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THRONG WIRES RIVALS IN DR. FAGER STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 30, 2007) – Donald J. Lucarelli & Starlight Stable’s Throng got away with setting a slow pace and had enough left in the tank to hold off the fast-closing Demeteor to win the $46,800 Dr. Fager Stakes by a nose Saturday at Arlington Park. The Todd Pletcher-trained son of Silver Deputy was ridden by Rene Douglas and got the mile and an eighth over Polytrack in 1:51.04.
“Rene gave him a good ride,” said Michael Dilger, assistant trainer to Pletcher. “We got a nice, slow pace and that played right into our hands.”
The Dr. Fager was the first win in five starts this year for the 4-year-old gelding who ran second three times including a runner-up finish over this track in the $47,700 Timeless Native Stakes. The $26,880 winner’s share boosted Throng’s bankroll to $205,873.
Demeteor angled out in the stretch to post a strong challenge to the winner but was unable to get by and had to settle for the place spot, six lengths clear of third-place finisher Restless Mon. Sidcup, Mr. Pursuit and Air Academy completed the order of finish in the six-horse field.
Sent off at odds of 9-10, Throng returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10. Demeteor paid $4.60 and $2.80. Restless Mon paid $5.
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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