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Arlington Park stakes recap (9/18/05)

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 18, 2005) -- Fans at Arlington Park on closing day, Sunday, Sept. 18, were treated to a pair of stakes-record performances by promising juveniles.

Robert H. Sheppard's Sorcerer's Stone took the lead turning for home and drew off to win the $198,500 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity by 8 lengths in stakes record time of 1:35.16 for the mile over a fast track. Mark Guidry rode the Patrick Byrne-trained son of Gulch who paid $12, $5.80 and $4.

"He's a very gutsy little horse," Guidry said. "He showed that the first time I rode him. Today, he did it real nice. He relaxed well and turning up the lane, when I pressed on him, he went."

The Futurity was the third win in as many starts for Sorcerer's Stone who earned $120,000 for his efforts. His bankroll now stands at $177,645 and Byrne thinks his best is yet to come.

"He's a real nice 2-year-old right now," said Byrne. "He was a little green down the lane but he was still running at the same time. I couldn't be any happier. It sets up perfectly this year with the Breeders' Cup being at Belmont where it's a one-turn mile and a sixteenth so we didn't feel a rush to go two turns with him though I think he'll be a better two-turn horse."

Charley Tango was second in the nine-horse field and paid $7.80 and $5. It was another 1 lengths back to Red Raymond, who finished third and returned $3. Mr. Pinstripe, Broadway Ridge, Mondavi, Grand Survival, Brunzer and Cool Valley Cowboy completed the order of finish.

Two races earlier, Illinois-registered filly Original Spin, who races in the colors of the Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc., rallied four-wide in the stretch to win the $147,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie by 4 lengths in stakes-record time of 1:35.93 for the mile. Jesse Campbell was aboard the Tony Mitchell-trained daughter of Distorted Humor who is a full sister to stakes winner Humor At Last.

Campbell kept Original Spin behind horses on the backstretch while 15-1 longshot Gleaming Elegance led through a half-mile in 45.08 seconds while dueling with another 15-1 shot, Jazzy Okie.

"Since this filly won the first time, our concern was stretching her out and trying to get her to relax," Campbell said. "I've breezed her twice since she won, both times behind horses. The second work was a perfect work for her, the perfect setup for her. Going down the backside today, there were two sitting in front of me and I'm right behind them. That was the key to this race."

The Lassie score kept Original Spin's record perfect in two starts and the $90,000 winner's share boosted her bankroll to $106,200.

"I've had a little luck with Illinois-bred horses in open company," Mitchell said. "(The Alcibiades at) Keeneland certainly has to be a consideration and if she does well down there, who knows, maybe (the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at) Belmont."

Ex Caelis was second in the nine-horse field. Coolwind finished third. Jazzy Okie, American Diva, Meadow Skippin, Lampoon, Gleaming Elegance and Dyna's Gold Legend completed the order of finish.

Original Spin paid $12, $5.40 and $3.60. Ex Caelis returned $3 and $2.60. Coolwind paid $3.40.

Also on Sunday, Dare To Dream Stable LLC's sprinting mare Nicole's Dream beat the boys in wire-to-wire fashion scoring a 1 -length victory in the $42,500 Taylor's Special Stakes. The 5-year-old daughter of Northern Trend, trained by Larry Rivelli and ridden by E. T. Baird, covered the 5 furlongs over firm turf in 1:02.54, just a tenth of a second off the course record. The 9-5 favorite returned $5.60, $3.40 and $2.40.

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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