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Arlington Park stakes recap (5/14/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 14, 2005) -- John C. Oxley's Miss Matched tipped three-wide approaching the top of the stretch, took the lead in deep stretch and held off the late charge of Seeinsbelieven to win the $40,000 Ribbon Handicap by a head Saturday at Arlington Park. Arlington newcomer Shaun Bridgmohan rode the daughter of Cure the Blues who covered six furlongs over a fast track in 1:11.34.

Lady Carmen and Tally Ho Dixie set the early pace with wind-aided fractions of 22.02 seconds for the quarter and 44.73 seconds for the half mile before being overtaken by the eventual winner and fading through the field.

"She broke really well and sat nice," said Bridgmohan. "I got her out around the turn and she stuck her head in front at the eighth pole. The more I asked her, the more she gave me."

The Ribbon was the second straight win for the Miss Matched, who captured an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on April 9 in her return to action after a six-month layoff.

"She had a chip in her knee last year that was bothering her," said Ward, who has a string of horses at Arlington for the first time this season. "I was trying to bring her back slowly and she ran well in that last race."

She earned $24,000 to boost her career bankroll to $116,000 while picking up her third win in five lifetime starts.

Seeinsbelieven made up more than 10 lengths in the stretch but came up a head short at the wire. It was another half-length back to Whimsy, who finished third in the seven-horse field and was followed by Lady Carmen, Princess B G, Tally Ho Dixie and A Classic Life to complete the order of finish.

Second choice in the wagering at odds of slightly more than 5-2, Miss Matched paid $7.20, $5 and $2.60. Seeinsbelieven returned $13 and $4. Whimsy paid $2.20.

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

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