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CHAMPION DREAMING OF ANNA WIRES GRADE III PUCKER UP
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 8, 2007) – Frank C. Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna, the Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old filly of 2006, notched her third straight stakes win on grass with a wire-to-wire 4 ½-length victory in the Grade III $200,000 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park, covering the mile and an eighth over ‘good’ going in 1:48.20 under jockey E. T. Baird.
The Pucker Up victory was the 70th of the meet for her trainer Wayne Catalano, who bettered his own single-season mark of 69 wins set in 2005.
The daughter of Rahy broke alertly from the gate from post 10 and quickly found her way to the rail. She had a one-length lead going under the finish line for the first time and she led throughout, setting fractions of :23.31, :47.34, 1:12.02 and 1:36.30.
“She ran a great race,” said Baird. “She’s a free running filly. They were legitimate fractions. She’s a real race horse, it was all her. I didn’t rate her. I just let her run free, run her own race. She just picked it up turning for home. She’s pretty much push button and it’s a thrill to ride her. I had a real good feeling turning for home.”
The win was the third this year for Dreaming of Anna and her seventh in 10 starts overall. She earned $111,600 to push her bankroll past the $1.5 million mark to $1,558,172.
German invader Touch My Soul rallied along the rail to finish second, a nose clear of Bel Air Beauty.
“She’s European, but she’s very kind once she gets out on the track,” said Reme Douglas, who rode the runner-up. “I rode a horse for her trainer (Peter Schiergen) last year in the Million. He knows what he’s doing and she’s very professional. I had a great trip. I was hoping for a little more pace, but it didn’t happen. That’s racing.”
Lemonlime, Testama, You Go West Girl, Pitamakan, Ciao, Ric Rac, Luna Dorada, Katerbug and Our Dancing Babe completed the order of finish in the 12-horse field.
Sent off as the 13-10 favorite, Dreaming of Anna paid $4.60, $3 and $2.60. Touch My Soul returned $7.60 and $6.40. Bel Air Beauty paid $7.80.
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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