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AUD AND PASS THE PEPPER SHARE SUNDAY ARLINGTON PARK SPOTLIGHT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 6, 2003) -- A pair of overnight events topped the action on Sunday at Arlington Park as the curtain fell on the three-day Fourth of July holiday weekend at the suburban Chicago oval.
Willmott Stable Inc.'s homebred Aud rallied from second to last at the top of the stretch to win the $47,550 Double Delta Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The daughter of Wild Again was ridden by Kentucly-based jockey Brian Peck and covered the mile over yielding turf in 1:38.15.
"I figured there would be a couple of horses out there on the lead," said Peck. "They weren't going real fast but it was an honest pace. My filly settled in real nice and she relaxed for me. When I asked her at the top of the lane, she gave me everything she had."
Cat's Cat, who set a moderate-to-quick pace of 1:25.98 for seven furlongs, was game in defeat, finishing a half length to the good of U K Trick. Favored Shot Gun Favorite was fourth, followed by Begin the Beguine, Bayani, Bakewell Tart and Combat Soldier to complete the order of finish.
The Double Delta was the third win in seven starts for the Tony Reinstedler-trained Aud, who picked up $28,530 to elevate her earnings to $87,915.
Aud paid $7.80, $4.40 and $2.80. Cat's Cat returned $4.60 and $3.20. U K Trick paid $3.40.
Also on Sunday, Cherrywood Racing Stable II's Pass the Pepper battled every step of the way to win the $40,000 Meafara Handicap by a neck over Smoke Chaser. E. T. Baird rode the Michele Boyce-trained daughter of K. O. Punch who went the six and a half furlongs over a sloppy track 1:17.51.
Pass the Pepper battled with Soul Onarazorsedge for the first half mile of the race, posting a fractions of 22.41 for the opening quarter and a 45.44 half-mile split. Pass the Pepper began to draw off from that rival in the lane and was all out to hold off the late rally of Smoke Chaser.
"That wasn't easy," Boyce said. "It's been a long time since she'd run (May 16). She only had a light half-mile work coming into this race. I should have put a little more into her before this race. What she did today, she did strictly on heart. She was a dead tired filly after three-quarters."
Pass the Pepper paid $5.60, $3.20 and $2.60 as the 9-5 post time favorite. Smoke Chaser returned $3.20 and $2.60. Soul Onarazorsedge paid $3. Cielo Girl, Endless Honour and Abba Gold 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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