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COME ON CHAS WINS SLOPPY MAC DIARMIDA STAKES
Jambalaya Jazz Gelding Takes Race Moved to Main Track
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 10, 2006) -- George D. Ditola’s Come On Chas rallied from just off the pace to win the $38,025 Mac Diarmida Stakes by eight lengths over 1-5 post time favorite Air Academy. The Larry Rivelli-trained son of Jambalaya Jazz covered the mile and a half distance over a sloppy track in 2:32.04.
Ridden by Eddie Martin Jr., the 4-year-old gelding sat just off the pace of He’s Hammered, took the lead turning for home and drew off for the easy score. He paid $8.40.
The Mac Diarmida Stakes was the second straight win for Come On Chas, who improved his overall record to seven wins from 32 starts. He earned $23,955 to boost his bankroll to $169,412.
“I thought this horse could get a mile and a half and he did,” Rivelli said. “I got lucky with all the scratches but sometimes you need luck in this game.”
Originally carded to be run at a mile and a half on the turf, the race was transferred to the main track following heavy overnight rain and the field scratched down from 10 to just three starters.
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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