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"CHAN" SOLVES "MYSTERY" IN JOHN HENRY STAKES
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 17, 2003) -- Baron Georg Von Ullmann's Chan Chan, making his North American debut, scored a front-running half-length victory in the $52,800 John Henry Stakes Sunday at Arlington Park. The previously German-based Chan Chan was trained by Peter Schiergen and ridden by local jockey Chris Emigh. He covered the mile and a sixteenth over "good" turf in 1:43.58.
Chan Chan was shipped to Arlington along with Walzerkoenigin, who finished fourth in Saturday's Grade I Beverly D.
Sent right to the lead by Emigh, Chan Chan coasted through leisurely fractions of 24.59 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 49.18 seconds for the half, 1:13.91 for three-quarters of a mile and a mile split of 1:37.71 en route to the final clocking.
"He got a nice easy lead," said Emigh. "He did everything I wanted. They told me to kick off before anybody else could get to me and try to hold on and that's what I did. I broke him a couple of times out of the gate and worked him on the turf against the Beverly D. horse. There wasn't much speed in the race and it worked out."
"Chris was kind enough to do a stall test with him during the week," said Paul Harley, stable manager for Von Ullman. "He let him jump out of the gate and he also sat on him in a piece of work. He gave him a beautiful ride without going too quick in front."
Harley said that Chan Chan will stay in the country under the tutelage of trainer Michael Dickinson while Walzerkoenigin will return to Europe on Monday.
Mystery Giver, the 1-2 favorite, rallied from last to finish second in the six-horse field. Rockchalk Jayhawk was another head back in third. Lacer, Attack the Books and Private Son completed the order of finish.
The John Henry was the fourth win in 13 trips to the post for Chan Chan, who earned $31,680 to boost his bankroll to $85,649.
Dismissed at 10-1, he paid $22, $5 and $2.60. Mystery Giver returned $2.20 and $2.10. Rockchalk Jayhawk paid $2.80.
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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