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CARLOS SILVA PICKS UP NORTH AMERICAN CAREER VICTORY 3,500
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Aug. 21, 2009) – Longtime Chicago-based jockey Carlos Silva, third on Arlington’s list of all-time leading riders, notched the 3,500th North American victory of his career when he guided Ben Barnow’s Iris Germanica for trainer Richard Hazelton to a 1 3/4-length win in the third race Friday at Arlington Park.
Silva was joined in the winner’s circle by family, friends, and trainer Hazelton who gave Silva a leg up on many of his 3,500 wins as well as valets and his fellow riders.
The 53-year-old native of Santiago, Chile, won approximately 250 races in South America before coming to the United States in 1978. He has been a mainstay on the Chicago circuit ever since with the majority of his 3,500 North American wins coming at Arlington, Hawthorne Race Course and Sportsman’s Park.
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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