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VICTORIANNA SETS TRACK RECORD IN FIT FOR A QUEEN STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 25, 2008) – The Fit For a Queen Stakes was named for one of the fastest distaff sprinting fillies to have graced the old dirt track at Arlington Park so it seems only fitting that a track record was set in the 2008 edition of the race, which is now contested over the suburban Chicago’s Polytrack surface.
Victorianna, who races in the colors of Arvin Will & Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, sped to a 1 ¼-length victory in a brisk 1:14.50 for the six and one-half furlongs, more than half a second faster than the previous standard of 1:15.07 recorded by Kemp last August.
“She loves the Polytrack,” said jockey James Graham who rode the Eddie Kenneally-trained daughter of Tale of the Cat. “Everything I asked her to do she did. She ran this race so easy. Victorianna is a charm to ride.”
The 4-year-old filly stalked the pace of Featherbed who set fractions of 22.31 seconds, 44.40 seconds and 1:08.10 before giving way to the winner. The Fit For a Queen was the third win in five starts this year for Victorianna and her fourth in 10 trips to the post overall. She earned $31,800 to boost her bankroll to $125,502.
Sent off at odds of more than 3-1, she paid $8.60, $4.60 and $2.60. Featherbed returned $5 and $3.20. Mini Sermon was third and paid $2.10. Dimple Pinch and Kindling completed the order of finish.
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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