on the far turn, getting three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.27 as Wiggins started to fade. In the stretch, Apt to Be, the 2003 Hanshin hero, made a three-wide rally but was no match for the winner.

Winning for the 15th time in 39 trips to the post, Crafty Shaw earned $60,000 from the $100,000 purse and is approaching the million-dollar mark in career earnings at $984,440. The Hanshin was the fifth time in the last 10 starts that Crafty Shaw partnered with Perret for a victory.

"We've got a pretty rapport," Perret noted. "I know him real well and I don't over do it with him. He likes it that way. I just let him do his own job. I hit him once and then I switched and shook (the whip) at him left handed to let him know his job wasn't over. When he started kicking it in more, I knew I could leave him alone. He was already focused."

Crafty Shaw was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the seven-horse field and paid $5.60, $3.60 and $2.80.

"I had a perfect trip," said jockey C. H. Marquez Jr., who was riding Apt to Be for the first time in the Hanshin. "I couldn't have asked for a better one. I sat right outside the leaders and turning for home I hoped I had a little more horse but every time I ran at the leader he re-broke and I just couldn't catch him. My horse gave his all. He only had one start so far this year so he might have been a little short."

Apt to Be paid $5 and $4. It was another 2 lengths back to Kodema, who finished third and paid $3.80. Coach Jimi Lee, Attack the Books, Wiggins and Fighting Indians 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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