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MEAL PENALTY WINS $50,000 SHECKY GREENE IN LAUGHER
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 10, 2008) – Sassafras Racing & Gulf Coast Farm’s Meal Penalty skimmed the rail, took the lead on the turn and drew off to win the $53,700 Shecky Greene Stakes by two lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park, getting the six furlongs in 1:10.16. Rene Douglas rode the son of Tale of the Cat for trainer Todd Pletcher.
“It’s never easy, even if you are on the 1-2 favorite in a four-horse field,’ Douglas said. “I knew it was pretty much a two-horse race and I was watching exactly what the other horse (Young Joe) was doing. I didn’t give him any chance to get the advantage on me, and at the quarter pole I just let my horse run.”
The victory was the second straight for Meal Penalty and his fourth in eight starts overall. He picked up $32,622 to push his bankroll to $139,395.
Young Joe made a run at the winner on the turn but was unable to get by and had to settle for second, five lengths clear of Denos Keys. Golden Citizen E K, who led for a quarter mile, faded to last in the field at the finish.
Sent off at odds of 50-cents on the dollar, Meal Penalty paid $3 and $2.10. Young Joe paid $2.40. There was no show wagering on the race.
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 www.arlingtonpark.com.
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