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DO THE WAVE WINS FIRST RACE ON ARLINGTON POLYTRACK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 4, 2007) – Peter Stamas and Crown’s Way Farm’s Do the Wave will go into the record books as the first winner on Arlington Park’s state-of-the-art Polytrack surface. Eusebio Razo Jr. rode the Greg Geier-trained son of Dance Brightly who went the mile distance in 1:40.96 and paid $7.20, $3.60 and $3.20.
“The track feels real good,” said Razo. “This horse handled it well. This will change the way that we ride. Nothing is coming back at you so now you can put a horse right behind (another horse) and not worry about dirt flying back at you.”
The all-weather synthetic surface was installed this spring at an estimated cost of $11 million.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 94-day meet in 2007 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 16. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates nine off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Lucky’s featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry and The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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