ARLINGTON PARK NOTES
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SATURDAY SIN GIVES APPRENTICE THORNTON FRIDAY THE 13TH VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 13, 2003) -- Friday the 13th proved to be lucky for apprentice jockey Tim Thornton who scored the first win of his career in the fourth race at Arlington Park aboard David Campbell's Saturday Sin.
Thornton, 16, from Lake Charles, La., began accepting mounts June 1 and scored with his 11th career ride. Earlier in the day Friday, Thornton finished second astride Rahyinsky in the second race.
"Christine (trainer Janks) told me to keep him clear," Thornton said. "He's a little scared of other horses. She told me to keep him outside and he'd surprise us. He was a little scared going into the gate but they finally got him in by waiting until all the other horses were loaded."
Sent to the lead, Saturday Sin drifted to the outside on the turn and was passed by Ricardo Sioux at the top of the stretch but was able to overtake that rival inside the final furlong en route to a three-length victory. The winner was clocked in 1:25.72 for seven furlongs over a fast track.
Thornton received the traditional bucket-of-water dousing from his fellow riders as he made his way back to the jockeys' quarters.
Dispatched at odds of more than 30-1, Saturday Sin paid $62.40, $25.20 and $12.60.
Arlington Park opened its 104-day 2003 meet on Friday, May 9 and will race through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates seven off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots Bar & Grill featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. For further information on Arlington Park, visit www.arlingtonpark.com.
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