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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 2, 2008) – Frank C. Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz, winner of the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie here last September, scored a front-stepping victory in her return to the local oval when she took the $56,100 Double Delta Stakes by a length on the opening day card at Arlington Park.

Originally carded for about one mile over turf, the race was moved to a mile and a sixteenth on the Polytrack following a morning rainstorm. With Hall-of-Fame reinsman Earlie Fires in the saddle, Dreaming of Liz covered the distance in 1:42.77 and paid $12.20, $6.20 and $4.20.

“She was really comfortable,” Fires said. “Her last couple of races weren’t that good so I wasn’t sure how much I’d have when I asked her, but when I asked her she ran. She’s a nice filly.”

The win was the third in four starts over the Arlington Polytrack for the Wayne Catalano-trained daughter of El Prado. She earned $33,660 to boost her bankroll to $139,970.

Vancy Pants, the 2-1 post time favorite, rallied to finish second in the 10-horse field and paid $3.20 and $2.40. Tight Precision was third and paid $3.

Completing the order of finish was Elle Tish Slew, Nijinsky Ballet, Talkin Indian, Pure Baby, Summer Courtship, Thirteen Moons and Sweet Aptitude.

Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 96-day meet in 2008 from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, Sept. 21. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 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, The Inferno featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Rookies featuring Trackside OTB in Homewood and Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at





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