Arlington Park news release
Contact: Brian W. Spencer
KEY TO POWER TOPS IN THE TELEPROMPTER; NOTTE D’ORO GETS THE GOLD IN MELANIE FRANCES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 26, 2015) – Premier Stables Unlimited’s Key to Power lived up to his stellar pedigree on Saturday afternoon when the son of Grade I winners A. P. Indy and Exotic Wood won the $50,000 Teleprompter Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Arlington International Racecourse. Rating in mid-pack, the bay 6-year-old horse commenced a three-wide rally at the top of the stretch to overpower Flashlight and Aztec Brave in the final sixteenth.
Ridden by Chris Emigh, the Kentucky-bred traveled the one-mile distance in 1:36.21 over firm ground on Arlington's world-renowned turf course after earlier fractions of 24.94, 47.82, 1:10.81 and 1:23.98. Sent off at 5.50-1, Key to Power returned $13, $5.20 and $3 as the public's fourth wagering choice, earning $29,700 to boost his career bankroll to $329,158. The Teleprompter was his second consecutive stakes victory after winning the $50,000 Cliff Guilliams Handicap at Ellis Park earlier in September.
“It looked like they were going along at a pretty good clip,” Emigh said. “My horse was comfortable and I was a little worried I wouldn’t catch them because they kept going – but he kept digging in and got them at the end.”
“We came up and we thought we could be competitive in this race,” Dorie Smith, assistant to trainer Brendan Walsh, said. “We thought we could improve him (off his February claim) and bring him up to where he is now.”
Michael Hui’s Flashlight finished a sharp second under Mitchell Murrill for trainer Mike Maker, returning $5 and $3.40. Brad Grady’s Aztec Brave, ridden by Rosemary Homeister, Jr., for Joe Sharp, set a quick pace before tiring to third – a neck behind Flashlight – returning $2.80 to show as the 1.10-1 favorite.
The order of finish for the Teleprompter was completed by Peej, Yankee Dealer and Crewman. Midnight Cello, Pablo Del Monte, Spark Kit, Stormy Pacific and Super Soldier were scratched.
One race prior, in the sister race to the Teleprompter, the $50,000 Melanie Frances Stakes over the same trip, Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Notte d’Oro overpowered six foes for victory. After breaking well and sitting mid-pack in the perfect position, the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro split horses at the top of the stretch en route to a 2 1/2-length score for trainer Mike Stidham.
Ridden by newly crowned champion Arlington jockey of 2015, Jose Valdivia, Jr., the Kentucky-bred homebred half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Red Rifle traveled the mile distance in 1:36.59 after earlier fractions of 23.50, 48.48, 1:12.91 and 1:24.94. Sent off as the 7-5 favorite, Notte d’Oro returned $4.80, $2.60 and $2.40, earning $29,400 to boost her career bankroll to $183,793.
“When Mike gave me a leg up, he said that she was much the best and to ride her like it and get comfortable,” Valdivia said. “She gave me a winning stride every step of the way, it was just a matter of when I asked her.
“It’s been an unbelievable season and I want to thank all the owners and trainers because this is the sport of kings and they definitely showed it this meet,” Valdivia continued. “This is a great facility and I would like to thank my agent Steve Leving and the connections who have helped me like Mike Stidham, Larry Rivelli and Vince Foglia from the bottom of my heart.”
“She got beat in a couple of tough ones at Canterbury (Park) and we took her out to California and she really ran well against tough company,” Stidham added. “Today she really showed she’s a nice filly.”
Team Block’s Be Playful finished a game second under Edgar Perez for trainer Chris Block, returning $3.40 and $3. Savoy Stable’s Distorted Type, ridden by Mitchell Murrill for Dale Bennett, closed from the rear of the field to be third – 1 3/4 lengths astern Be Playful, returning $4.80 to show.
The Melanie Frances order of finish was completed by Pirate’s Trove, Eden Prairie, Puntsville and Fingers Crossed. Innovative Idea was scratched.
Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 77-day meet in 2015 from Friday, May 1 through Saturday, Sept. 26. Arlington International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates ten off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Chicago, Waukegan, Villa Park, Rockford, South Elgin, Hodgkins, McHenry and Orland Hills. Arlington International Racecourse is a proud member of America’s Best Racing. Information on Arlington International Racecourse and Trackside OTB can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arlingtonpark and www.facebook.com/tracksideotb, and on Twitter at @Arlington_Park for the latest happenings, @arlingtonracing for the latest racing news and @tracksideotb for all things pertaining to off-track wagering.