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Arlington Park stakes recap (7/29/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 29, 2005) -- Ralls and Foster LLC's Eyes On Eddy found a seam along the fence and exploded to the front in the stretch en route to a 10-length triumph in the $46,950 Sweetest Chant Stakes on Friday at Arlington Park. With James Graham in the saddle, the Paul McGee-trained daughter of Touch Gold covered the mile over a fast track in 1:35.53.

"She did everything right today," said Graham, who has ridden the 3-year-old filly in five of her last six races. "Last time (July 9), she was a bit more aggressive than usual. I couldn't get her tucked in and she just got beat on the wire. Today, she settled real good in behind horses. In the middle of the turn, she took me into a hole. She got into the hole and out of it just as quick. She really accelerated down the lane."

Eyes On Eddy chased a stout pace set by Pretty Jenny, who led through speedy fractions of 22.47 seconds, 45.07 seconds and 1:09.79.

"I knew they were going fast," Graham continued. "My filly has a little bit of speed and today we got to pick them up late."

The Sweetest Chant was the second win of the year for Eyes On Eddy, who picked up $28,170 to boost her bankroll to $119,370, an impressive sum considering this filly very nearly died before even making it to the races.

"I was looking forward to coming to Louisville to see this filly make her debut and to celebrate my wife's birthday," co-owner Dennis Foster recalled. "It was about 6:30 in the morning and Paul called to tell me the filly got loose, ran into a washing machine, got up, kept running around the corner past (D. Wayne) Lukas' barn and took on a dumpster head on.

"I made a beeline to Road & Riddle Clinic in Lexington and I got there at about the same time the filly arrived," he continued. "She came out of there with four tubes and many stitches but Dr. Ruggles told me she was going to make it. I asked if she'd make it to the races and he said she might since there was no joint or bone damage.

"She had one tube in her for about six weeks and we put her back into training around the first of September. We got a maiden race into her at the end of the Churchill (Fall) meet. She probably wasn't 100 percent fit but we wanted to get her used to racing,"

Modjadji was second in the six-horse field. It was another 5 lengths back to Miss Matched. Stormy Venus, Pretty Jenny and Proud Brush completed the order of finish.

Eyes on Eddy paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.20. Madjadji returned $3 and $2.10. Miss Matched paid $2.10.

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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