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TRAINER KIRBY SADDLES TWO WINNERS IN ONE RACE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 13, 2003) -- Veteran conditioner Frank J. Kirby earned an unusual training double by saddling both dead-heat winners in Sunday's first race at Arlington Park.
Hondo Ranch Inc.'s Call Me Dorie, who had taken the lead in mid-stretch, was collared at the wire by Gary & Beth Leverton's Wild About Rachel and finished on equal terms with that rival in the six-furlong race which was clocked in 1:12.05 over a fast track. Alfredo Juarez Jr. was aboard Call Me Dorie and Rene Douglas was astride Wild About Rachel.
"How about that?" said Kirby moments after the race. "I knew it was close and I couldn't tell which horse won (before the result was posted), but I had a hunch when it took as long as it did to post the numbers that it might be a dead heat. Not a bad way to start the day."
Wild About Rachel, who was program number 1, paid $4.60, $5.20 and $2.60. Call Me Dorie, No. 2 in the program, returned $3.80, $4.40 and $2.40. The all-Kirby exacta combinations of 1-2 and 2-1 paid $22.60 and $17.20, respectively.
The two winners give Kirby nine for the meet and move him into the top 10 in the trainer standings.
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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