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CHRIS EMIGH NOTCHES CAREER VICTORY NO. 3,000
Veteran Chicago Reinsman Gets Milestone on Pick Up Mount
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 30, 2009) – Longtime Chicago-based jockey Chris Emigh notched the 3,000th victory of his career when he guided John Reinhart’s Thanks Lord for trainer Frank Kirby to a 1 3/4-length win in the fourth race Saturday at Arlington Park.
Emigh was joined in the winner’s circle by his wife Kim, son Hunter, daughter Taylor and agent Jay Fedor as well as his fellow riders and Arlington Park executives as a video played saluting the milestone score as well as highlights of his entire career.
“This was the best name for the horse to do it on – Thanks Lord,” said Emigh. “I was riding 10 (races) today and if I didn’t (get the milestone win) today I’d be fired. I want to thank my agent Jay Fedor and all the trainers who rode me especially Frank Kirby, Christine Janks, Brian Williamson and Scott Becker.”
The 38-year-old resident of Elburn, Illinois, was the 2006 riding champion at Arlington Park and has been a mainstay on the Chicago circuit since 1996.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 98-day meet in 2009 from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 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, Tad’s Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit 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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