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DREAMING OF ANNA RETURNS TO WINNER’S CIRCLE IN DOUBLE DELTA
Eclipse Winner Earns First Victory as 3-Year-Old
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 2, 2007) – Frank C. Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old filly last year, snapped a three-race losing streak when she returned to her Arlington Park homebase and defeated five rivals in the $47,400 Double Delta Stakes on Saturday. Regular rider Rene Douglas guided the homebred daughter of Rahy to a driving 1 ¼-length victory over Nice Inheritance, getting the mile over yielding turf in 1:37.96.
Dreaming of Anna broke her maiden at Arlington last summer and remained undefeated during her four-race freshman campaign including a victory in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs to secure championship honors. She had yet to win in 2007, most recently running sixth after making the pace in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 4.
Though facing considerably easier competition here, the victory was anything but facile for the Wayne Catalano-trained filly, who pressed the pace from the outside before taking the lead on the turn for home.
“It was her first time back and she felt real comfortable on the grass,” Douglas said. “Honestly, I got a little worried. I knew she could put them away but I wanted her to do it more on her own turning for home. She’s only going to get better now.”
Dreaming of Anna earned $28,440 for the win, her fifth in eight trips to the post, to push her bankroll to $1,376,572.
Sent off as the prohibitive 2-5 favorite, Dreaming of Anna paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. Nice Inheritance returned $4.80 and $3.60. Lemonlime was third in the six-horse field and paid $5.20.
Also on Saturday, Wertheimer & Frère’s Quiet Royal split horses in the stretch and drew off to win the $47,400 Reluctant Guest Stakes by three lengths over Chic Dancer to give Douglas a sweep of the day’s stakes races. The Todd Pletcher-trained daughter of Royal Academy covered the grassy mile in 1:36.31 and paid $4.80, $2.60 and $2.40.
Chic Dancer returned $2.40 and $2.40. Black Java was third in the seven-horse lineup and paid $6.
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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