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SUNSET KISSES WINS MARIAH’S STORM STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 13, 2006) – Letto Thoroughbreds Inc.’s Sunset Kisses led from start to finish en route to a 1 ˝-length score in the $41,375 Mariah’s Storm Stakes Sunday at Arlington Park. Larry Sterling Jr. rode the Christine Janks-trained daughter of Sky Classic who covered the nine furlongs over a fast track in 1:51.60.
“Yesterday was a pretty dismal day but ‘Sunset’ pulled (the weekend) out for us today,” said Janks, who had to scratch Chic Dancer from Saturday’s Grade I Beverly D. Stakes because of a cough. “Larry has ridden her three times and she’s won all three. They really like each other. I saw the slow pace and I knew she would be tough. She loves to run like that.”
Sunset Kisses crawled through early fractions of 25.28 seconds for the quarter, 49.59 seconds for the half-mile, a three-quarter mile split of 1:13.78 and a mile clocking of 1:38.44 leaving plenty left in the tank to hold off any challenges late.
The win was the third in six starts this year and the $24,825 elevated her earnings to $260,900 while improving her overall record to 10 wins from 32 starts. Sent off at odds of more than 5-1, she paid $13.40, $4.80 and $3.
Capistrano was second and paid $5 and $2.60. It was another four lengths back to third-place finisher Platinum Ballet, who paid $2.20. Modjadji and Sara’s Tune completed the order of finish.
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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