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Contact: David Zenner
ALBARADO SWEEPS SATURDAY STAKES AT ARLINGTON
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 19, 2006) – Jockey Robby Albarado, who joined the local colony in July following the conclusion of the meet at Churchill Downs, swept both of Arlington Park’s headline attractions on Saturday, capturing the Hatoof Stakes aboard Chetten County and the Arlington Breeders’ Cup Oaks astride Cryptoquip.
Elisabeth H. Alexander’s Cryptoquip, whose apparent victory in the $100,000 Queen City Oaks at River Downs was wiped out when the race was declared no contest because of a starting gate malfunction, officially earned black type for the first time when taking the $144,500 Arlington Breeders’ Cup Oaks by a half-length. The Tom Proctor-trained daughter of Cryptoclearance was clocked in 1:49.42 for the mile and an eighth over a fast track.
“Tom (trainer Proctor) said to keep her wherever she would be happy, whether it’s on the lead or off the pace,” Albarado said. “She ran well and did everything right. I worked her before she ever ran but I never got a chance to ride her (in a race) before. Tom gave me a chance today and I made the best of it.”
Under Albarado, Cryptoquip got away with an easy opening quarter mile of 25.00 before picking up the pace some to record a half in 48.17, three-quarters in 1:11.95 and a mile in 1:36.46.
The Arlington Breeders’ Cup Oaks was the second win in four starts for Cryptoquip, who earned $90,000 to push her bankroll to $124,590. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice, she paid $7.80, $3.80 and $2.80.
Coolwind, the 13-10 post time favorite, challenged the winner in the stretch. She paid $3 and $2.20.
“I didn’t want to let the leader get away so I stayed a little closer than I wanted to,” said Eusebio Razo Jr., who rode the runner-up. “When I took my filly outside to challenge she was digging hard and trying her best. She gave me everything she had.”
Rolling Sea was third in the six-horse field and paid $2.80.
My Chickadee, Meadow Skippin and American Diva completed the order of finish.
One race earlier, Albarado won the $42,250 Hatoof Stakes by three-quarters of a length with Peter Amadio, Andy Spitalny & Carliwood Farms’ Chetten County, who angled out at the top of the stretch and rallied for the win. The daughter of champion Giant’s Causeway covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:45.19. She paid $7.80, $3.80 and $2.80.
“They went so slow the first part of it,” Albarado said. “She was pretty impressive from the three-eighths pole home.”
“She’s really a nice filly on the turf,” said winning trainer Michael Biehler. “She’s done nothing wrong up at Canterbury (Park). She’s really made it look easy. We were trying to get a gauge on what we had and she showed us today.”
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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