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‘WICKED’ EARNS STYLE POINTS WITH NIFTY FUTURITY WIN
Lightly Raced Colt Wins Grade III Stakes in Second Trip to Post
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 1, 2007) – Ashbrook Farm’s Wicked Style remained perfect over Arlington Park’s Polytrack with a gutsy, head victory over Riley Tucker in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity on Saturday at the suburban Chicago racetrack. Robby Albarado rode the “Rusty” Arnold-trained son of Macho Uno who covered the mile in 1:36.52.
After being a bit rambunctious during the post parade, Wicked Style raced along the inside as part of a three-horse speed battle early on, just off fractions of :23.58, :46.78 and 1:11.36 set by even-money favorite Gold Coyote.
“He finally relaxed for me the last couple of minutes (of the post parade),” Albarado said. “Circumstances forced me to keep him closer than I wanted early. He’s a nice colt.”
After putting away the other speed on the turn, he was all out in the stretch to hold off Riley Tucker, who was dispatched as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering.
“The assistant (trainer) told me to wait as long as I could because when he gets the lead he kind of fools around a little bit,” said Rene Douglas, who was astride the runner-up. “I waited as long as I thought I could and then I got the lead and he relaxed a little. He fought back at the end, but he wasn’t good enough today.”
It was another two lengths back to third-place finisher Sebastian County, a full brother to 2003 Futurity hero Cactus Ridge. T. J.’s Posse, favored Gold Coyote, Celina Slew and Blackberry Road completed the order of finish.
“He had everything his way early,” said jockey Ramsey Zimmerman, who rode the beaten favorite. “He just didn’t have the punch at the end that he’s shown before.”
As a Breeders’ Cup eligible horse, Wicked Style earned $118,200 from the $198,500 total purse that included $50,000 from the Breeders’ Cup Fund to push his bankroll to $135,000, while keeping his record intact with two victories from as many trips to the post. Sent off at odds of 8-1, he rewarded his backers $18, $6.80 and $4.
Riley Tucker paid $4.80 and $3.80. Sebastian County returned $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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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