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Arlington Park stakes recap (6/20/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 20, 2004) -- One day after emphatically ending a season-long slump with a four-win day, jockey Frank Lovato Jr. put an exclamation mark on the weekend with a come-from-behind head victory aboard Sahmkindawonderful in the $42,500 Double Delta Stakes before a crowd of 28,223 on Father's Day at Arlington Park.

"I had a lot of fun (this weekend)," Lovato said. "My instructions were to get her covered up. She was bound to be fresh coming off the layoff. I had to make sure she settled for me, and she did. I sat behind the first flight and I inched my up up along the backside. I had a great trip. The filly was there for me and when I needed to go, she ran. I felt like I was going to get there turning for home but Chris' (jockey Emigh) filly (Chic Dancer) hung in there and gave me a run for my money."

The Rebecca Maker-trained daughter of Sahm was making her first start of 2004 after breaking her maiden in her 2003 finale last October at Hawthorne Race Course. With the $25,500 winner's share, her bankroll now stands at $47,080 for her owners, the Dare to Dream Stable LLC.

Chic Dancer was on or near the pace throughout the mile and a sixteenth race, setting a half-mile fraction of 49.07 seconds and a three-quarter mile split of 1:14.36 but was unable to hold off the winner who rallied in the middle of the course to get up in the final stride, stopping the timer in 1:38.18 for the mile over "good" turf.

It was another half a length back to favored Humorous Miss, who finished third in the 10-horse field. Cats Copy, Lovely Afternoon, Anapest, For Gillian, Dancing Liebling, Bolshoi Ballet and Close Dancing completed the order of finish.

Sent off at odds of more than 8-1, Sahmkindawonderful paid $19.20, $7.20 and $4.40. Chic Dancer returned $5.60 and $3.60. Humorous Miss paid $2.80.

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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