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UP ANCHOR TAKES AWAD HANDICAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 5, 2004) -- Ralls and Foster LLC's Up Anchor employed ground saving tactics en route to a length and a half victory in the $38,000 Awad Handicap, the live feature at Arlington Park before a crowd of 12,725. Chris Emigh picked up his third win of the afternoon aboard the son of Polish Navy, who covered the "about" one mile distance over yielding turf in 1:39.64.
"I had a rail trip the whole way," said Emigh, who was riding Up Anchor for the first time in the Awad. "There was plenty of room and I felt I had the best horse in the race. I rode him like he was the best horse in the race and it worked out. I was only worried about him getting tired, and he didn't."
The Awad was the first race for the Paul McGee-trained colt since finishing seventh in the Dave Feldman Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January. The win was his third in nine trips to the post and the $22,800 winner's share boosted his earnings to $84,375.
Saltire was second in the nine-horse field, a half length ahead of Marley's Revenge. Pure American, Echota, Primm, Wild Eventure, Respectabeau and Prairie King competed the order of finish.
Up Anchor, the 7-2 second choice in the wagering, paid $9, $4.40 and $4.20. Saltire paid $7 and $6.20. Marley's Revenge returned $5.40.
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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