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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 8, 2006) -- Wexler Racing Stables Inc.’s Kid Grindstone, who missed his last scheduled start because of a foot abscess, returned in stylish fashion with a come-from-behind 2 ˝-length victory in the $41,625 Dr. Fager Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park. Trained by Mike Campbell and ridden by the trainer’s son Jesse, Kid Grindstone covered the mile and an eighth over a fast track in 1:49.97.

Scratched from the May 7 Avers Wexler Illinois Owners Stakes, which was named for his owner, Kid Grindstone has only worked twice since that time and his connections feared he might be short coming into Saturday’s race.

“He only breezed two times since he won at Oaklawn Park (in April),” said the younger Campbell after the race. “I was worried about him being ‘fresh’ but he settled in nice and cruised up to (the leaders) nice. I wanted to be patient with him because I didn’t think he’d be fit enough (off the layoff). He relaxed today and that made all the difference.”

The Dr. Fager was the second straight stakes score for the son of Grindstone, who captured the Grade III Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He earned $24,975 here to boost his bankroll to $172,292 while improving his overall record to six winners from 16 starts.

Even-money favorite Iosilver set the pace in the race through fractions of 24.80, 48.10, 1:11.99 and 1:36.88 but was unable to hold off the eventual winner. Nkosi Reigns was another nose back in third. Air Academy and Wantedtobeagray completed the order of finish.

Kid Grindstone paid $8.40, $3.60 and $2.40. Iosilver paid $3 and $2.40. Nkosi Reigns returned $2.80.

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





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