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Arlington Park stakes recap (7/30/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 30, 2004) -- Bernard G. Schaeffer's Fly Away Angel made a five-wide move into the stretch put to her head in front at the eighth-pole en route to a half-length victory in the $54,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes on Friday at Arlington Park.

John McKee came in from his Kentucky homebase to guide the William Connelly-trained daughter of Skip Away who covered the mile over a fast track in 1:36.97. Sent off at odds of nearly 11-1, she returned $23.60, $11.40 and 8.60.

"The horse was really sharp," said McKee, who earlier in the day captured the fifth race aboard Joseph E. Haller's Dynareign. "The fractions really set up well for us."

Fly Away Angel sat well off the pace set by Twice a Deelite, who led through quick fractions of 22.97, 45.64 and 1:10.61 before fading to the last field of 10 3-year-old fillies.

The Sweetest Chant was the second straight victory for Fly Away Angel, who earned $32,400 to push her bankroll into six figures at $108,220.

Catboat stalked the pace and battled the eventual winner in the stretch but had to settle for the place spot. The 23-1 outsider paid $21.20 and $10.80. Miss Moses (7-1) rallied from far back to finish third and pay $7. The trio of longshots spurred a trifecta payoff off $4,744.80 and with fourth-place runner Ghostly Gate (16-1) thrown into the mix, the superfecta returned $14,659.40.

Favored Last Song, Cats Copy, Touch of Victory, Twilight Gallop, Perennial Favorite and Twice a Deelite completed the order of finish.

Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running 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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