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Arlington Park stakes recap (9/11/04)

Contact: David Zenner


Jockey Eddie Martin Jr. Injured In Arlington Turf Headliner

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 11, 2004) -- Stony Oak Farm LLC's Exploited Storm was a gate-to-wire winner in the $44,375 Paradise Creek Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park. With James Graham in the irons, the son of Exploit covered a mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:42.62.

The margin of victory for the Bobby Barnett-trained colt was a length and three-quarters but he had to avoid trouble in the stretch caused by the riderless Sure Prize, who threw his jockey, Eddie Martin Jr., to the turf approaching the first turn. Martin was taken by ambulance to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights for evaluation of a possible shoulder injury.

"We got to about the sixteenth pole and he (the riderless horse) was right on top of me," said Graham, who earlier this week was named the track's Rising Star for the 2004 season. "From then on I just had to keep on riding and make sure that he didn't come in on me and cause me to take up because Brice (jockey Blanc on runner-up Knox) was coming pretty fast."

The Paradise Creek was second straight victory for Exploited Storm, who improved his record to five wins from 16 starts. The $26,625 earned Saturday pushed his bankroll to $135,351.

Knox, the 5-2 post time favorite, rallied from far back to finish second in the nine-horse field, two lengths clear of Gwaihir, who ran third. Fort Prado, Caiman, Persuaggle, Every Advantage and It's Lucky completed the order of finish.

An 8-1 outsider, Exploited Storm returned $18.60, $10.20 and $4.40. Knox paid $4 and $2.80. Gwaihir paid $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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