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Jockey Rene Douglas injured in Arlington Matron
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Published: 5/23/2009 11:35 PM

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Pin Oak Stud's Euphony, under jockey Cliff Berry, regained the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to a three-quarter length victory Saturday in the Grade III $150,000 Arlington Matron at Arlington Park.

The race was marred by injury when Born to Be clipped heels with Sky Mom near the top of the stretch, unseating jockey Rene Douglas.

Douglas, who was conscious and alert, was taken to Northwest Community Hospital after complaining of back pain and soreness in his neck.

Euphony paid $17.80, $8.20 and $3.60. Kiss With a Twist paid $5.20 and $3. Indescribable returned $2.10.

American 1000 Guineas: Phipps Stable's Consequence split horses midstretch and held off a late rally by Excelente to win the second running of the American 1000 Guineas by a half-length. John Velazquez came in from his New York home base to guide the Shug McGaughey-trained daughter of El Prado, who covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:37.59.

The 6-5 favorite, Consequence paid $4.40, $3.40 and $2.40. Excelente returned $9.60 and $5.60. Afternoon Stroll paid $4.80.

The Hanshin: The jockey-trainer-owner trio of John Velazquez and Shug McGaughey posted their second Arlington stakes victory of the afternoon when they combined for a 21/4-length tally with Vacation in the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup, approximately one hour after scoring with Consequence in the $200,000 American 1000 Guineas Stakes.

Vacation paid $9.20, $6.20 and $4. Dominican returned $5.80 and $3.60. Cherokee Artist paid $3.20,

Arlington Classic: Giant Oak, with Eddie Razo Jr. aboard, brought home the title in the Arlington Classic.