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Arlington Park stakes recap (9/17/04)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 17, 2004) -- Lamont H. Nienast LLC's Synco Peach led from start to finish and prevailed by a half length in the $40,000 Unique Type Handicap for Illinois-bred distaffers Friday at Arlington Park.

Larry Sterling Jr. rode the daughter of Whadjathink who covered the mile in 1:38.13 after setting fractions of :24.10, :47.33, 1:11.96 and 1:24.61 along the way.

The Unique Type was the fifth victory in seven starts this year for the homebred 4-year-old and the sixth in 10 starts overall for the Percy Scherbenske-trained filly who earned $24,000 Friday to boost her bankroll to $154,380.

Cashmere Miss made a belated rally to finish second in the seven-horse field. It was another head back to third-place finisher Gracility. Fighting Fever, Indian Jewel, Expendable and Natural Image completed the order of finish.

Synco Peach, the 7-10 favorite, paid $3.40, $2.80 and $2.20. Cashmere Miss returned $4.80 and $3. Gracility paid $2.40.

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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