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Arlington Park stakes recap (5/31/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 31, 2004) -- Louie J. Roussel III's Intern was adjudged the winner of the $42,375 Mister Gus Stakes on Monday at Arlington Park. Randall Meier rode the Lara Van Deren-trained gelding. The mile race, which was carded for the turf but moved to the main track after continued wet weather in the Chicago area, was clocked in 1:35.97.

Stormy Impact, ridden by Rene Douglas, was first through the finish line by a nose over Intern but was subsequently disqualified for interference in the stretch to Missme, who was third at the finish.

The Mister Gus was the first win of the year for the 8-year-old son of Dynaformer who ran eighth in his seasonal bow on the turf at Hawthorne. Overall, it was the ninth win in 25 starts for Intern, who went over the $300,000 mark with the $25,425 winner's share from the Mister Gus. His bankroll stands at $321,519.

Intern raced close to the pace from the off the rail and rallied four-wide in the stretch to fall just short of Stormy Impact at the wire.

"He ran hard. That's the way he loves to run," said Van Deren, who indicated she was happy when the race was transferred to the main track. "We can't get to lead early with him, if he does, he'll stop."

Sent off at odds of more than 10-1, Intern paid $22.60, $10 and $8.40. Missme, who was moved up to second after the disqualification, returned $6.60 and $5.60. Stormy Impact was placed third and paid $6.

Gigawatt, Act of War, Ivan Jay Perry, Play It Out and Sir Joe Kelly completed the order of finsh.

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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