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ARLINGTON PARK

Arlington Park Stakes results


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MEGOMAN TAKES PARADISE CREEK STAKES

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 7, 2003) -- Three Diamonds Stable's Megoman stalked a slow pace, took command turning for home and drew off to a 1-length victory in the $46,800 Paradise Creek Stakes Sunday at Arlington Park.

Eduardo Perez was aboard the 3-year-old son of Traitor who covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:45.70.

The Paradise Creek, restricted to sophomores, was the second straight victory for the Charlie Bettis-trained colt whose record now stands at five wins and five seconds from 13 trips to the post. The $28,080 winner's share boosted his earnings to $134,600.

Under Perez, Megoman sat reserved in third position content to wait behind a pedestrian pace of 26.19 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 51.98 seconds for the half-mile and a three-quarter of a mile in 1:16.54.

Mr Mississippi made a belated rally to finish second in the five-horse field with Scottago reporting home in third. Distinguishable and G P Fleet completed the order of finish.

Megoman paid $10.80, $6 and $3.60. Mr Mississippi returned $5 and $3.60. Scottago paid $3.

Also on Sunday, Win IV LLC's Scooter Roach made a four-wide move at the top of the stretch en route to a half-length tally in the $40,000 Explosive Darling Handicap for Illinois-registered older horses. The Michele Boyce-trained son of Mi Cielo was ridden by Jesse Campbell and negotiated the mile and a sixteenth over the turf in 1:42.96.

The win was the first this year for Scooter Roach, the adjudged victor in the Grade III Hawthorne Derby in 2002, and was his fifth in 22 starts overall. The $24,000 winner's check for the Explosive Darling elevated his earnings to $296,884.

Garesche rallied from last at the top of the stretch to finish second in the eight-horse field. It was another neck back to the favored coupling of Smilin' Slew and G All Day. Buster Bailey, Sir Joe Kelly, Our Last Novel and Shandy completed the order of finish.

Scooter Roach paid $14.20, $8.40 and $2.10. Garesche returned $8.60 and $2.10. Smilin' Slew 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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