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SCOOP WINS FLAWLESSLY STAKES
St. Julien Sweeps Weekend Thoroughbred Headliners
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (August 26, 2001) -- Trainer Gene Cilio was all smiles when Arlington Park management moved the $63,000 Flawlessly Stakes from the turf to the main track following overnight rains.
Cilio would have scratched his entrant, James Tafel LLC's Scoop, from the mile and an eighth race had it remained on the lawn, but instead found himself posing with his equine star in the winner's circle after she rallied from third at the top of the stretch to win the race by a length over Glory Glory. The daughter of Gone West covered the nine furlongs in 1:51.54 and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.20.
The win completed a weekend Thoroughbred stakes sweep for jockey Marlon St. Julien who captured Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Sprint with Bet On Sunshine.
"When I got here this morning and saw they took the race off the turf I was excited," St. Julien said. "I had studied the Form last night and I knew that I'd be live here."
Glory Glory, the pacesetter among the five 3-year-old fillies, held on for second, returning $5.40 and $4.00. It was another 10 lengths back to Amybdancing, who finished third and paid $3.40. La Vida Loca and I Can Go Go completed the order of finish.
The victory was the fourth in 11 starts for Scoop, who won the $150,000 National Jockey Club Oaks at Sportsman's in April. She earned $37,800 to boost her bankroll to $213,690 for Barrington, Ill. resident James B. Tafel.
Cilio said he plans to work Scoop on the turf in the next couple of weeks and may start her next in the Grade III $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes here Sept. 15.
Earlier in the day, Bernard S. Flint's Can U Fly got up in the final stride to finish on even terms with Bill Anglin's Chicks Call Me in the $25,000 Windy City Dash for quarter horses. The pair stopped the timer in 20.32 seconds in recording the first dead heat in the nine-year history of the 400-yard event.
Richard Rettele rode Can U Fly, who returned $8.00, $6.60 and $2.80. G. R. Carter Jr. was astride Chicks Call Me, who paid $3.40, $4.20 and $2.40 (prices ok). Even-money favorite Casa de Royality finished a half-length back in third and paid $2.20.
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