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PEACH BREW POSTS ARLINGTON OAKS UPSET
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 18, 2009) – Robert H. Zoellner’s Peach Brew, far back early, slid off the rail at the three-sixteenths pole and split horses mid-stretch en route to a half-length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Oaks on Saturday at Arlington Park. Quincy Hamilton earned his first Arlington stakes score aboard the Donnie K. Von Hemel-trained daughter of Milwaukee Brew, who covered the mile and an eighth over Polytrack in 1:50.89.
“Words can’t describe what it’s like to ride a filly like that,” Hamilton said. “When she gets ready to go, she knows it’s time and she gives it 110 percent every time. She sure went into her last race well and came out of it well.”
The come-from-behind rally for Peach Brew was not without some anxious moment for trainer Von Hemel.
“I was very concerned,” said the veteran conditioner, who returned to Arlington Park for the 2009 season after an absence of several years. “The favorite is on the lead by herself, and with the way the racetrack was playing I was very concerned, but she got the job done.”
The Arlington Oaks was the first graded stakes win for both horse and owner. The victory was the third in 13 starts for the homebred filly who added $89,400 to her earnings which now stand at $212,006.
Sweet and Flawless, last at the top of the stretch, had to swing wide before launching a late bid, but could not get to the winner.
“I think I was on the best filly in the race,” said her rider, Junior Alvarado. “I think I lost the race at the quarter pole, when I had to move really wide and I lost one or two lengths. She tried really, really hard, she's a nice filly.”
Hot Cha Cha was third, followed by Perfect for You, C. S. Silk and Always in My Heart.
C. S. Silk, the even-money favorite in the field of six sophomore distaffers, was quick away from the gate and led through fractions of 24.44 seconds, 48.19 seconds and 1:12.20 before giving way late.
“I have no excuse,” said Robby Albarado, who rode the beaten favorite. “She felt comfortable on the lead. She got over the track well. She won over it last year. But when they came up to her today, she offered no fight at all. I don’t know why.”
Sent off as the second longest price in the race at odds of more than 8-1, Peach Brew paid $18.80, $7.40 and $4. Sweet and Flawless returned $13.80 and $6.80. Hot Cha Cha paid $3.
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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