|Arlington Park Stakes results
OUT OF MY WAY WINS SATURDAY'S $100,000 ARLINGTON SPRINT
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 23, 2003) -- Out of My Way, owned by the Peter Cappas, Founders Group, and Crown's Way Farm, came from just off the pace to capture Saturday's seventh running of the $100,000 Arlington Sprint by three lengths.
Ronnie Lamarque's Bright Valour was up to gain the place, finishing a neck to the good of third place finisher Deer Lake, owned by Amerman Racing Stables LLC.
"It always great thrill to win a race," said trainer Gene Cilio. "It's even better to win a stakes. But, when you've bred a horse, watched him grow up, and he wins a race like this, that's something special."
Content to track the pace through brisk fractions of 22.65, and 45.80, winning jockey Curt Bourque kept his mount out of trouble, racing three wide most of the race. He grabbed the lead turning from home and never looked back.
"I couldn't let the front runners (Distinction and Deer Lake) get away from me early," said jockey Bourque. "I'd really like to thank Mr. Gene (Cilio) and all the crew for doing a great job with this horse. He's on the top of his game. He's a hard-knocking horse who got beat a nose in his last, a dirty nose, but it happens. I just sat on him early and, turning for home, I just moved my hands on him a couple of times and he went on about his business."
"Last year he had some problems and he tried my patience an awful lot," added trainer Cilio, "but I knew he had the heart to come back and he has made us all very proud. "
"He ran a great race," said jockey Chris Emigh, speaking of Ronnie Lamarque's Bright Valour, the runner-up. "He was kicking in late, but the winner just kept rolling."
"He broke well," said Rene Douglas, astride Amerman Racing LLC's Deer Lake, who made the pace before weakening to be third. "We had a good trip. I tried to save some for the end but the best horse won. My horse ran his heart out."
"We'll just take it a little at a time and see what's down the road, maybe something at Keeneland or Churchill. We might take him to New Orleans and run him a time or two."
The winner covered the six-furlong distance in 1:09.82 after early fractions of 22.65, 45.80, and 57.32 were posted.
Out of My Way, the favorite in the race, paid $6.40, $3.60, and $2.60. Bright Valour, getting up for second in the final yards, paid $6.00 and $3.00. Deer Lake, held on for third after setting the early pace, paid $2.60 to show.
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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