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CHAMPION CARESSING PREVAILS IN SINGAPORE PLATE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 11, 2001) -- Carl F. Pollard's Caressing, champion 2-year-old filly of 2000, took the lead around the second turn and held off the late challenge of Gal On the Go to win the Grade III $125,000 Singapore Plate by a length Saturday at Arlington Park.
Ridden by Rene Douglas, the David Vance-trained daughter of Honour and Glory covered the mile and an eighth in 1:50.74 and paid $4.60, $2.80 and $2.40 as the 13-10 betting favorite in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies. She earned $75,000 to boost her bankroll to $847,662 and picked up her fifth victory in nine career trips to the post.
Caressing sat just off a moderate pace jointly set by Dancing Emi and Supreme Song, who battled for the lead for more than three-quarters of a mile before fading toward the back of the pack in the stretch. The winner was guided off the rail by Douglas, who asked his mount to pick up the leaders with about three-eighths of a mile left in the race. Caressing, who was the upset winner of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last November at Churchill Downs, was engaged mid-stretch by Gal On the Go but turned back that rival to prevail.
"She was very focused," Douglas said. "Mr. Vance told me to try and keep her on the outside, but when I took her inside at one point she didn't hesitate at all."
Vance was pleased with his filly's performance but knows that she has away to go before regaining the form she showed when winning the Juvenile Fillies last year.
"She just about halfway showed up today," Vance said. "She's got a lot more work to do. She still needs to learn some things. In the morning, she's not that easy to relax but in the afternoons she relaxes very well."
Gal On the Go was a clear second and paid $3.00 and $2.40.
"She ran a beautiful race," said Vickie Foley, Gal On the Go's trainer. "For a moment there I thought she had it, but she just couldn't get by Caressing who is a really nice filly."
Scoop was another 3½ lengths back in third and paid $3.40. Morning Sun, Northwest Colors, Supreme Song, Dancin Emi and C Millie completed the order of finish.
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