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Festival of Racing 2005

Arlington Park Stakes Advance: Modesty Handicap

Contact: David Zenner


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 21, 2005) -- Andrena Van Doren's Shaconage, third in last year's Grade III Modesty Handicap, takes another stab at the $150,000 race, this time as the starting highweight in the field of 11 fillies and mares.

The Grade III race, the final local prep for the Grade I Beverly D., which will be run here August 13, is contested at the Beverly D. distance of a mile and three-sixteenths over Arlington's world renowned turf course. The Modesty Handicap is one of three six-figure stakes races on turf that comprise the track's Million Preview Day program that also includes the Grade III $200,000 Arlington Handicap for older horses and the Grade II $250,000 American Derby, presented by Jack Daniel's, for 3-year-olds.

A 5-year-old daughter of El Prado, Shaconage is winless in five starts this year but she has been competitive in graded stakes competition all year. Last time out, the Mitch Shirota-trained mare was second beaten only a half-length by Delta Princess in the Grade III Locust Grove Handicap at Churchill Downs on July 2. One month earlier, she finished second to that same rival in the Grade III Mint Julep Handicap under the Twin Spires of the Louisville oval. Assigned high weight of 117 pounds by racing secretary Frank Gabriel Jr., Shaconage will be ridden by Gary Stevens.

Next in the list of weights at 116 pounds are Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Noisette and Augustin Stable's Spring Season.

The former, a daughter of Broad Brush, is in search of her first win of the year. In her most recent trip to the post on June 19, the 5-year-old mare was third in the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup Handicap in Minnesota. Earlier this year, the Bill Mott trainee was third in the Grade III Hillsborough Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez re-teams with Noisette in the Modesty.

Spring Season looks for her second straight stakes win after capturing the $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park on July 2 in spite of a troubled trip that saw the 6-year-old mare steadied on the turn. The daughter of Seeking the Gold also finished second in the $100,000 John Rooney Memorial Handicap at Delaware Park in June. Trainer Jonathan Sheppard has named Ramon Dominguez to ride.

Also in the field for the Modesty are Oratis Thoroughbreds' Make My Heart Sing, Arthur I. Appleton's Atlantic Frost and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Humorous Miss, the 1-2-3 finishers in the $42,500 Possibly Perfect Stakes on July 4. Jesse Campbell has the mount on Make My Heart Sing, Larry Sterling Jr. has a return call aboard Atlantic Frost and James Graham has been named to ride Humorous Miss. All three horses have been assigned 114 pounds for Saturday's race.

Completing the field for the Modesty (with jockey and weight assignments) are: Ralls & Foster LLC's Cape Town Lass (Mark Guidry, 114); Garrett Redmond's Pretty Jane (Brice Blanc, 114); Gale Springer's Ide Be a Lady (E. T. Baird, 113); Monica Blakely's Ms. Purr (Eusebio Razo Jr., 112); and Cobra Farm Inc.'s Tisket a Tasket (C. H. Marquez Jr., 112).

Arlington Park -- the Chicago area's premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. -- is running a 94-day meet in 2005 from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, Sept. 18. Arlington Park, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates eight off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities: Trackside Arlington Park (Arlington Heights), Trackside Quad City Downs (East Moline), Trackside Chicago, Trackside McHenry, Trackside Rockford, Trackside South Beloit, Trackside Waukegan and Lucky's featuring Trackside OTB in South Elgin. Information on Arlington Park can be found online at

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