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NICOLE’S DREAM SETS COURSE RECORD IN J J’SDREAM STAKES
Mare Wins Turf Dash Race for Third Time
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 16, 2006) -- For the third time in four years, Nicole’s Dream, who races in the black and white colors of the Dare To Dream Stable LLC of Michael and Allen Faber, won the $47,550 J J’sdream Stakes at Arlington Park. The 6-year-old mare covered the five furlongs of Sunday’s headliner over firm turf in course-record time of 55.90 seconds after leading through fractions of 21.70 seconds and 44.20 seconds.
“She’s pretty awesome,” said jockey E. T. Baird. “She’s been great to me. She’s getting older but it seems to me she’s getting more impressive.”
It was shortly after capturing the 2003 J J’sdream, then an overnight handicap, that the daughter of Northern Trend was purchased by her current connections for an undisclosed sum. After finishing second in the 2004 edition of the race, Nicole’s Dream returned to take the 2005 and 2006 renewals of the grassy sprint.
The J J’sdream was the second straight victory over the Arlington turf this season for Nicole’s Dream, who less than two weeks ago beat male rivals in the $42,000 Smile Stakes. Overall, her record improved to 23 wins from 48 starts and the $28,530 winner’s share boosted her lifetime earnings to $657,904.
Bucky’s Prayer was second in the seven-horse line-up, three lengths to the clear of La Tache, who finished third. Megawattie, Pretty Jenny, Angel Trumpet and Denoun N Deverb completed the order of finish.
Nicole’s Dream, the odds-on choice, returned $3.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Bucky’s Prayer paid $5 and $4.20. La Tache paid $11.
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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