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TIGANELLO WINS GRASSY MISTER GUS STAKES
Victory Gives Leading Jockey Douglas Sweep of Weekend Stakes Races
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 3, 2007) – Wertheimer & Frère’s Tiganello, a German-bred son of Acatenango, tipped three-wide at the top of the stretch and drew off to post a one-length tally in the $46,650 Mister Gus Stakes on Sunday at Arlington Park. Rene Douglas rode the Todd Pletcher-trained gelding, who covered the mile over yielding turf in 1:37.88.
“He’s a push button horse,” said Douglas who completed a sweep of the weekend stakes races after capturing Saturday’s Double Delta Stakes with Dreaming of Anna and the Reluctant Guest Stakes with Quiet Royal. “Turning for home I let him go and he accelerated really fast.”
The Mister Gus was Tiganello’s second win in four starts this year and his eighth in 29 starts overall. He picked up $27,990 for Sunday’s score to push his earnings to $343,132 for his owner-breeder combination.
Rapid Proof was second in the field of five. It was another half-length back to third-place finisher Come On Jazz. Prosico and Indy completed the order of finish.
Tiganello, the 4-5 choice of the public, paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10. Rapid Proof returned $3 and $2.20. Come On Jazz paid $2.60.
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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