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CHIC DANCER WINS RELUCTANT GUEST STAKES
Janks-Emigh Team Makes Amends For Saturday Disqualification
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 28, 2006) -- J. Denker and S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s Chic Dancer stalked the pace of frontrunner Listen, put away that rival at the top of the stretch and held off the late run of Beau Happy to win the $42,375 Reluctant Guest by a half-length on Sunday at Arlington Park. Chris Emigh rode the Christine Janks-trained daughter of Joyeux Danseur, who covered the about one-mile distance over good turf in 1:38.58.
The victory provided some solace for the trainer-jockey combination, who saw their number taken down from the top spot in the Grade III Hanshin Cup one day earlier with the disqualification of Fifteen Rounds.
“You just move on to a new day and we’re doing great today,” said Emigh, who notched his third win of the afternoon and second for Janks with the Reluctant Guest score. “Last year, this horse used to be real rank and get nervous before a race. She’s calmed down a lot and this was the first time I was able to gallop her a little bit without her trying to run off. Christine told me, ‘Stay first or second. Don’t worry and you’ll win.’”
Listen set the fractions in the race, getting the first quarter in 24.80 seconds, the half in 48.61 seconds and a three-quarter mile split of 1:14.23.
The Mike Stidham-trained Beau Happy made a late rally to get second, 1 ½ lengths clear of Ms. Lydonia, who is also trained by Janks. Listen, You Dancing Devil, Cercatore, Ayla Bella and Lighthouse Lil completed the order of finish.
For Chic Dancer, the Reluctant Guest was her seventh victory in 17 trips to the post. She earned $25,425 to boost her bankroll to $165,031.
Sent off as the 2-1 post time favorite, Chic Dancer paid $6.60, $4.40 and $3.80. Beau Happy returned $13.20 and $8.40. Ms. Lydonia paid $7.
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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