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Contact: David Zenner
THREE HOUR NAP AWAKENS FOR NATIVE DANCER VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 26, 2005) -- Homewrecker Racing LLC & Hugh Robertson's Three Hour Nap, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity last year, returned to the winner's circle for the first time since that score with a game neck victory over Devilment in the $42,000 Native Dancer Stakes at Arlington Park on Sunday with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard.
The son of Afternoon Deelites pressed the pace from just off the rail, took the lead turning for home and engaged in a stretch-long duel with Devilment before battling back gamely on the rail to better that rival. He was clocked in 1:49.84 for the mile and an eighth over a fast track.
"He ran like he did last year in the Futurity," said an elated Robertson after race. "It's been a long year getting him back to where he should be. His feet were a little sore and then he got the lung infection in Hot Springs. I thought we had that licked but then it came back at Hawthorne. I thought he'd like the grass, but he didn't take to it last time out though maybe it was the soft turf that day. If he comes out of this race all right, we'll look at the Round Table ($100,000 July 16)."
The Native Dancer was the first win in four starts this season for Three Hour Nap, who improved his overall record to four victories in eight starts. The $25,200 payday Sunday boosted his bankroll to $188,000.
Three Hour Nap paid $10, $3.40 and $2.40. Devilment returned $2.80 and $2.20. Pressed was third in the seven-horse field and paid $2.60. Jazzy Gallop, Summer Legacy, Big Slew and Step Right In completed the order of finish.
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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