|Arlington Park Stakes Results
'JULIE' TAKES TOP PRIZE IN NATIVE PET HANDICAP
State-Bred Champion Extends Unbeaten Streak To Four
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 11, 2003) -- Richard Otto Stables Inc.'s Julie's Prize, champion Illinois 2-year-old filly of 2002, picked up her third victory as a sophomore and extended her overall win skein to four with a come-from-behind 1 1/4-length score in the $40,000 Native Pet Handicap, the Mother's Day feature at Arlington Park.
Ridden by Larry Sterling Jr., the daughter of El Prado was last after a half mile in the seven-furlong race, but rallied five wide in the stretch to get up in the final sixteenth of mile. She covered the distance in 1:25.11 over a track officially listed as sloppy.
"I'm four-for-four on this filly. I may have to marry her," joked Sterling, who also guided Julie's Prize to victory in the $100,000 Illinois Breeders' Debutante last fall and the $100,000 Peach Of It Handicap earlier this year. "She was questionable going seven-eighths but the speed came back and everything worked out perfectly."
"She did win here going three-quarters of a mile last year but was disqualified from that one," pointed out trainer Tony Mitchell. "She's naturally a two-turn horse but she has the ability to win wherever I put her. She'll run next in the $75,000 Purple Violet Stakes (June 21)."
Julie's Prize earned $24,000 to boost her bankroll to $198,382 while moving her record to four wins, two seconds and three thirds from 10 starts. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Julie's Prize paid $8.20, $4.20 and $2.80.
Cashmere Miss was second in the six-horse field and paid $8.40 and $4. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Gumbo Love who returned $2.80. She's Fantastic, Book the Devil and Moon Shine Time completed the order of finish.
Arlington Park -- host to the record-breaking 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- will run a 104-day meet in 2003 from Friday, May 9, through Saturday, Sept. 27. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates six off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside Rockford, Trackside Waukegan and Longshots featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at www.arlingtonpark.com.
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