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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 26, 2008) – Courtlandt Farms’ Indescribable made a three-wide rally into the stretch, overtook Leah’s Secret in the vicinity of the furlong marker and pulled away to win the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron Handicap by a half-length on Memorial Day at Arlington Park. Jeremy Rose rode the 4-year-old Pleasant Tap filly who went the mile and an eight over Polytrack in 1:49.82.

Tessa Blue, the slight 2-1 favorite, broke alertly from the outside and quickly cut over to the inside on the first turn while taking the field through leisurely fractions of 25.35 seconds for the quarter, 49.47 seconds for the half and 1:13.13 for three quarters of a mile.

Leah’s Secret scooted through on the rail on the second turn to take the lead turning for home, had a couple of lengths advantage on Indescribable with an eighth of mile to go, but was unable to hold off the winner.

“The mile and an eighth helps our filly quite a bit,” said Rose. “Leah’s Secret looks like a mile and a sixteenth may be her farthest. My filly jumped into the bit at the eighth pole and I knew from there we’d get her. Everything set up like I thought it would. She beat a couple of real nice horses in there.”

Winless in her first four starts, Indescribable became a different filly when switched from dirt to synthetic surfaces late in her 2-year-old season.

“She’s like night and day on Polytrack (versus dirt),” Motion said. “We had to start her on the dirt but I knew she’d be a nice filly on (Polytrack). I didn’t realize just how much she’d turn around on Polytrack.”

The Matron was her third win in five starts over synthetic courses and her fourth win in 12 starts overall. She earned $88,200 to push her bankroll to $219,802.

Leah’s Secret was seven lengths clear of third-place finisher Lady Carlock. Angel Smoke, Stop a Train, Tessa Blue and Awesome Ashley completed the order of finish.

Second choice in the wagering but also at odds of 2-1, Indescribable paid $6, $3.20 and $2.60. Leah’s Secret returned $3.60 and $2.60. Lady Carlock paid $5.80.

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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