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KINGSHIP IS KING OF ARLINGTON CLASSIC
Son of King Cugat Emulates His Father
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 1, 2006) -- Exactly six years ago Centennial Farm’s King Cugat won the Arlington Classic under Robby Albarado. On Saturday, Kingship, a son of the 2000 Arlington Classic victor, gamely held on to win the 2006 edition of the Grade III race presented by Woodford Reserve by a nose over the fast-closing Proudinsky. The Ronny Werner-trained colt covered the mile and a sixteenth over a turf course rated as “good” in 1:43.57.
“For a lightly raced grass horse, only his second start on grass, he ran a huge race,” Albarado said. “I was fortunate to ride his sire (King Cugat) and he got over this grass good. Like father, like son.”
Kingship was making only his second start on turf and just his fifth start overall. In his turf debut last month at Churchill Downs, the bay colt was an eight-length winner in a maiden race at the Louisville oval and the ease of victory prompted his connections to take the leap in faith.
“I rode this horse over the dirt and he really didn’t get over it too well,” Albarado added. “The first time on the grass at Churchill, he really showed a lot of improvement and ability. He ran to our expectations that day but today, he exceeded our expectations.”
Kingship led through fractions of 24.36, 48.99, 1:13.00 and 1:37.41. He earned $90,000 to boost his bankroll to $131,165.
In the stretch, Proudinsky, the German-bred son of Arlington Million winner Silvano, dived to the rail and made a furious rally, put a nose in front a stride before the finish but dropped the decision in a head-bobbing photo at the wire.
“He broke slowly, and that cost me,” said Proudinsky’s rider Brice Blanc. “Then he got squeezed back a tad more at the quarter-pole, but he made a good late run and I think he has a world of potential.”
“He ran a good race,” added Mario Hofer, Proudinsky’s German-based trainer. “It was only his third start and he had to overcome a long trip (from Germany to Chicago) three days ago. I think the plan will probably be to run in your next race here (Grade II American Derby July 22.)”
It was another half length back to third-place finisher Arbuckle Bandit. Creative Force, Icy Ridge, 11-10 favorite Storm Treasure, Desert Wheat and Equal Opportunity completed the order of finish.
Sent off at odds of 5-1, Kingship paid $12, $6.20 and $5.40. Proudinsky returned $7.80 and $5.40. Arbuckle Bandit paid $11.40.
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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