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ATLANTIC FROST WINS POSSIBLY PERFECT STAKES
Completes Big Weekend for Jockey Sterling
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 25, 2006) -- After trailing the field for more than six furlongs, Arthur I. Appleton’s Atlantic Frost mounted a furious, four-wide rally to win the $42,250 Possibly Perfect Stakes on Sunday afternoon at Arlington. The Mickey Goldfine-trained daughter of Stormy Atlantic covered the mile and an eighth over firm turf in 1:50.13.
The victory in the Possibly Perfect completed a big weekend for rider Larry Sterling Jr., who won two stakes races here on Saturday during the track’s Prairie State Festival.
“It’s been a good couple of days,” Sterling said. “I’ve had good horses to ride. This horse did it all on her own. I was just along for the ride.”
Atlantic Frost earned $25,350 for the win, her third straight and seventh in 22 starts overall, to boost her bankroll to $195,150.
Leonor Fini rallied to finish second in the eight-horse field. It was another 1 ¾ lengths back to Sobresaliente. Honour Colony set the pace in the race, leading through fractions of 24.49, 49.54, 1:13.38 and 1:38.38 before fading to fourth in the stretch.
Cursora, Sunset Kisses, Cercatore and Mrs. Debbie M. completed the order of finish.
Atlantic Frost, second choice in the wagering, returned $6.80, $3.80 and $2.80. Leonor Fini paid $8.80 and $4.80. Sobrasaliente paid $5.20.
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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