|Arlington Park Stakes results
KORBYN GOLD EARNS THE GOLD IN ARLINGTON'S SPECTACULAR BID
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2003) -- Despite racing greenly in the stretch run, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Korbyn Gold overcame his inexperience to draw off for a three-length tally in Saturday's $46,950 Spectacular Bid Stakes, final local 2-year-old prep for the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 27.
"For whatever reason, he was late changing leads," said jockey Corey Lanerie. "I was doing everything I could to keep him focused, but once I got his mind on his business, he was fine. Personally, I think he'll run all day."
Korbyn Gold, always well placed, challenged for command inside the furlong marker and drew off in the late stages, returning $4.80, $2.80 and $2.10 as the choice of the fans. The colt toured the seven-furlong distance in 1:23.91
Finishing second was Robert B. & Beverly J. Lewis's Voladero, returning $3.00 and $2.20 after pressing the pace and gaining the advantage briefly in upper stretch. Patricia Blass's Got the Goods, who made most of the pace, held the third spot at the wire while finishing nine lengths behind Voladero. That colt paid $2.20.
Korbyn Gold, winner of Lone Star's $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup earlier this summer but a disappointing eighth in his last start in the $100,000 James C. Ellis Juvenile in Western Kentucky, increased his earnings to $89,370 with his $28,170 winner's share of the Spectacular Bid. The gray son of Gold Case is trained by Steve Asmussen.
Earlier in the afternoon, Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires gave one of his patented front-running performances when he broke in full stride to lead every step of the way aboard Carolyn & Harry Disko's I Can Fan Fan in the $40,000 Let's Do Lunch Handicap to hold on by a length at the wire.
"I didn't get to go real slow on the front end," said Fires, always known for his mastery of pace, "but I got to go slow enough."
As the longest shot on the board in the five-horse field in the mile and a sixteenth grass test that was restricted to Illinois foals, I Can Fan Fan paid $19.40, $6.80 and $3.00, and accomplished the distance in 1:37.86. Mark Cristel trains the daughter of Lear Fan.
Team Block's Storm to Glory finished second, a neck to the good of Nancy A. Vanier's Cottage Rose. Storm to Glory returned mutuels of $3.60 and $2.40, while Cottage Rose paid $3.20 for third.
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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