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ELUSIVE JAZZ WINS BETTER BEE STAKES
Notches Local Sprint Prep in Speedy 1:08.70
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 6, 2006) – Graded stakes winner Elusive Jazz returned to the races off a nine-month layoff and captured the $46,650 Better Bee Stakes by a neck on Sunday at Arlington Park. With leading rider Chris Emigh in the irons, the Bobby Barnett-trained son Elusive Quality covered the six furlongs in a speedy 1:08.70.
“He relaxed right out of the gate and took hold of the bit about an eighth of a mile out,” Emigh said. “They were coming at him from both sides but he didn’t give up.”
“He showed a lot of heart today,” Barnett said. “He dug in turning for home. He made me feel real good. He campaigned very hard last year. The nine-months off will have him coming up to the (Breeders’ Cup Sprint) at Churchill Downs in real good form. We’ll take him back home and then ship up here (for the Arlington BC Sprint on Aug. 26).”
The 5-year-old horse was making his first start since finishing sixth in the Grade I Frank DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel last November and he showed no signs of sluggishness as he fought off two rivals in the stretch to earn the score, his fifth in 17 starts. He earned $27,990 to boost his bankroll to $366,721.
Alabama Clay was second in the five-horse field. It was another length back to Smalltown Slew. Wonone and Iron Rogue completed the order of finish.
Sent off as the 8-5 favorite, Elusive Jazz paid $5.20, $3.20 and $2.20. Alabama Clay returned $3.20 and $2.20. Smalltown Slew paid $2.40.
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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