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LATTICE RALLIES FOR AMERICAN DERBY WIN
Trainer Mott Wins for Third Consecutive Year
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2007) – Adele Dilschneider & Claiborne Farm’s Lattice rallied in the middle of the course to win the Grade II $250,000 American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel’s, by three-quarters of a length over Going Ballistic on Saturday at Arlington Park. Robby Albarado picked up his fifth win of the afternoon aboard the son of Arch, who got the mile and three-sixteenths over good turf in a stakes record time of 1:54.85.
“I had a great trip,” said Albarado. “I had an outside spot. I was able to punch on him when I needed to. They stretched the race out so much turning for home – he kicked all right. He’s a nice colt. He’s been getting better every time.”
Trained by Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, who recorded his third straight American Derby victory, the homebred colt rebounded from a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs in his last start. The win, his first in stakes competition, was his third in five starts overall. He earned $144,000 to nearly triple his bankroll to $219,699.
Lovango set the pace in the race through fractions of :23.05, :47.22, 1:11.78 and 1:36.67 before giving way in the stretch.
Going Ballistic made a late bid to get the place money, a length and a quarter clear of Eighteenthofmarch, who ran third in the nine-horse field. Pleasant Strike, the 8-5 favorite, ran fourth, followed by Perfect Casting, Lovango, Sumac, Quasicobra and Self Made Man completed the order of finish.
“My horse broke well and I got him to relax real nice,” said Cliff Berry, rider of the runner-up. “I started making my move and we got jammed up a little and I was stuck for a second before I could get out. It might have been enough to cost me the race. He ran real hard.”
“I had a perfect trip,” said Rene Douglas, who rode the beaten favorite. “My horse just didn’t pull the trigger today. I was where I wanted to be and then when I tried to follow Robby Albarado (on the winner) but he just didn’t kick it in like he did last time.”
Lattice paid $9.40, $5 and $4.20. Going Ballistic returned $7.20 and $5. Eighteenthofmarch paid $9.80.
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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