ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — With an unlikely assist from the postmaster in Centralia, Wash., Top Corsage won the $162,500 Arlington Oaks by 9 1/2 lengths over Lady Gallant Thursday before 11,529 fans at Arlington Park.
Dan Agnew, the Centralia lumberman who owns Top Corsage, mailed Arlington the $100 nomination fee for the Oaks Aug. 15, the day before the postmark deadline.
When Arlington's racing office received the nomination, it had two postmarks--Aug. 15 according to Agnew's office mailing machine and Aug. 18 by a post office near the track.
Arlington officials contacted the Centralia postmaster, who assured them that Agnew's postmark was correct.
Top Corsage, a 3-year-old daughter of Topsider-Corsage who cost Agnew $90,000 at a Keeneland yearling auction, paid $10 to win as the third betting choice in the 1 1/8-mile race. Lady Gallant finished second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of favored Pamela Paul. The order after that was Ms. Eloise, Nymph of the Night, Bold N Special, Mille Et Une, Tricky Fingers, Asir and Barbarina.