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ARLINGTON NOTES

Arlington Park Stakes Results


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SOURIS WINS $75,000 TOP FLIGHT STAKES

ARLINGTON PARK, Ill. (August 31, 2002) -- Nelson Bunker Hunt's Souris battled with You Glitter Girl for a half a mile before putting away that rival in the stretch en route to a two length victory in the $75,000 Top Flight Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park. Robby Albarado rode the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Defrere who covered the six furlongs over a fast track in a stakes record time of 1:11.08 and paid $4.80, $2.60 and $2.10.

"She's a kind filly," said Albarado, who picked up the mount when her regular rider Corey Lanerie went to Delaware Park to ride Confiding Winner in a stakes race there. "Steve has done a great job with her. I was just a passenger and I guided her in the right direction. My initial plan wasn't to be up there that close (to the pace), but she was well within herself. I rode her with the utmost confidence."

You Glitter Girl held a short advantage in the early stages of the race, leading through fractions of 22.64 for the opening quarter and a half-mile split in 46.12 seconds. In the stretch Souris, who was never more than a head behind the leader, sprinted clear.

Christmas Time, the even-money betting favorite, rallied from last to get within a length and a half of the winner while posing no serious threat and finished second, paying $2.60 and $2.10. You Glitter Girl was another eighth lengths back in third and returned $2.20. Golden Dayjur and Invader completed the order of finish.

"I have no excuse," said Christmas Time's jockey Rene Douglas. "She was second best today. Everything happened the way I thought it would. The race set up the way I thought it would. I just couldn't catch the winner."

The Top Flight was Souris' second win in as many starts. The Steve Asmussen trainee broke her maiden at first asking, scoring by 4 lengths here on August 1. The $45,000 winner's share boosted her earnings to $64,800.

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