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Arlington Park stakes recap (7/3/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 3, 2005) -- Live Oak Plantation's Revved Up chased a moderate pace set by longshot Gwaihir, overtook that rival near the top of the stretch and cruised to a two-length victory in the $197,750 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park before a holiday weekend crowd of 12,868 on Sunday.

Brice Blanc partnered with the Christophe Clement-trained son of Sultry Song who covered the mile and a half over firm turf in 2:28.29. The victory was the second straight stakes score for the 7-year-old gelding whose overall record improved to 10 wins from 24 starts. The $120,000 winner's share boosted his bankroll to $631,216.

Revved Up sat in second for much of the marathon affair while Gwaihir set a moderate pace of 25.27 seconds for the opening quarter, 49.56 second for the half, 1:15.19 through three-quarters of a mile and a mile split of 1:39.86.

"It didn't look like there was much speed on paper," said Blanc, who was riding Revved Up for the first time in the Stars and Stripes. "(Christophe) told me to get the horse to relax. The leader went on and I sat off and relaxed. We got to the second turn and they pressured me a bit and I pressured them back. I asked him to pick it up at the half mile pole and he really responded."

Locally-based Cloudy's Knight followed Revved Up on the backstretch and into the final turn but was unable to catch the eventual winner in the stretch.

"There was no pace," said Cloudy's Knight's jockey, Chris Emigh. "I tried to stay close without pushing too hard. I had him in good position and when I asked him to run he just didn't give me as much kick as he did last time. The other horse just got a little jump on us and we couldn't catch him."

It was another two lengths back to third-place finisher Swagger Stick. Rochester, Gwaihir, Epicentre, Art Variety and Gottabeachboy completed the order of finish.

Sent off as the 5-2 post time favorite, Revved Up paid $7, $3.60 and $2,60. Cloudy's Knight returned $3.60 and $2.60. Swagger Stick paid $3.

Earlier in the day, Carson Springs Farm & Ken Meeker's Fifteen Rounds made a four-wide move entering the stretch to win the $41,750 Better Bee Stakes by a length and a half. Chris Emigh rode the Christine Janks-trained son of Fit to Fight who covered the six furlongs in a meet's best 1:08.80. The 19-10 post time favorite, Fifteen Rounds paid $5.80, $3 and $2.60.

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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