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Arlington Park stakes recap (8/12/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 12, 2005) -- Glen Hills Farm's Indy Groove sat just off the pace of Ghostly Gate, overtook that rival at mid stretch and drew off to win the $47,100 Mariah's Storm Stakes on Friday at Arlington Park. Mark Guidry rode the Tom Proctor-trained daughter of A. P. Indy who covered the mile and an eighth over a fast track in 1:49.68.

"She ran like her old self," said Guidry. "She broke alertly and had me in the race the whole way. I just bided my time. Turning for home, she just spurted off like she always does. She runs hard."

The Mariah's Storm was the first win in four starts this year for the 5-year-old mare who improved her overall record to five wins from 17 starts and the $28,260 earned here boosted her bankroll to $276,575.

For Gillian rallied to take the second spot, 2 lengths clear of Catboat, who finished third in the seven-horse field. Sunset Kisses, Ghostly Gate, Strike Me Lucky and Two Hearts completed the order of finish.

Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Indy Groove paid $5.20, $3 and $2.40. For Gillian returned $3.40 and $2.40. Catboat 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

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