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Stream Cat Wins Arlington Handicap
Fab Oak Stable, Bobby Hurley & John Goldthorpe’s Stream Cat saved ground while stalking the leader Cosmonaut, split horses in the stretch and put away Cosmonaut in the final furlong to win the Grade III $194,000 Arlington Handicap by 3 ¾ lengths on Saturday at Arlington Park. James Graham rode the “Rusty” Arnold trainee who covered the mile and a quarter over soft ground in 2:04.83.
The 5-year-old gelding, who finished fourth beaten only a length in last year’s Arlington Million, was coming off a nine-month layoff, but trainer George “Rusty” Arnold felt his horse was ready for the return.
“Class horses get ready easy and make you look good,” said Arnold. “It was easy because he’s a good horse. I’ve only had him a month and a half. We were a little worried about the pace, but James kept him right in the race and everything worked out good.”
Two-time defending champion Cosmonaut broke on the lead and posted fractions of 24.32 seconds, 49.89 seconds, 1:15.31 and 1:39.98 while Stream Cat bided his time last of the four runners for more than three quarters of a mile but never more than two lengths off the lead.
“Only one thing I have to say – no excuses,” said Rene Douglas who rode the beaten favorite. “The other horse just ran by me. (My horse) was doing it easily early, but the other horse was better today.”
Corrupt was three-quarters of a length back as the third-place finisher and Tiger Woodman completed the order of finish.
Second choice in the wagering at odds of 5-2, Stream Cat paid $7 and $2.60. Cosmonaut returned $2.10 to place. There was no show betting on the race.
The Arlington Handicap, the final prep for the Grade I Arlington Million on Aug. 9, is one of three graded stakes races presented on the suburban Chicago track’s Million Preview Day program that also included the Grade III Modesty Handicap and the Grade II American Derby.