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SWEET JO JO AND SAN PEDRO SHARE SUNDAY ARLINGTON HONORS
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 27, 2003) -- A pair of overnight stakes events highlighted the Sunday card at Arlington Park with Grunwald Racing LLC's Sweet Jo Jo taking the $53,200 Silver Maiden Stakes and Richard F. Rudolph's San Pedro capturing the $45,000 Play Fellow Handicap.
Under leading jockey Rene Douglas, Sweet Jo Jo sat just off the pace in the 5½-furlong Silver Maiden, took the lead turning for home and drew off to win by 3½ lengths in 1:05.83. The victory was the third in four starts for the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Grand Slam whose only defeat came in the Grade III Debutante at Churchill Downs. The $31,920 winner's share boosted her bankroll to $59,210.
"You can see that this filly can sprint," said Douglas, who was riding Sweet Jo Jo for the first time in the Silver Maiden, "but I think she'll be even better running long. She has a lot of natural speed, but it's not crazy speed and she has a real long stride."
Zosima rallied from fourth to finish second in the field of eight 2-year-old fillies, 10 lengths clear of Lady's Room. Brodnicki, Hoot N Dasher, Cedar Summer, Ide Be a Lady and Miss Swain completed the order of finish.
Sweet Jo Jo, the 6-5 favorite, paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.20. Zosima returned $3.80 and $2.80. Lady's Room paid $3.80.
San Pedro rallied from far back to overtake pacesetter Out of My Way in the final stride of the Play Fellow, a one-mile race for state-bred runners, 3-years-old and up. Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires rode the Joseph "Spanky" Broussard trainee who covered the mile in 1:36.99.
"He ran his butt off," said Fires, the track's all-time leading rider with more than 2,700 victories here. "The leader got away from me on the turn. I had to circle a couple of horses to get back to him, but he put his run in, ran hard and caught him."
The Play Fellow was the first win of the year for San Pedro whose record now stands at seven wins from 23 starts. The $27,000 winner's check elevated his earnings to $238,050.
Saquache was third, followed by Big Daddy Longlegs, Ivan Jay Perry and Chasmo to complete the order of finish.
Second choice in the wagering, San Pedro paid $6.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Out of My Way paid $2.10 and $2.10. Saquache paid $2.10.
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 seven off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, 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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