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SHOWING UP WIRES THE FIELD IN GRADE I SECRETARIAT STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 12, 2006) – Lael Stables’ Showing Up took the lead right out of the starting gate and held off a late run from Ivan Denisovich to capture the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes by 1½ lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park before an international racing crowd of 29,979.
Cornelio Velasquez was in the saddle aboard the son of Strategic Mission who ran the mile and a quarter over firm turf in 2:00.09. It was the second straight Secretariat win for Velasquez, who was aboard last year’s winner, Gun Salute. The 1-2 favorite in the field of six, Showing Up returned $3.00, $2.60 and $2.40.
European invader Ivan Denisovich sat well back in fifth position behind fractions of 24.32 for the opening quarter, 47.83 for the half mile, and a three-quarters split of 1:11.19. The Aidan O’Brien trainee circled horses on the turn for home and cut into the four-length advantage possessed by Showing Up with an eighth of a mile to go. But Showing Up held Ivan Denisovich safe. The final time was two-fifths of a second off the stakes record set two years ago by Kitten’s Joy.
“I was impressed by him,” said winning trainer Barclay Tagg. “He ran even better than I thought he would. I knew he’d run well, but I never expected this. He has shown versatility in all of his races.”
Showing Up’s victory was the fifth in sixth lifetime starts—all occurring this year. He is now a perfect two-for-two on grass, with his only loss coming in the Kentucky Derby where he finished sixth behind Barbaro, who is also owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson of Lael Stables. The Secretariat is Showing Up’s first Grade I win. Last time out he won the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs, and in April he took the Grade II Coolmore Lexington Stakes on dirt at Keeneland. Saturday’s $240,000 winner’s check boosts his career bankroll to $1,080,500.
Ivan Denisovich paid $6.00 and $4.80 as the runner up.
“I bided my time and then I had to go four wide at the quarter pole,” said John Velazquez, rider of Ivan Denisovich. “It was just too much to make up. He ran hard, and if he didn’t have to go around those three horses in front of me, I might have won it, but that’s part of racing.”
Primary made a bid in the stretch to gain third, 4 ½ lengths in arrears of Ivan Denisovich. Primary paid $4.40 to show.
Proudinsky, Niagara Causeway and 7-2 second choice Go Between 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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