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LIZ ON POLK STREET WINS SAFELY KEPT STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 5, 2005) -- Frank C. Calabrese's Liz On Polk Street rallied from just off the pace to win the $41,750 Safely Kept Stakes by two lengths in front of a Labor Day holiday crowd of 10,529 at Arlington Park. The homebred daughter of A. P. Indy was ridden by Arlington's leading jockey Shaun Bridgmohan and traveled the six furlongs in 1:09.41.
Trained by Wayne Catalano, the 4-year-old filly won for the second time in seven starts this year to better her overall record to six victories, a second and three thirds from 14 starts. The $25,050 winner's share boosted her bankroll to $149,330.
"She broke very sharply and put herself into the race quickly," said Bridgmohan. "I was just a passenger and when I pushed the button, away she went."
"Her feet were bugging her a little bit," added Catalano. "She's a nice filly so we took our time to get it right. The last race she ran in ($40,000 Iowa State Fair Stakes at Prairie Meadows on Aug. 20) gave her some stamina to finish up this race today. I thought everything was coming our way and it looked like it might be our day. Frank anticipates selling the broodmare (Silver Maiden) in a sale and having a black-type winner is a big feather in her cap."
Beautiful Bets rallied from last at the top of the stretch to finish second, two lengths ahead of Silver Crown. No Llores Catita, 5-2 favorite Bluesbdancing, Goldleafed Mirror and Rich City Girl completed the order of finish.
Second choice in the wagering, Liz On Polk Street paid $7.60, $5.40 and $3. Beautiful Bets returned $6 and $3.60. Silver Crown 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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