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Arlington Park stakes recap (6/5/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 5, 2005) -- Linda & Jeff Lafoy's Just See James, making his first start since last September, rallied four-wide in the stretch to win the $40,000 Zen Handicap by a half-length at Arlington Park on Sunday. Randall Meier rode the son of The Name's Jimmy who covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.76, the fastest clocking at the distance here since 2000.

"The other morning when I worked him, he worked excellent," said Meier. "I knew he was a good one when I rode him last fall but then he got hurt. They gave him time. They were stepping pretty good (today). He was a bit 'fresh' at the start but then he settled. At the three-eighths pole I said to myself, 'I got the two on the lead.' Down the lane, he just exploded just like he did the other morning."

The Kris Turner trainee earned $24,000 for the Zen to boost his bankroll to $90,820 while bettering his record to four wins and a second from seven starts.

Big Bold Sweep rallied three wide but was outfinished by the winner and had to settle for second, three lengths clear of Wiggins. Even-money favorite Silver Bid ran fourth, followed by Bold Caller, Persuaggle, Jack of My Heart and Medicine Eyes.

Just See James paid $14, $7.20 and $4.60. Big Bold Sweep returned $5.80 and $4. Wiggins paid $3.80.

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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