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EUPHONY WINS ARLINGTON MATRON; JOCKEY DOUGLAS INJURED
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 23, 2009) – Pin Oak Stud’s Euphony regained the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to a three-quarter of a length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron under jockey Cliff Berry.
The race, however, was marred when Born to Be clipped heels with Sky Mom near the top of the stretch, unseating jockey Rene Douglas.
Douglas, who was conscious and alert, was taken directly to Northwest Community Hospital after complaining of back pain and soreness in his neck. No further information is available on Douglas’s condition at this time.
For Euphony, the win was her fifth straight dating back to July 2008. She earned $86,400 to push her bankroll to $373,600 while improving her overall record to eight wins from 10 starts.
Kiss With a Twist was second in the nine-horse field, followed by Indescribable, Home’s the Best, Sky Mom, Serenading, Boudoir and Gloria Goodbody. Born to Be did not finish the race after the miscue and Sky Mom was disqualified and placed last for causing interference in the stretch.
Euphony paid $17.80, $8.20 and $3.60. Kiss With a Twist paid $5.20 and $3. Indescribable returned $2.10.
Cliff Berry – 1st on Euphony – “I didn’t know she would break that way, and since nobody was coming so we were relaxed. She’s a smart horse and she knew what she was doing. I had to use her a little bit going into the turn, to help save my position, other than that everything went great.
Miguel Mena – 2nd on Kiss With A Twist – “I was hoping to break cleanly but she stumbled out of the gate so that messed up my plans. Then I had to go wide around the leaders and she started running well once she got clear but I couldn't catch up to the winner."
Kent Desormeaux - 3rd on Indescribable - "It wasn't her best day. I have never had a horse that I always had to encourage her to keep me in the game. Not her best day."
Donnie K. Hemel – Trainer of winner Euphony - “She is just a wonderful filly. Cliff rode a wonderful race. I thought she might be behind a few more horses, but the way she broke, and the way the pace was, he did what a good rider does in a race and took advantage of it. He rode a great race.”
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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