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Arlington Park stakes recap (8/13/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 13, 2004) -- Turf Express Inc. and Darrell & Evelyn Yates, Ltd.'s Tamwheel pressed the pace from the outside, took the lead on the second turn and drew away to an easy five-length tally in the $52,400 Mariah's Storm Stakes on Friday at Arlington Park before a crowd of 11,320. Rene Douglas rode the daughter of Gulch who went the nine furlongs on a fast track in 1:50.99.

"She's a racehorse," Douglas exclaimed after the race. "All summer long I've been getting on this horse and Cat (trainer Wayne Catalano) asked my opinion of her. I told him that I thought she was a good one and today she proved it. I was glad to win one for Cat because I think he's a great trainer, one of the best in the country."

Tamwheel sat just off pacesetter Small Promises who led through a half mile in 49.07 seconds. By the time the field had reached the three-quarter mark, Tamwheel was in front, reaching that junction in 1:13.31.

She picked up $31,440 today to boost her seasonal bankroll to $104,240 and her overall earnings to $128,016 from a record of five wins in 12 starts. Sent off as the 19-10 favorite, she paid $5.80, $3.60 and $2.80.

Casual Attitude was second in the six-horse field and returned $6.20 and $3.20. It was another two lengths back to Julie's Prize, who ran third and paid $2.60. Allspice, Small Promises and Hennie's Song 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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