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SORCERER'S STONE WINS HONEST PLEASURE STAKES
Jockey Mark Guidry Sweeps Weekend Headliners
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 31, 2005) -- Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds' Sorcerer's Stone remained unbeaten in his brief career when he posted a 2 ¾-length win in the $46,950 Honest Pleasure Stakes. The Patrick Byrne-trained son of Maria's Mon traveled the 5 ½ furlongs over a fast track in 1:04.46.
The victory capped off a huge weekend for jockey Mark Guidry, who won four races here Saturday including the Grade II $300,000 Washington Park Handicap aboard Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift.
Sorcerer's Stone vied for the lead with Cole Express for three-eighths of a mile before drawing away in the stretch for the win, his second in as many starts. He earned $28,170 Sunday to boost his bankroll to $57,645.
Cole Express held the second spot, a length and a half clear of third-place finisher M Lee. Guccione, Johnny Thunder and Fly Me Now completed the order of finish. Strong Contender, the 9-5 morning line favorite, was scratched the morning of the race.
Sent off as the 11-10 favorite, Sorcerer's Stone paid $4.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Cole Express returned $2.80 and $2.20. M Lee paid $4.
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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