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Arlington Park stakes recap (7/24/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 24, 2004) -- Pin Oak Stable's Bedanken made it two straight over the Arlington Park turf course with a pace prompting, three-quarter length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Modesty Handicap Saturday at Arlington Park. Regular rider Don Pettinger made the trip in from Oklahoma to guide the daughter of Bedanken who covered the mile and three-sixteenths over firm turf in 1:57.

Bedanken moved to the outside of Julie's Prize as the field crossed under the finish line for the first time to press the dawdling pace of 25.37 seconds, 50.67 seconds and 1:15.10 through three-quarters of a mile before sprinting clear at the top of the lane. She opened up by 2 lengths in mid-stretch and held off the late charge of Aud to register the victory.

"Looking on paper, I didn't think there would be a lot of pace," said Pettinger, who has been aboard Bedanken in all 16 of her races. "I wanted to let (Julie's Prize) go and tuck in but they were moving so slow under the wire the first time that I ended up going to the outside to let my filly be comfortable. When I asked her turning for home, she did it."

The Modesty, the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D. Stakes that will be run here on Aug. 14, was the third win in five starts this year for Bedanken, who earned $90,000 to boost her bankroll past the half million dollar mark to $515,449 from a record of 11 victories in 16 trips to the post.

Aud, last for more than a half mile, mounted a late bid in the stretch but was no match for the winner.

"This is the first time I was on this filly," said Aud's rider, Eusebio Razo Jr. "Anthony (trainer Reinstedler) told me to cover her up. When the hole opened up she tried real hard."

Shaconage finished third, followed by Delicatessa, Ocean Silk, Julie's Prize and Blue Sky Baby to complete the order of finish. Beret stumbled leaving the starting gate and lost her rider Chris Emigh, who was uninjured and rode the following race.

Bedanken, the 7-5 favorite, paid $4.80, $3.40 and $2.20. Aud returned $7.40 and $3.40. Shaconage paid $2.40.

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

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