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CHARLOTTE WEBER NAMED AS 'DISTINGUISHED WOMAN IN RACING' FOR 2005; ARLINGTON'S 3RD ANNUAL PENNY CHENERY AWARD TO BE PRESENTED AUG. 11
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 19, 2005) -- Charlotte Weber, prominent Thoroughbred owner, breeder and member of The Jockey Club, whose most recent Live Oak Plantation runners include top Triple Crown participant High Fly as well as the highly regarded sophomore filly In the Gold, will be honored as this year's recipient of Arlington Park's 3rd annual "Penny Chenery Distinguished Women in Racing Award" at an invitation-only charity luncheon to be held Aug. 11 in Arlington Park's International Room.
"I'm thrilled and honored to win such an award and to follow in the footsteps of those distinguished women in racing who have preceded me," said Mrs. Weber, owner and operator of Live Oak Stud, when asked her reaction to being named 2005's Distinguished Woman in Racing.
Live Oak Stud has been in operation since 1968, with the facility racing under the banner of Live Oak Plantation, original name of the Florida farm. Mrs. Weber, 62, of Ocala, Fla., Hobe Sound, Fla., and New York, N.Y., was introduced to horse racing at an early age by other members of her family, and was instrumental in acquiring what had previously been the Florida Farm of P. A. B. Widener III - expanding it to its current status as a 4,500-acre entity.
A native of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Weber studied art and interior design at The Sorbonne in Paris. A member of The Jockey Club in both New York and Kentucky, she also serves as a board trustee to Campbell Soup Company; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association of Kentucky. She is also on the Board of Directors with The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association and is a trustee to The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Live Oak Plantation's High Fly, winner of the Grade I Florida Derby and the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes this winter at Gulfstream, is an expected starter in Saturday's Grade I Preakness Stakes at Pimlico after finishing 10th in this year's Kentucky Derby May 7.
Live Oak's filly In the Gold was most recently second in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 6 after winning Keeneland's Grade II Beaumont Stakes April 14.
In 2004, Live Oak Plantation had its best earnings year to date, and was represented by stakes winners such as Old Forester, Broadway View, Slews Final Answer, and My Lordship.
Arlington's Distinguished Woman in Racing Award is named after Penny Chenery, Thoroughbred Racing's unofficial First Lady since campaigning Meadow Stable's Secretariat to win the Triple Crown in 1973. Previous honorees were Amy Bondon-Peltz in 2003 and Beverly Lewis in 2004. All proceeds from Arlington's Women in Racing Luncheon go to "Riding For A Cure", which has earned more than $140,000 for cancer research since its inception in 2002, including a record $60,000 that was raised in 2004.
Founded by Arlington Park television personality Christine Gabriel, "Riding For A Cure" is a third-party fundraiser for Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, and will be conducted Sept. 12.
The upcoming charity luncheon invitations for Aug. 11 will be extended to women in racing, including owners, trainers, assistant trainers and jockeys and other women involved in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry.
The Honorary Chairperson and Special Guest at this year's charity luncheon and fashion show is Lisa Dent, US99's Afternoon Radio Personality, who is a cancer survivor.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running a 94-day meet in 2005 from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18. 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 Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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