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GOULDINGS GREEN AWARDED VICTORY IN HANSHIN CUP
Favorite Moved To Top Spot Following Disqualification of Fifteen Rounds
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 27, 2006) -- Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.’s Gouldings Green was adjudged the victor of the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup on Saturday at Arlington Park following the disqualification of Fifteen Rounds, who was first by a length under the wire in the one-mile race, for interference to Gouldings Green in the stretch. Corey Lanerie rode the official winner, who paid $4.60, $2.40 and $2.10.
Fifteen Rounds, who raced in second before taking the lead at the top of the stretch, came over on Gouldings Green forcing that rival to take up before coming on again. After a length inquiry and an objection by Lanerie, the stewards awarded the victory to Gouldings Green.
“When I started in that hole there was room for three or four horses in there,” said Lanerie. “It just kept getting tighter and tighter, and I knew he (Chris Emigh aboard Fifteen Rounds) knew where I was so I figured there’d be no problem. I certainly don’t blame Chris. He’s a good rider and he was just ‘race-riding,’ but I think he crossed the line a little bit. I might have done the same thing. But I think I was on the best horse and that he definitely would have won.”
Emigh felt he was clear and disagreed with the call, but Fifteen Rounds’ trainer Christine Janks took the disqualification in stride.
“I think it was a bad call,” Emigh said. “I was clear. You can change paths if you’re clear.”
“The horse won convincingly,” Janks said of Fifteen Rounds. “The other horse never gave an inch. I feel sorry for Chris because Fifteen Rounds came down a little and it wasn’t his fault. He rode a terrific race.”
For Gouldings Green, the Hanshin was the second straight six-figured stakes win. In his previous start, he took the $114,000 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. His overall record improved to six wins from 12 starts and the $60,000 winner’s share boosted his bankroll to $329,616.
With Distinction set the early pace in the race through fractions of 22.83 seconds and 45.20 seconds. Fifteen Rounds had the lead at the three-quarters in 1:09.02 and was clocked for the mile in 1:34.05 before having his number taken down. He paid $3 and $2.40.
Three Hour Nap rallied to finish third in the five-horse field and returned $2.40.
Semaphore Man and With Distinction completed the order of finish.
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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