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FORT PRADO WINS RUSSELL L. REINEMAN ILLINOIS OWNERS STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 5, 2007) – Team Block’s Fort Prado returned to his home turf with a half-length victory over Toasted in the $100,000 Russell L. Reineman Illinois Owners Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park. Eusebio Razo Jr. rode the son of El Prado who covered the mile and a sixteenth over good turf in 1:44.12.
“I had no pace in front of me.” said Razo. “He wanted to go a little early. He’s the kind of horse that likes to wait for horses once he makes the lead. Once he felt the horse on the outside coming, he re-broke.”
It was the first win of the year for the 6-year-old horse but his sixth win in eight starts over the Arlington Park grass course.
“This is a race we targeted over the winter,” said winning trainer Chris Block. “We didn’t do as well over the winter with him as we’d hoped but he shipped up well from the South. He trained real well and had a great work over the Polytrack about seven days ago. I felt good about today. He likes to be covered up and Eddie (jockey Razo Jr.) did a good job sensing the slow pace and moving him up. Once he gets the front, he won’t let anybody by him.”
Overall, his record improved to 13 wins from 32 starts and the $60,000 winner’s share elevated his earnings to $796,970.
Toasted ran a solid second in the field of six, finishing 4½ lengths to the good of Lord Carmen. Le Jester, Major Rhythm and Kid Grindstone completed the order of finish.
“You always got to respect Fort Prado.” said Rene Douglas who rode the runner-up. “He’s a very good horse. I’m not taking anything away from my horse. He gave his best. He gave me a very good race.”
Sent off as the 6-5 betting choice, Fort Prado paid $4.40, $3 and $2.40. Toasted returned $3.20 and $2.80. Lord Carmen paid $3.20.
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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