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IN SUMMATION: ‘PIRATE’ STEALS SPLIT SHARE WITH DEAD-HEAT FOR WINNER’S PURSE IN $150,000 ARLINGTON SPRINT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 25, 2007) – Waterford Stable’s In Summation won as expected as the odds-on choice in Saturday’s $150,000 Arlington Sprint, but somewhat unexpectedly had to split the winner’s share with B Jock LLC’s Piratesonthelake.
That’s because the photo finish camera couldn’t separate the two at the wire, resulting in the second dead-heat for the win in the 11 runnings of Arlington’s biggest sprint stakes, ironically 10 years after Bet On Sunshine and Hunk of Class finished on even terms in the 1997 renewal.
Rene Douglas rode the Christophe Clement-trained In Summation, coming off a nose tally in Del Mar’s Grade I Bing Crosby Handicap July 29, and Diego Sanchez was aboard the Jimmy DiVito-conditioned Piratesonthelake, who made the pace with posted fractions of :22.91, :45.78, and :57.14 on the way to a final clocking of 1:09.14.
“It was a tremendous race” said Douglas, the meet’s leading rider who picked up his second of three wins for the day. “I congratulate (jockey Diego) Sanchez on the other horse. I thought I had it won but I’ll settle for the dead-heat.”
“I can’t believe this,” said Diego Sanchez after dismounting from Piratesonthelake, who broke in stride and led throughout after finishing second in Iowa’s $75,000 Prairie Meadows Sprint in his last start Aug. 4. “I’m very surprised because this is my first stakes win at Arlington Park, but I’m very happy to win a stakes race here at Arlington. This is a very good horse.”
In Summation paid $2.20, $2.40 and $2.10, and increased his career earnings to $739,826, while Piratesonthelake returned $4.80, $5.00, and $3.20, and increased his lifetime totals to $143,841. In Summation’s winner’s share, as a horse eligible for Breeders’ Cup monies, was $69,600, while Piratesonthelake, not eligible for those monies, earned $39,600.
John Pucek, Brett Setzer and Robert Edwards’ Off Duty, winner of Ellis Park’s Don Bernhardt Memorial last time on July 21 as a Lynn Whiting trainee, finished third, a neck behind the top two under Mark Guidry, paying $2.60 to show.
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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