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COSMONAUT REPEATS IN GRADE II ARLINGTON HANDICAP
Wires the Field for Second Straight Year in Arlington Million Prep
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2007) – Flying Zee Stable’s Cosmonaut wired eight rivals to win the Grade II $200,000 Arlington Handicap for the second straight year on Saturday, reporting home by the same 2 ¼ length margin as a year ago. The Patrick Biancone-trained son of Lemon Drop Kid covered the mile and a quarter over “good” turf in 2:01.32.
“He was relaxed in front all alone,” said winning rider Julien Leparoux. “He has a good kick. When he relaxes like this, he’s shown before that he’s a very good horse. He ran a very good race.”
The 5-year-old horse cruised through leisurely fractions of :25.40, :49.60, 1:13.10 and 1:37.09 en route to the facile score, his sixth in 24 starts. He earned $115,200 to boost his bankroll past the $700,000 mark to $700,557.
The Arlington Handicap serves as the final local prep for the Grade I Arlington Million, which will be run on Aug. 11. Cosmonaut ran fifth in last year’s Million and Biancone indicated that he will again point the Handicap victor to Arlington’s signature race.
“We ran in the Arlington Million (last year) and he was beaten by two lengths,” the trainer said. “Hopefully, we’ll come back in three weeks and run better.”
Nine-year-old gelding Revved Up rallied in the stretch to get up for second. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to third-place finisher Go Between.
“I had a perfect trip,” said Revved Up’s rider Rene Douglas. “What can I say? He’s a very classy old man. I sat in good position and I thought I had a shot at catching the horse in front of me until I realized it was (Cosmonaut) in front of me, and then I knew I had to ask him to give me everything he had.”
I Believe in Me, Gray Suitor, Lord Carmen, Meadow Vespers, Murch and Come On Jazz completed the order of finish.
Sent off as the 7-10 choice, Cosmonaut paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Revved Up returned $3.80 and $2.40. Go Between 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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