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Arlington Park stakes recap (8/29/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 29, 2004) -- Thunderhead Farms' Rocky River rallied from just off the pace en route to an easy 4-length victory in the $52,800 Spectacular Bid Stakes on Sunday at Arlington Park. Chris Emigh was aboard the son of Concorde's Tune who covered the seven furlongs in 1:23.90.

The Spectacular Bid was the second win in as many starts for the Don Von Hemel-trained 2-year-old, who broke his maiden at first asking on July 28. The $31,680 winner's check boosted his bankroll to $49,680. The race served as the final local prep for the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity, a one-mile race which will be run here closing day, Sunday, Sept. 19.

"He ran great but he's still a little green," said Emigh. "He still wants to run off with me. Then he relaxed but took off again. I finally got him calmed down around the turn, and when I asked him, he just went. He's one of the nicest horses I've ever been on."

Longshot Santana Springs finished second in the seven-horse field. It was another 1 lengths back to co-favorite Departing Now, who ran third. Smoke Smoke Smoke, Expect Wings, Logan's Draw and Lucky Sherman completed the order of finish.

Co-favored in the wagering at odds of 2-1, Rocky River returned $6, $4 and $3. Santana Springs paid $8.20 and $4. Departing Now paid $3.

Also on Sunday, James Mitchum's Radium Ways won the $25,000 Windy City Dash for quarter horses by a length. The Grade 3, 400-yard race was clocked in 20.364 seconds. The 5-2 second choice in the nine-horse field, Radium Ways paid $7.40, $4.80 and $3.60.

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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