Sunday, July 27, 2014


Contact: David Zenner
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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 27, 2014) – Jockey Maria Thornton won the first race of her career in the second race Sunday at Arlington International Racecourse when she guided the Larry Bingham and John Conforti's Stephensclassygal to a 6½-length victory for trainer Scott Mullins in the 1 1/16-miles Polytrack race.
        The 25-year-old Thornton, younger sister of Arlington veteran Tim Thornton, accepted her first mount on Thursday, July 24, and was riding in just her third race when she broke her maiden.
        "It feels great (to win).  It was very unexpected," Thornton said.  "There's no feeling like it – none at all. You get chills like crazy.  Tim told me it was 13 (rides before he won) but this was just my third one."
Though she only recently took out her license,  she has been working horses in the morning over the last year and credits conditioners John Haran, Frank Kirby, Moises Yanez and Mike Stidham – in addition to Mullins – for helping her get to this point.  Since just prior to the meet, she had been under the employ of Stidham in the mornings, working many of his quality horses.
Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run an 89-day meet in 2014 from Friday, May 2 through Sunday, Sept. 28. Arlington International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 11 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Chicago, East Moline, Waukegan, Villa Park, Rockford, South Elgin, Hodgkins, McHenry and Orland Hills.  Arlington International Racecourse is a proud member of America's Best Racing. Information on Arlington International Racecourse and Trackside OTB can be found online at, on Facebook at and, and on Twitter at @Arlington_Park for the latest happenings, @arlingtonracing for the latest racing news and @tracksideotb for all things pertaining to off-track wagering.
David ZennerSenior Manager of Communications
Arlington International Racecourse
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