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STREAM CAT WINS ARLINGTON HANDICAP
Second Wagering Choice Denies Cosmonaut Three-Peat
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 12, 2008) – Fab Oak Stable, Bobby Hurley & John Goldthorpe’s Stream Cat saved ground while stalking the leader Cosmonaut, split horses in the stretch and put away Cosmonaut in the final furlong to win the Grade III $194,000 Arlington Handicap by 3 ¾ lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park. James Graham rode the “Rusty” Arnold trainee who covered the mile and a quarter over soft ground in 2:04.83.
The 5-year-old gelding, who finished fourth beaten only a length in last year’s Arlington Million, was coming off a nine-month layoff, but trainer George “Rusty” Arnold felt his horse was ready for the return.
“Class horses get ready easy and make you look good,” said Arnold. “It was easy because he’s a good horse. I’ve only had him a month and a half. We were a little worried about the pace, but James kept him right in the race and everything worked out good.”
Two-time defending champion Cosmonaut broke on the lead and posted fractions of 24.32 seconds, 49.89 seconds, 1:15.31 and 1:39.98 while Stream Cat bided his time last of the four runners for more than three quarters of a mile but never more than two lengths off the lead.
“Only one thing I have to say – no excuses,” said Rene Douglas who rode the beaten favorite. “The other horse just ran by me. (My horse) was doing it easily early, but the other horse was better today.”
Corrupt was three-quarters of a length back as the third-place finisher and Tiger Woodman completed the order of finish.
Second choice in the wagering at odds of 5-2, Stream Cat paid $7 and $2.60. Cosmonaut returned $2.10 to place. There was no show betting on the race.
The Arlington Handicap, the final prep for the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 9, is one of three graded stakes races presented on the suburban Chicago track’s Million Preview Day program that also included the Grade III Modesty Handicap and the Grade II American Derby.
QUOTES FOR THE ARLINGTON HANDICAP (GRADE III)
James Graham (rode the winner, Stream Cat): “Rusty (trainer Arnold) said he’d be tough if he was ready and he was definitely ready today. I trust Rusty. He’s good. We were just bouncing along, his ears were forward the whole time. He had no problem handling the soft going. It was a really good race for him.”
Rusty Arnold (trainer of the winner, Stream Cat): “Class horses get ready easy and kind of make you look good. It was easy because he’s a good horse. I’ve only had him a month and a half. We were a little worried about the pace, but James (jockey Graham) kept him right in the race and everything worked out good.”
John Goldthorpe (owner of the winner, Stream Cat): “He’s been on the shelf nine months so this has been a long time coming. He had a tough year last year. Ran second and third everywhere and lost the (Arlington) Million by a couple of feet and we’re excited to back here and to have him in the good hands of Rusty.”
Jockey Rene Douglas (Cosmonaut), 2nd as beaten favorite: “Only one thing I have to say – ‘No excuses.’ The other horse just ran by me. (My horse) was doing it easily early, but the other horse was better today.”
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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