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DEMETEOR AND AROSA WIN LABOR DAY CO-FEATURES AT ARLINGTON PARK
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 3, 2007) – Kenneth E. Hoffman’s Demeteor and Mrs. David Nagle & Mrs John Magnier’s Arosa shared the spotlight on Monday’s Labor Day Turf Showcase Card at Arlington when the former captured the $47,300 Rossi Gold Stakes while the latter took top honors in the $48,150 Claire Marine Stakes at the suburban Chicago racetrack.
In the Rossi Gold, Demeteor rallied in the middle of the track and wore down favored Go Between, who had taken the lead at the stretch, to win the mile and three-sixteenths race by a neck in 1:55.10.
“I was very comfortable with him,” said winning jockey Diego Sanchez, who rode the 8-year-old son of Dehere. “I had plenty of horse today.”
It was the fourth win of 11 starts this year for the Bill Lazuka-trained gelding who earned $28,380 to push his lifetime bankroll to $312,651 while improving his overall record to nine wins from 36 starts.
Sent off at odds of 23-1, Demeteor paid $48, $10.80 and $4.60. Go Between, the 6-5 betting favorite, returned $2.80 and $2.20. It was 1 ½ lengths back to third-place finisher Come On Jazz who paid $4.
Two races later, Arosa rallied from well off a dawdling pace to win the Claire Marine by 2 ¾ lengths over Indy Trouble under jockey Mark Guidry. The Patrick Biancone-trained daughter of Sadler’s Wells covered the mile and a half over firm turf in 2:30.52.
“I had a great trip,” Guidry said. “We just ‘kept about’ and turning for home we got a nice hole. She came running real nice.”
Arosa paid $6.60, $5 and $3.40. Indy Trouble returned $11.80 and $6.40. Yanquee Reign was a nose further back in third and paid $9.40.
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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