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Sunday, September 24, 2000
99th Day


Dare and Go came to Arlington International in 1994 as a still-developing sophomore to challenge an international field in the Grade 1 Secretariat.

Despite his relative inexperience, the California-based Dare and Go defeated all but one of them, finishing a good second to Vaudeville, a precocious three-year-old who had dead-heated for the win in the American Derby earlier in the summer.

Two summers later, Cigar came to Chicago in July and tied Citation's 16-race win streak in the Arlington Citation Challenge. However, when Cigar journeyed to Del Mar in August, he failed in his attempt to extend the victory skein.

The winner that afternoon was a matured Dare and Go - racing as a five-year-old on his more familiar West Coast ground.

Now, the spirit of Dare and Go is set to return Saturday, when his daughter Dare She Goes will attempt to win the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie on the last afternoon of Arlington's current 103-day meeting.

"She just kind of stood out," said Dare She Goes' owner James W. Orr Jr. when speaking of his private purchase of the filly in Florida. "She wasn't quite as large as you'd like, but she was a correct filly, and she had a presence about her. She was a sassy type. She just seemed to have a lot of pizzazz."

"Pizzazz" might come in handy on Saturday. The Lassie is a one-mile test for two-year-old fillies, asking juvenile distaffers to add an additional quarter mile to the six furlongs of their limited experience.

In the $75,000 Top Flight, final local prep for the Lassie contested September 9, Dare She Goes took command in mid-stretch and then failed to withstand She's a Devil Due in the last jump of the three-quarter mile test. That filly is also set for Saturday.

"I didn't think I was going to get the lead that early," said Dare She Goes' jockey Chris Emigh immediately after the Top Flight. "I thought the speed would last a little longer. My filly ran a great race. She just got caught in that last jump."

Dare She Goes broke her maiden by three and a half lengths in her previous start August 12 in a less than fully extended effort.

Orr, a native of Moberly, Missouri, now lives in Kansas City. Would he be at Arlington to see Dare She Goes go postward in the 66th running of the Arlington-Washington Lassie?

"Absolutely," he said. "I've turned down a lot of money for her, and I want to be there to see just how ignorant I am. I love Arlington. They treat you superbly there and it's just an hour and a quarter flight for me to get there. Arlington coming back this summer makes a great alternative to racing in Kentucky, and I've always thought the city of Chicago is a wonderful place to come.

"Also, my trainer Bob Irwin and his wife Lori are very good friends," Orr said. "We go to the Kentucky Derby together every year as a family unit. Bob is a great trainer. We met when he was training American Saddlebreds and my daughter Deborah was a champion Saddlebred rider. Lori just makes the game such fun. They're both really quality people, and without a doubt, he's the most dedicated horseman I've ever met. In fact, I wish he'd get away from those horses once in awhile.

"Hopefully, both my daughter and my son Kevin will be able to be here for the Lassie," Orr concluded, "because right now with the way this filly is running, I feel like I'm on top of the world."

As the final graded stakes of the season, the 66th running of the Lassie will serve as the racing highlight on "Fan Appreciation Day" - an afternoon that will begin with free admission for all and end with a ceremonial fireworks show as dusk falls shortly after the last race.

The pyrotechnics display, always a fan favorite at Chicago's premier oval, is Arlington's way of thanking its guests for their support throughout the meeting.

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