Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
UPPERLINE WINS GRADE III ARLINGTON OAKS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 3, 2010) – Upperline returned from a three-month layoff to rally from just off the pace and win the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Oaks by 4 ¾ lengths. E. T. Baird rode the Mike Stidham-trained daughter of Maria’s Mon, who covered the mile and an eighth in 1:52.13.
Sitting just off the flank of pacesetter Chantilly Nayla, who took the field of 3-year-old fillies through fractions of 23.89 seconds, 48.07 seconds and 1:13.48, Upperline rallied wide into the stretch, floated race favorite Snow Time Mountain out slightly and drew off to the easy victory.
“Mike (trainer Stidham) and Hilary (assistant Pridham) gave me a couple of different possible scenarios heading into the first turn and they gave me the opportunity to make the right decision,” Baird said.
Unraced since a fifth-place finish in the Grade I Ashland at Keeneland in April, the Arlington Oaks was the first stakes victory for Upperline and her third win in eight starts overall. All three of her scores have come on synthetic surfaces.
“Upperline went to Florida this winter and ran in some really tough turf races and the fact she was competitive in those races should mean a lot for the rest of year,” said Stidham. “You pick races and try to give horses time to freshen and have them right for the right day.”
She earned $59,400 for her owners Stone Farm, John Adger, Oak Crest Farm and Mike Stidham to boost her bankroll to $165,387.
Sent off at odds of slightly more than 2-1, she paid $6.60, $3.20 and $3. Snow Top Mountain ran second in the field of six and returned $3.20 and $2.40. It was another 6 ½ lengths back to Dundalk Dust, who paid $3.
Chantilly Nayla, Age of Humor and Laura Babe completed the order of finish.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 91-day meet in 2010 from Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, Sept. 26. 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 Waukegan, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, 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.