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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 8, 2007) – Richard Glantz’ Solo Survivor, longest shot in the field at odds of more than 16-1, rallied from last to get through along the fence and nail pacesetter Ms. Lydonia inside the sixteenth pole to win the $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap by a length on Saturday at Arlington Park.

The Jim Divito-trained daughter of Pleasant Tap was ridden by Mark Guidry, who picked up his third straight win in the Matron and fourth victory overall in the Grade III event. Solo Survivor covered the mile and an eighth over Polytrack in 1:49.94.

“I had a perfect trip,” said Guidry, who picked up the mount when Julien Leparoux, the originally named rider, did not come to Chicago for the race. “I saved ground and got through on the inside and prevailed. ‘Jimmy D.’ (trainer Jim DiVito) did a great job with her. I’m just grateful he let me pick her up. I’m glad Leparoux didn’t come.”

The Matron was the fourth win in eight starts this year for Solo Survivor, who improved her overall record to six wins from 29 starts. She earned $89,100 to boost her bankroll to $234,195.

Longshot Ms. Lydonia set the pace in the race, getting fractions of :24.43, :48.73, 1:13.35 and 1:37.48 before being overtaken by the eventual winner.

“She was great,” said Ms. Lydonia’s jockey James Graham. “She’s got a heart twice as big as she is. She gave me 100% - and then some.”

Round Heels, the 17-10 favorite, made a late rally and finished third in the six-horse field, followed by Eyes On Eddy, On Safari and Coolwind.

“When she was turning for home I had no room, but when she got clear she ran good,” said Eduardo Perez, who rode the beaten favorite.

Solo Survivor paid $34.60, $12.20 and $4. Ms. Lydonia returned $10 and $4. Round Heels paid $3.

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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