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THERECOMESATIGER ROARS TO SEA O’ERIN BC MILE VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 5, 2006) – Charles R. Patton’s Therecomesatiger split horses at the top of the stretch, engaged Le Cinquieme Essai near the furlong marker and out dueled that rival to the wire to prevail by a head in the $114,000 Sea o’Erin Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday at Arlington Park. Mark Guidry rode the Tom Proctor-trained son of Tiger Ridge who covered the mile over a turf course rated “good” in 1:37.15.
Therecomesatiger sat about two lengths off the leisurely pace of Cougar Cat who led through a half-mile in :49.80 seconds. Le Cinquieme Essai took the lead on the far turn and set a six-furlong fraction of 1:14.28.
“They went pretty slow,” Guidry said. “I thought there would be a little better pace. I followed (Le Cinquieme Essai) all the way around there. Turning for home, it was a good race all the way to the wire.”
The win was the first for the 4-year-old gelding since capturing the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill Downs last November. He earned $60,000 for the Sea o’Erin score to boost his bankroll to $265,529 while bettering his overall record to five wins from nine starts.
Le Cinquieme Essai was a clear second, finishing 2 ˝ lengths to the good of 3-2 betting favorite Fort Prado.
“We had a good trip,” said jockey Steven Bahen, who invaded from Canada to ride the runner-up. “We just got beat by a better horse today. This horse always tries hard and he’s always right there. It just seems like he gets beat by a little bit a lot of times.”
“I anticipated a little more pace in the race, which I needed,” said Fort Prado’s rider, Robby Albarado. “I was forced to make a longer run than I wanted to. Overall he put in a big effort.”
Rapid Proof, Cougar Cat and Kid Grindstone completed the order of finish in the six-horse field.
Therecomesatiger paid $5.60, $3 and $2.20. Le Cinquieme Essai returned $3.40 and $2.20. Fort Prado paid $2.10.
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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