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PURIM RETURNS TO WINNER’S CIRCLE IN JOHN HENRY STAKES
Son of Dynaformer Wins Closing Day Feature
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 16, 2007) – Edward J. Sukley’s Purim made a four-wide move into the stretch to win the $47,550 John Henry Stakes by a length at Arlington Park on Sunday, closing day of the track’s 94-day season. Jamie Theriot rode the Tom Proctor-trained son of Dynaformer who covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41.33.
“The horse needed this race to get his confidence back up,” said Theriot of the 5-year-old horse who hadn’t won since capturing the $100,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Stakes at the Fair Grounds in January. “He was much the best today.”
The win was the third in five starts over the Arlington turf for Purim, who won the Grade III Arlington Classic in 2005 and the Illinois Owners Stakes here last year. He earned $28,530 to boost his bankroll to $551,003 while improving his overall record to eight victories from 20 starts.
Prospective Kiss was second in the eight-horse field. It was a head back to third-place finisher Rey Dol Sol. Tiganello, Majestic Zeal, Finance Minister, General Charley and Rapid Proof completed the order of finish.
Purim, the 9-5 favorite, paid $5.60, $3.20 and $2.80. Prospective Kiss returned $5.40 and $3.80. Rey Del Sol paid $2.80.
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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