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ARLINGTON NOTES

Arlington Park Stakes Results


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AL'S DEARLY BRED RALLIES FOR MISTER GUS STAKES VICTORY

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (May 26, 2003) -- Making his first start since last November, John Castro's Al's Dearly Bred rallied from mid pack to win the $48,150 Mister Gus Stakes at Arlington Park on Monday before a Memorial Day holiday crowd of 14,134. Rene Douglas rode the son of Waquoit, who covered the about one mile distance over firm turf in 1:37.47.

"He's a tough old horse," said trainer Hugh Robertson of the 6-year-old gelding. "He runs well every time you lead him over. We'll see how he comes out of this race and take a look at the ($150,000) Sea o'Erin (Breeders' Cup Mile, June 15) or maybe a race up at Canterbury at about the same time. Mac (Hugh's son who has a division of the stable in Minnesota) will probably want me to send him up there for that."

Kept near the middle of the pack for most of the race, Al's Dearly Bred was angled to the outside in the stretch and closed strongly to get to the lead inside the sixteenth pole and earn a half-length tally.

"The main thing was to get position early," said Douglas. "I didn't want to be too far back because I hadn't seen too many horses close on the turf here so far, but at the same time I didn't want to change my horse's (running) style. Once I got position, I was patient and I didn't want to move too soon. Down the stretch, I went to the outside so my horse could keep his momentum going. When I asked him to run, he just took off."

The Mister Gus Stakes was the 10th win in 27 starts for Al's Dearly Bred, who earned $28,890 for the victory to elevate his bankroll to $275,374. Sent off as the 5-2 favorite, he paid $7, $3.80 and $3.20.

Holy Conflict raced up close throughout and finished second in the 10-horse field and paid $4 and $4. It was another length and a quarter back to third-place finisher Man o' Rhythm, who returned $8.

Attack the Books, Big Daddy Longlegs, Scooter Roach, Ivan Jay Perry, Major Omansky, Flamin' Jolie and Meadowminer 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. -- runs a 104-day meet in 2003 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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