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ARLINGTON NOTES

Arlington Park Stakes results


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CHARACTER WITNESS WINS AWAD STAKES

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 8, 2003) -- Character Witness, owned and trained by Louie Roussel III, led from start to finish en route to a three-length victory in the $47,400 Awad Stakes for 3-year-olds Sunday at Arlington Park. E. T. Baird rode the gelded son of Dumaani, who covered the mile over a sloppy track in 1:36.71.

Breaking alertly from the inside, Character Witness took advantage of a ground saving trip while setting fractions of 23.17 seconds, 45.95 seconds, 1:09.75 and 1:22.85.

"He broke running," Baird said. "He was into the bridle the whole way. I was just a passenger. From the eighth pole to the wire, he just took it on home."

The Awad Stakes was the second straight win and third victory overall for Character Witness, who earned $28,440 to boost his bankroll to $55,530.

Megoman rallied from far back to run second. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to third-place finisher Herculated. Distinguishable, Scottago and Digimon completed the order of finish in the field, which was reduced to six after the race was transferred from the turf to the main track.

Character Witness paid $15.60, $6.60 and $4. Megoman returned $5.80 and $4. Herculated, the 3-5 favorite, paid $3.

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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