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SUAVE WINS WASHINGTON PARK ‘CAP IN TRACK RECORD TIME
Denies Perfect Drift Third Victory in Grade II Race
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 29, 2006) -- Jay Em Ess Stable’s Suave employed a perfect stalking trip behind longshot Iosilver, took the lead turning for home and drew off to an emphatic five-length victory in the Grade II $300,000 Washington Park Handicap in track record time of 1:53.53 for the mile and three-sixteenths distance over a fast track. The previous mark of 1:54.27 was set last year by Perfect Drift, who finished second in this year’s renewal.
“(The race) set up like I thought it would,” said winning jockey Calvin Borel, who was aboard the Paul McGee-trained son of A. P. Indy for the first time in the Washington Park. “I thought (Iosilver) had a little cheap speed. We went the first quarter pretty easy and on the backside I let him get away a little bit. I was waiting for Robby (Albarado on Second of June) and Guidry (jockey Mark on favorite Perfect Drift) to come to me. When I asked him at about the quarter pole, he went on about his business. He didn’t pull up or anything. He was just waiting for someone to come to him.”
Under Borel, Suave sat about two lengths off the pace set by Iosilver who led through fractions of 23.16 seconds, 46.02 seconds and 1:09.40 before fading in the stretch. Suave accelerated quickly on the final turn and was never challenged in the lane.
The win was the second straight for Suave, who captured a tough allowance race at Churchill Downs in June. He earned $180,000 for the Washington Park victory, his seventh in 25 starts overall, to swell his bankroll to $1,345,923.
Perfect Drift, the race’s defending champion and even-money favorite who also scored in the 2003 edition, made a mild rally in the stretch but was no threat to the winner.
“He ran great,” said jockey Mark Guidry of the beaten favorite. “I just sat still in the turn and put him in right behind (Suave). He ran a hard race and had a tremendous finish, he just couldn’t catch the winner.”
Second of June was third in the seven-horse field. Nolan’s Cat, O’Connell’s and Iosilver completed the order of finish. Three Hour Nap pulled up on the backstretch.
Suave, second choice in the wagering, paid $9.20, $4 and $3.40. Perfect Drift returned $2.60 and $2.20. Second of June paid $3.20.
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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