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PAVAROTTI SINGS WINNING TUNE IN ROUND TABLE STAKES
Grade I Winner Dominican Finishes Third
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 14, 2007) – Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith’s Pavarotti was on the engine early, relinquished the lead in the stretch, and battled back gamely to defeat Time Squared by a neck in the $100,000 Round Table Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park. Rene Douglas rode the Todd Pletcher-trained son of A. P. Indy, who covered the mile and an eighth over Polytrack in 1:49.75.
“This horse is a soldier,” said Douglas. “He fought back. That was a battle - a good race. He did (get a little warm in the post parade) but he wasn’t really jumping around or anything. I guess he was feeling good. I didn’t want to do too much. I just wanted him to be comfortable. He ran a tremendous race.”
The Round Table was the first stakes victory for Pavarotti, who earned $59,400 for the tally to push his bankroll into six figures at $151,900 while improving his overall record to three wins from six starts.
Time Squared rallied in the stretch and led between calls before being overtaken by Pavarotti in deep stretch.
“I sat behind the winner until the stretch,” said Julien Leparoux, who rode Time Squared. “I made a move at him and took the lead for an instant, but he (Pavarotti) was very game and came back on me. My horse ran his heart out.”
Grade I stakes winner Dominican, who had previously been undefeated on Polytrack, steadied slightly at the start and finished third in the six-horse field.
“I thought I had good position and when I got to the turn my horse made a little run but the #4 (Pavarotti) and the #2 (Time Squared) they kept going and my horse flattened out a little bit,” said Dominican’s jockey, Rafael Bejarano.
Prom Shoes, Snowblind Friend and Mandurah completed the order of finish.
Pavarotti paid $12, $5.20 and $2.60. Time Squared returned $6 and $2.80. Dominican paid $2.10.
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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