Arlington Park news release
Contact: David Zenner
‘ST. LOUIS’ POSTS MEAFARA UPSET
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 2, 2012) – William Stiritz’ St. Louis City surprisingly took the lead right from the start and never relinquished that advantage in Saturday’s $66,400 Meafara Stakes. The 18-1 outsider reported home a 2 ½-length winner under jockey Robby Albarado.
“She didn’t feel like an 18-1 shot and she didn’t run like an 18-1 shot,” Albarado said. “She got aggressive leaving there. I didn’t anticipate being on the lead but fortunately I was. She ran well within herself. She finished up real nice and ran on to the wire.”
The daughter of City Place sprinted through fractions of 22.31 seconds and 45.05 seconds en route to a final clocking of 1:17.17 to record her first win in three starts this year. She picked up $39,060 for Saturday’s victory to more than double her bankroll to $70,907 while improving her overall record to two wins from five starts.
Ire rallied from last at the top of the stretch to get up for second in the seven-horse field. It was another 1 ¾ lengths back to third-place finisher Emona. Lotta Lovin, the 9-10 betting favorite, could do no better than fourth, followed by Sabrina’s Dance, Atlantic Top and Nighofsolance to complete the order of finish.
St. Louis City paid $38.40, $16.40 and $10. Ire returned $7 and $4.60. Emona paid $7.80.
Arlington Park – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 90-day meet in 2012 from Friday, May 4 through Sunday, Sept. 30. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 12 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities – Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Waukegan, Tavern on North featuring Trackside Villa Park, Shooters Bar & Grill at Don Carter Lanes featuring Trackside Rockford, Fat Sam’s Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in Lockport, Stanley’s Ale House featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin, Nicolino’s featuring Trackside OTB in McHenry, TADS Sports Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Beloit, Salerno-Pincente Ristorante featuring Trackside OTB in Hodgkins and Sam’s Triple Crown featuring Trackside Orland Hills. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.