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Arlington Park stakes recap (7/11/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 11, 2004) -- WinStar Farm's Dyna Da Wyna stalked pacesetter Nicole's Dream, then overtook that rival in mid-stretch to win the $38,000 J J'sdream Handicap on Sunday at Arlington Park. Rene Douglas rode the Elliott Walden-trained filly who covered the five furlongs over yielding turf in 58.07 seconds.

The daughter of Doc's Leader saved ground while racing about two lengths off a pressured pace of :22.86 and :46.26 set by Nicole's Dream. Dyna Da Wyna split horses approaching the eighth pole and she was drawing away at the finish.

"She's a freak," said Douglas, who also rode the filly to victory in a five-furlong turf dash at Gulfstream Park in March. "I knew she was a good filly when I rode her in Florida. It's going to take a real good horse to beat her going five furlongs. She beat a nice filly today and she put her away in hand."

Nicole's Dream held on to finish second. It was another length back to Pass the Pepper, who finished third in the five-horse field. Dharma Girl and Rocket Royale completed the order of finish.

The J J'sdream Handicap was the third victory in four starts this year for Dyna Da Wyna, who earlier this season captured the $75,000 Stravinsky Stakes at Keeneland. Overall her record stands at eight wins and a third from 15 starts. The $22,800 earned here elevated her bankroll to $333,901.

Sent off as the 6-5 second choice, Dyna Da Wyna paid $4.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Nicole's Dream, the even money favorite, returned $2.20 and $2.10. Pass the Pepper paid $2.10.

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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