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Arlington Park stakes recap (9/4/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 4, 2005) -- William Decker's Strike Me Lucky chased a lethargic pace set by Beau Happy and nailed that rival in the shadow of the wire to win the $41,750 Claire Marine Stakes by a neck on Sunday before a holiday weekend crowd of 11,239 at Arlington Park.

A daughter of Smart Strike, Strike Me Lucky was ridden by Arlington Park's leading jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and covered the mile and a half over firm turf in 2:33.39. Sent off at odds of 9-2, the Grant Hofmans-trained filly paid $11, $5.20 and $2.60.

The victory was the fourth in seven starts this year for the 4-year-old filly. She earned $25,050 for her efforts to move into six figures at $105,050.

Beau Happy and jockey Jesse Campbell tried to steal the race on the front end, setting dawdling fractions of 26.01 seconds, 52.16 seconds, 1:18.67, 1:44.73 and 2:10.29. She did hold on for second and paid $6 and $2.80.

It was another 1 -lengths back to 4-5 favorite Cape Town Lass who paid $2.10 to show.

Baxter Hall, Chequered Love, Grand Illusion and R Lady Deputy 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

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