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Arlington Park stakes recap (5/29/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 29, 2005) -- Arthur I. Appleton's Atlantic Frost and Barbara H. Serio's Vitamin Bag shared honors in split divisions of the Reluctant Guest Stakes before a holiday weekend crowd of 11,727 Sunday at Arlington Park.

In the $42,625 first division of the one-mile turf stakes, Atlantic Frost sat well off the early pace and found a seam between horses inside the sixteenth to blow to the front and draw off to win by three lengths in 1:37.78 over good going. A 7-1 outsider, she paid $17.40, $8.60 and $6.

"I figured the race would set up this way," said winning jockey Larry Sterling Jr. "If I didn't have a lot of horse to get through at that time, the hole would have closed up pretty quickly. I had plenty of horse."

"I knew last year she was a nice filly," said trainer Mickey Goldfine of the 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly. "She has a really good turn of foot and she'll go a little further. I would like to point toward the (Grade III) Modesty (on July 23) with a race in between now and then."

Samantha B. was second and paid $8.40 and $5.60. Sunset Kisses finished third, returning $4.60.

Vitamin Bag, a 40-1 longshot, took the lead on the backstretch and held on to win the $42,375 second division by a half-length over Ghostly Gate. E. T. Baird rode the Greg Geier-trained daughter of Bag who traveled the mile in 1:38.07 and paid $82, $23 and $8.60.

"We broke good," said Baird. "Chris Emigh (aboard Ms. Lydonia) and Earlie Fires (on Ghostly Gate) were out there and they were going pretty good the first part. It just happened to break our way down the backside. She was running her own race and she felt real comfortable."

Ghostly Gate paid $6 and $4. Ms. Lydonia was third and paid $6.80. The trifecta coupling the top three finishers returned $4,278.40.

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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