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HIGH EXPECTATIONS EARNS ZEN REPEAT VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 15, 2007) – S. D. Brilie Ltd. Partnership’s High Expectations rallied from far back to successfully defend his title in the $46,950 Zen Stakes on Friday at Arlington Park. Chris Emigh rode the Christine Janks-trained son of Peaks and Valleys who covered the seven furlongs over Arlington’s Polytrack in 1:23.97.
The 5-year-old gelding returned to his winning ways after finishing sixth in open competition in the Grade III Hanshin Cup here last month. Facing state-bred company here, today’s result was not a surprise as he was dispatched as the 6-5 betting favorite and paid $4.40, $2.40 and $2.20.
“I wasn’t expecting to win (the Hanshin) but I was hoping,” Janks said. “I wasn’t expecting to win here but I certainly had more ‘high expectations’ for this one.”
Caruso, a 3-year-old, set the fractions in the race through splits of :22.99, :45.97 and 1:11.05.
“When Caruso shook off that other horse that got away easily and we were still way back there, I was thinking we needed to find a hole quick,” the trainer continued. “Chris did a great job finding a spot to get through and get rolling.”
Janks indicated that High Expectations next start would be a title defense in the $75,000-added White Oak Handicap here during Arlington’s Prairie State Festival on July 7. In the 2006 edition of that six-furlong dash, High Expectations rallied from 15 lengths behind to score by a length. In the 2005 Prairie State Festival, he captured the Springfield Stakes.
Last Gran Standing ($3.20 and $2.20) ran second in the six-horse field, followed by pacesetter Caruso ($2.60), Cane Garden Boy, Tally Up and Guccione.
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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