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Jockey Robby Albarado Sweeps Turf Stakes at Arlington

| Churchill Downs Communications | 05/22/2010 #

Jockey Robby Albarado made the most of his foray to Arlington Park by capturing both of Saturday's stakes races at his old Chicago stomping grounds.  The now Kentucky-based rider took the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas with Bay to Bay and the $100,000 Arlington Classic astride Workin for Hops.

"I was well mounted and was a good passenger in both races," he said.

Robert Smithen's Bay to Bay overtook the pacesetting Go Ask Alex at the sixteenth pole and drew clear to post a 2 ½-length victory in the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas.  The daughter of Sligo Bay covered the mile over a turf course officially listed as "soft" in 1:39.24.

"This is a very nice filly," Albarado said.  "She broke alertly and at every point, she let me know she was in my hands."

The Brian Lynch-trained filly picked up her second graded stakes victory in just six starts.  Last fall, the Canadian-based miss captured the Grade III Natalma at Woodbine Race Course near Toronto.  She earned $116,400 here to push her career bankroll to $297,578.

Go Ask Alex set a moderate pace of 24.88 seconds for the opening quarter, 49.09 second for the half and a three-quarter mile split of 1:14.18 before being passed by the eventual victress.  Her rider Chris Emigh was pleased with her performance.

"I was counting my money turning for home," Emigh said.  "I had a lot of horse. I had the pace my own way.  My horse ran a winning race but the winner just went by me.  She tried hard but she couldn't quite keep up at the end."

Queen of the Creek was third in the eight-horse field, followed by Orchestrator, Chantilly Nayla, Kilmore Quay, Besitos and Lucky Lass to complete the order of finish.

Bay to Bay, the second choice in the wagering, paid $5.40, $3.60 and $2.60.  Go Ask Alex returned $6.40 and $3.40.  Queen of the Creek paid $2.40.

Barely a half an hour later, Albarado was back in the winner's circle after wiring the Arlington Classic on Estrorace LLC's Workin for Hops.  The Mike Stidham-trained son of City Zip covered the mile and a sixteenth over soft turf in 1:45.43 after fractions of 24.63 seconds, 49.14 seconds, 1:14.67 and 1:39.17.

"I looked at the form and it looked like it might be easy fractions so circumstances dictated I go on with him and it worked out," Albarado said.

The Arlington Classic was the second stakes win of the year for Workin for Hops who also captured the $60,000 Grindstone Stakes at the Fair Grounds in March.  He added $58,200 to his bankroll, which now stands at $142,976 while improving his overall record to four wins from six starts.

Alfarabi rallied from mid pack to get up for the place spot and it was another length and a half back to Gleam of Hope.

"Settled good; ran good; finished good; firmer ground, different race," said a very matter-of-fact James Graham, who rode the runner up.

Workin for Hope paid $5.40, $3.60 and $3.  Alfarabi returned $6.60 and $2.40.  Gleam of Hope paid $4.60.

Mister Marti Gras, Our Champion, Family Foundation, Indy Scent and Summer Movie completed the order of finish.