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Arlington Park

Arlington Park news release

Contact: David Zenner


Third Chance
Third Chance winning The Addison Cammack at Arlington Park on 9-22-12, Francisco C. Torres up - Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 22, 2012) – In her 20-race career, Ron Magers and Bob Marcocchio et al’s Third Chance has won in state-bred restricted races as well as in open company. One thing she had yet to do was beat male rivals but the daughter of Kafwain was able to knock that off her bucket list with an emphatic 6 ¾-length tally in the $66,400 Addison Cammack Stakes on Saturday at Arlington Park

With leading rider Francisco Torres in the irons, the Jim DiVito-trained 4-year-old filly led from start to finish, covering the six furlongs in 1:10.23 after setting fractions of 22.18 seconds, 45.15 seconds and 57.28 seconds along the way.

“She looked really good out there today,” said co-owner Magers, the ABC-7 Chicago news anchorman. “She’s always done everything we’ve ever asked of her. We’ve had such a great year at Arlington. We’ve been treated so well by everybody and we’re going to miss coming here with her.”

Saturday’s victory kept Third Chance’s 2012 record unblemished with four victories in as many trips to post. She added $39,840 to her bankroll to push it near the half-million dollar mark at $484,464 while improving her overall record to 10 wins from 19 starts. According to co-owner Magers, she will make one more start in her career (the $125,000 Powerless Stakes at Hawthorne Race Course on Oct. 20) before being bred next year to City Zip.

Sir Applesolutely was second in the five-horse field. It was another 2 ½ lengths back to Hoodwinked. Smiling Gambler, the other filly in the race, ran fourth with Van Demon finishing fish.

Third Chance paid $3, $2.20 and $2.10. Sir Applesolutely returned $3.20 and $2.10. Hoodwinked paid $2.10.

ice cream
Roe Conn (left) and Ron Magers celebrate the stakes victory by their filly Third Chance by buying ice cream for 500 people at Arlington Park on Saturday - Photo courtesy Four Footed Fotos
What did ABC-TV anchorman Ron Magers and WLS-890 AM afternoon host Roe Conn do when their filly Third Chance won the $65,000 Addison Cammack Stakes at Arlington Park? Why buy ice cream for the first 500 fans to show up at a designated ice cream cart at Arlington Park.

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

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