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PITAMAKAN WIRES FIELD IN TRANSFERRED HATOOF STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 19, 2007) – Dinwiddie Farm’s Pitamakan, a winner of her last two starts on turf, transferred her grass form to Polytrack when she wired six rivals in the $47,900 Hatoof Stakes Sunday at Arlington Park. Originally scheduled to be run on the turf, the race was moved to the main track where the daughter of Danzig established a Polytrack record of 1:41.49 for a mile and a sixteenth.
Rene Douglas rode the Bill Mott-trained 3-year-old filly, who posted fractions of :23.97, :47.48, 1:11.66 and 1:35.56 en route to the record-setting final clocking.
“She broke nicely and was able to relax,” said Douglas, the meet’s leading rider who picked up his fourth win of the day and his 101st of the local season in the Hatoof. “The outside horse (Dashes and Dots) had a little trouble coming out of the gate so my filly got to the front easily. Turning for home, I had a lot of horse left and she went very good.”
Pitamakan broke her maiden in her sophomore debut on turf at Churchill Downs in June and wired a first-level allowance over the local lawn last time out on July 22. The Hatoof, a prep race for the Grade III $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes on Sept. 8, was her first start on Polytrack.
She earned $28,740 for the victory to boost her bankroll to $78,498 while keeping her record perfect in three starts this year and three for four overall.
Favored You Go West Girl was second in the seven-horse field. It was another 4 ½ lengths back to Call the Kitty. Lil Cora Tee, Stravinsky’s Code, Dashes N Dots and Meadowlanding completed the order of finish.
Pitamakan paid $9, $3.80 and $3.20. You Go West Girl returned $2.40 and $2.20. Call the Kitty paid $4.
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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