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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Stakes results


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TRI CROWN, TOP FLIGHT TOP FRIDAY ARLINGTON ACTION

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 5, 2003) -- Hilary Pridham & Three Kings Stable's I'm a Majek Girl stalked a quick pace, took command in the stretch and drew off to a convincing 7-length tally in the $47,700 Top Flight Stakes on Friday at Arlington Park. Frank Lovato Jr. guided the 2-year-old daughter of Captain Bodgit who went the seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:23.93.

"I was in the garden spot," said Lovato, who was riding the filly for the first time. "When I asked her to picked it up, she showed me quite a bit of acceleration. Nobody was going to catch us. The way she ran today, I think she'll be able to stretch out (to longer distances)."

The Top Flight was the second win in as many starts for I'm a Majek Girl, who broke her maiden for a $50,000 claiming price here August 2. The $28,620 winner's share boosted her earnings to $42,420. The race served as a prep for the Grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie, which will be run here over one mile on closing day, Sept. 27. Co-owner Pridham says the filly remains on target for that race.

Uncontrollable, the 2-1 post time favorite, rallied from last at the half-mile pole to finish second in the field of nine juvenile distaffers. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to Lovely Afternoon. Hot Mail, Ghostly Gate, Souvenir Doll, Old Fashion Girl, Rebel Lil and Willow Cove completed the order of finish.

I'm a Majek Girl paid $20.40, $7.60 and $5.40. Uncontrollable returned $4.20 and $3.40. Lovely Afternoon paid $7.40.

Also on Friday, BJK Thoroughbreds' Bulldog George rallied from just off the pace to post a four-length victory in the 6-furlong co-featured $40,000 Tri Crown Handicap restricted to Illinois-registered sprinters. Eusebio Razo Jr. rode the Jim Wiser-trained son of Lost Code who covered the distance in a meet's fastest 1:15.03.

Based at downstate Fairmount Park, Bulldog George picked up his fourth win from nine starts this year. In July, he beat open company rivals in the $25,000 Shecky Greene Handicap at the Collinsville, Ill., oval.

"Jimmy said he's been schooling the horse to come from off the pace," Razo said of the 4-year-old gelding. "He broke well and I was right behind Rene (jockey Douglas on favored Silver Bid). I was right where I wanted to be and he just took off."

Sent off at odds of more than 10-1, Bulldog George paid $22.40, $7.20 and $2.10. Manitowish ran second in the five-horse field and returned $5 and $2.10. Silver Bid salvaged third after setting a quick pace of 44.46 for a half-mile and paid $2.10. Tic N Tin and Classic Appeal 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 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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