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RICH FANTASY EASY WINNER IN RIBBON HANDICAP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 13, 2006) -- Oxbow Racing LLC’s Rich Fantasy battled longshot Lillians Choice for a half-mile, put that rival away at the top of the stretch and drew off for a decisive six-length victory in the $49,600 Ribbon Handicap on Saturday at Arlington Park. Francisco Torres rode the Ronny Werner-trained daughter of Richter Scale who covered the six furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:09.51 after fractions of 22.17, 45.27 and 57.22.
The win was the first this year for the Illinois-foaled 3-year-old filly, who twice finished second in stakes races this year including a runner-up placing in the $100,000 Lady Hallie Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course in her last trip to the post. Overall, her record improved to three wins and two seconds from seven starts, and the $33,900 winner’s check boosted her earnings to $135,955.
Coolwind, a graded stakes-placed filly, rallied for second money, three-quarters of a length ahead of Lizzy’s Township, who finished third in the six-horse field. Jazzy Okie, Keystone Gulch and Lillians Choice completed the order of finish.
Rich Fantasy, the 9-10 favorite, paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10. Coolwind returned $3.80 and $2.80. Lizzy’s Township paid $3.
Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 95-day meet in 2006 from Friday, May 5 through Tuesday, Sept. 12. 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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