|Arlington Park Stakes results
ATTEN HUT MARCHES TO MANILA VICTORY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sept. 25, 2003) -- Robert H. Shepard's Atten Hut split horses at the top of the stretch, took the lead inside the eighth pole and held on to win the $46,650 Manila Stakes by three-quarters of a length on Thursday at Arlington Park. Recent Arlington Park arrival Eddie Martin Jr. was aboard the 2-year-old son of Military who covered the mile over firm turf in 1:38.76.
Trained by Mark Thompson, Atten Hut had been based at Louisiana Downs where he broke his maiden on the grass last month. The Manila Stakes, his second win in as many tries over the lawn, boosted his overall record to two victories from four starts and the $27,990 winner's share elevated his earnings to $45,040.
Under a patient ride from Martin, Atten Hut was kept off the pace while saving ground along the rail. He moved into contention turning for home, overtook pacesetter Trust Me and repelled a late rally by 3-5 favorite Knox to gain the score.
Sent off as the longest shot in the race at odds of more than 10-1, Atten Hut returned $22.40, $5.20 and $2.10. Knox paid $2.40 and $2.10. It was another half a length back to Trust Me, who 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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