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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 18, 2007) – Darley Stable’s Marietta made a five-wide move entering the stretch and drew off to win the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Oaks by 1 ¾ lengths on Saturday at the suburban Chicago oval. Mark Guidry rode the Eoin Harty-trained daughter of Machiavellian to a Polytrack record of 1:49.39 for the nine-furlong distance.

Marietta sat well off a pedestrian pace of :25.34, :49.54 and 1:13.54 set by 16-1 outsider Marquise before launching her rally with about three-eighths of a mile to run.

“I thought she was a little too far out of it going down the backside, especially after that opening quarter in 25,” Harty admitted. “Mark knew what he was doing and she made a big run.”

The victory was the second Grade III stakes of the year for the sophomore filly who captured the $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows in June. She earned $58,800 to boost her bankroll to $245,523 while improving her overall record to three wins from eight starts.

Humble Janet was second in the seven-horse field, 1 ¼ lengths clear of third-place finisher Marquee Delivery, followed by Aspiring, Kiss With a Twist, even-money favorite Mini Sermon and Marquise.

“I got bottled up a little but as soon as I was able to get out – she started running,” said Robby Albarado, who rode the runner-up. “But the winner got loose on the outside first. I was getting to her late but I couldn’t quite catch her.”

“I had no excuses,” said Rene Douglas of his trip aboard beaten favorite Mini Sermon. “My filly didn’t fire. She relaxed really nice for me. I was in great position – but then she didn’t fire, that’s all.”

Sent off at odds of 3-1, Marietta paid $8.80, $4.80 and $4.40. Humble Janet returned $5.80 and $5.20. Marquee Delivery paid $4.20.

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





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