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TERRAIN ADJUDGED WINNER OF GRADE III ARLINGTON-WASHINGTON FUTURITY
Moved Up from Third after Double Disqualification
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 13, 2008) – A roughly raced stretch run led to the double disqualification of Catalano Racing Stable’s Jose Adan and WinStar Farm LLC’s Advice from the first two positions in the Grade III $200,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity. After multiple claims of foul and a 13-minute deliberation, the stewards awarded the victory to Adele B. Dilschneider’s Terrain, who was third under the wire in the original order of finish. The official winner was trained by Al Stall Jr. and was ridden by Jamie Theriot.
“My horse had a really, really horrible trip,” said Theriot. “I thought he was the best horse in the race. I think (the stewards) made the right decision. I did get bothered by (Advice) the first bump, and then (Jose Adan) came over. The stewards made an honest decision.”
Jose Adan, who was ridden by apprentice jockey Brandon Meier, rallied from eighth at the top of the stretch to be first under the wire in the one-mile Polytrack race, which was clocked in 1:35.68. In that final eighth of mile, Jose Adan and Terrain were interfered with by Advice, who drifted out several paths under jockey Rene Douglas, and then in turn Jose Adan came over on Terrain inside the sixteenth pole.
“When the same kind of thing happened to me (in another race) they didn’t take Jamie (Theriot) down and put me up,” said Meier. “What do I have to do to win this race? Finish third and wait for them to put me up. I just wish they were more consistent with their decisions when incidents are very similar.”
The Arlington-Washington Futurity marks the first graded stakes victory for Terrain, a homebred son of Sky Mesa. The victory keeps his record unblemished at three wins from as many starts, and the $113,700 winner’s share boosts his bankroll to $177,454 for his owner-breeder.
Zion, My Dominick James, Capt. Candyman Can, His Greatness, Ready Racer, Schleprock, Investor, Malibu Maverick and My Man Moran completed the order of finish.
Terrain paid $18.20, $9.20 and $6. Jose Adan returned $13.20 and $7.40. Advice paid $4.
Earlier in the day, Barbara Hunter’s Goat Cheese took the lead in mid-stretch in the undercard feature, the $54,200 Claire Marine Stakes. The 4-year-old daughter of Cozzene took the mile and a half race by a neck under jockey Jamie Theriot and paid $15.80, $5.40 and $4.60. The race was originally carded for turf but run on Polytrack after a day-long rain.
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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