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CORAGIL CAT ADDS HANSHIN CUP TO WIN LEDGER
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 24, 2008) – Jim Tafel LLC’s Coragil Cat, who set an Arlington Polytrack record mile of 1:33.55 in his last start, burst through in mid-stretch and drew off to win the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Stakes by three lengths on Saturday. Diego Sanchez rode the Greg Geier-trained son of Forest Wildcat, who covered the mile in 1:34.86.
The Hanshin was the third straight win for the 4-year-old colt, who captured the $53,000 Timeless Native Stakes on May 3 and an allowance race at the Fair Grounds in March to rebound from a winless 2007 campaign. Overall, his record stands at four wins from 22 starts and the $58,200 winner’s share pushed his earnings to $170,075.
“He’s trained excellently since his last race so we decided to run and give him a chance here,” Geier said. “He turned it around here a bit last year with some seconds and thirds. He really got good the last month (of the meet) at the Fair Grounds and it continued on up here.”
“I had a lot of confidence the last time I rode him and more confidence today,” added Sanchez. “He’s a slow horse in the mornings and he’s a different horse in the afternoon. They were going very fast up front, so I waited. My horse started to run by himself, so I let him go ahead.”
Defending champion Spotsgone set a very quick pace on the lead through fractions of 22.86 seconds, 45.92 seconds and 1:09.55 before giving way in the stretch.
Morada Key was second in the eight-horse race, two lengths ahead of Steve’s Double who ran third. Beaten favorite Lovango was fourth, followed by Throng, Fort Prado, Stonehouse and Spotsgone.
“I had a perfect trip, everything went our way,” said jockey Larry Sterling Jr. of Morada Key’s trip. “I just couldn’t run them down. I got outrun.”
“At the quarter pole, I thought I was a winner, but then he just fell apart,” said Rene Douglas, who rode the beaten favorite. “He just put his head down. I think he might have bled.”
Coragil Cat was dispatched at odds of more than 11-1, returning $24.20, $10.40 and $5.60. Morada Key paid $28.60 and $12.40. Steve’s Double paid $6.20.
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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