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Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 24, 2009) – Homewrecker Racing Stable’s Wildeydsouthernboy came from just off the pace to draw clear late for a 2 3/4-length score and justify his role as the odds-on choice in Sunday’s $53,600 Zen Stakes at Arlington Park.

The Zen often serves as the preview of the $100,000 White Oak Handicap on Prairie State Festival Day, to be contested this year on June 20.

Trained by Hugh Robertson and ridden by E. T. Baird, the Illinois-bred gelding paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10, accomplished the seven furlongs in 1:24.44 and increased his career earnings to $150,527 with his sixth victory in nine career starts.

Team Block’s Fort Prado got up for the second spot in the Zen, returning $3.80 and $2.80 while a length farther back in third was pacesetting Dakota Rebel, who paid $10 after setting early fractions of 23.79 and 47.69 before weakening in the final furlong.

Earlier in the afternoon, Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Magnetic Miss made the pace and withstood a late challenge from John Carman’s Ripe Tomato to win the $53,100 Your Ladyship Stakes for the second straight year.

The winner, ridden by Perry Compton and trained by Spanky Broussard, paid $7.40, $4.40 and $3.20 and toured the seven furlongs in 1:24.52 after early splits of 22.90 and 46.34. She increased her career earnings to $406,492 with her eighth victory from 31 lifetime starts.

Ripe Tomato finished second by a neck in the Your Ladyship, paying $6.40 and $3.80, while 1 1/4-lengths farther back was Secret Kin, who returned $2.80.

Following the Your Ladyship, the owners indicated Magnetic Miss would be pointed for her second straight win in the $100,000 Isaac Murphy Handicap on June 20.

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





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