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Friday, September 22, 2000
97th Day


Nancy A. Vanier's Wade for Me, who posted back-to-back wins on the main track to close out her 1999 campaign, looms a strong choice should she go postward in Sunday's feature at Arlington International - the $50,000-added Unique Type Stakes.

Wade for Me, who finished seventh in the Grade 1 Beverly D. in her last trip to the post, was cross-entered in Saturday's Reluctant Guest Stakes.

However, should the field remain intact for the Unique Type, the one-mile Illinois overnight stakes for fillies and mares three-years-old and upward will have a gross value of $52,400 with a $31,440 share of that sum going to the owners of the winner.

Wade for Me was supplemented to the Beverly D. August 19 and was competitive until the late stages of the mile and three-sixteenths grass test. The daughter of Western Playboy had been added to the field in the hope of a fast early pace that did not develop.

In her start before the Beverly D., Wade for Me captured the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap by a nose after closing with a bold late rush over a soft turf course. Previously, she had won the $42,000 Office Queen Handicap here July 8 by three parts of a length in another start over the lawn.

Nevertheless, the chestnut mare closed out her campaign last season with an eight-length tally in the mud at Hawthorne in an allowance race restricted to state-breds.

In her start before that October 9, Wade for Me won Hawthorne's $45,000 Explosive Kitten by a head on a main track rated fast.

Crown's Way, Joseph Marovich & Founders Group et al's Sandy's Way could provide strong competition for Wade for Me. Sandy's Way has won her last two in a row, most recently capturing the $45,000 Your Ladyship Handicap here September 10 by three and a half lengths.

Prior to the Your Ladyship, Sandy's Way, a four-year-old Twining filly, was clearly best in allowance company here August 23.

Sandy's Way will be ridden by Eddie Razo Jr., while Wade for Me has Chris Emigh named to handle the reins.

Facing the top two in the Unique Type Stakes are: Beverly Witthauer's Sexy Lexie, Mark Guidry aboard; Richard E. Trebat's Prairie Spring, Lupe Macias doing the booting; Gertrude A. Randall's Miss Snow Code, Randy Meier astride; Robert Lockman's Lu Keel, Tim Doocy in the saddle; R. T. M. Racing Ltd.'s Faccia Bella, Carlos Silva up; and Hi n Breezy Stable's Dowager Lady, Roberto Perez slated for the tack.

Of these, Miss Snow Code could be troublesome. She closed to be a good fourth, beaten less than four lengths in the Your Ladyship at six furlongs, and should benefit from the added two furlongs on Sunday.

Prairie Spring made or forced the pace in her last start September 13 and won by almost seven lengths when racing for an $18,000 claiming tag.

Sexy Lexie, who won her last start in allowance company by a length when racing over muddy going, would appear to benefit from off-track conditions again on Sunday.


All thoroughbred racing fans are reminded that tickets will be available at the door Sunday night for The Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund Dinner and Silent Auction at Arlington Trackside, with cocktails beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner following at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 per person for the Mixed Grill "Flashback to the 70s" Dinner, with proceeds going to the Fund which assists riders injured on the track and in need of supplemental assistance while unable to ride.

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